Elena Belyea

Elena Belyea

Elena Belyea is a queer-identified playwright, performer, poet, producer, and recent graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting Program. She was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, where she has been producing work for the past 10 years. She was Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Common Ground Arts Society from 2012 to 2013, during which time she co-founded the Edmonton Found Festival, a...
Elena Belyea is a queer-identified playwright, performer, poet, producer, and recent graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting Program. She was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, where she has been producing work for the past 10 years. She was Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Common Ground Arts Society from 2012 to 2013, during which time she co-founded the Edmonton Found Festival, a site-specific multidisciplinary arts event which takes place in non-traditional venues. She is the recent winner of the Wildfire National Playwriting Competition with her play “Cleave” and recipient of the Enbridge Nextfest Emerging Artist Award. She has published poems in North Carolina’s Metabolism and Edmonton’s Other Voices.

Plays

  • Miss Katelyn's Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable
    *Winner of Best Production and Best New English Text at the 2015 Montreal Fringe Festival. Montreal, Columbine, Newtown, Oregon. Miss Katelyn loves every student that walks into her classroom. She also knows the world is a dangerous place. A well-intentioned school-drill is about to go wrong. Join class 3B in this comedic drama about one woman’s desperate attempt to keep her students out of harm’s way.
  • Cleave
    *Winner of the 2015 Wildfire National Playwriting Competition. For 17-year old intersexed Aaron, the new school year means a new chance at life. For Pina, another shot at head cheerleader. For Mark, open season. A stranger intersects with a family in exile from itself. Parents Paul and Carol struggle to keep their secrets from their children, desperate to know the truth. Like a surgeon’s knife before a first...
    *Winner of the 2015 Wildfire National Playwriting Competition. For 17-year old intersexed Aaron, the new school year means a new chance at life. For Pina, another shot at head cheerleader. For Mark, open season. A stranger intersects with a family in exile from itself. Parents Paul and Carol struggle to keep their secrets from their children, desperate to know the truth. Like a surgeon’s knife before a first incision, the scalpel is poised and ready to slice.