Elena Belyea

Elena Belyea

Elena Belyea is a queer playwright, performer, producer, and arts educator from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Elena has worked with the following companies: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, One Yellow Rabbit, Downstage Theatre, Centaur Theatre, Major Matt Mason Collective, Nightwood Theatre, Swallow-A-Bicycle, Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre, Théâtre Prospero, and Nextfest....
Elena Belyea is a queer playwright, performer, producer, and arts educator from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Elena has worked with the following companies: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, One Yellow Rabbit, Downstage Theatre, Centaur Theatre, Major Matt Mason Collective, Nightwood Theatre, Swallow-A-Bicycle, Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre, Théâtre Prospero, and Nextfest.

Past credits and collaborations include: co-founding the Common Ground Arts Society’s Found Festival (a showcase of multidisciplinary arts events that take place in non-traditional venues), co-creating and performing in "The Worst Thing I Could Be (Is Happy)" (produced by Tiny Bear Jaws and presented as part of Buddies in Bad Times' 2018 Rhubarb Festival, Toronto, February 2018), playwright of "Cleave" (produced by Tiny Bear Jaws and presented as part of Fringe Theatre's curated Backstage Season, Edmonton, March 2018), writing and performing in "Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable" (produced by Tiny Bear Jaws and presented by Downstage Theatre in Calgary, Fringe Theatre in Edmonton, and the Sunset Theatre in Wells, summer of 2018; French translation premiered at Théâtre Prospero in May 2018). Elena was also a member of the 2016-2017 Write From the Hip Playwriting Unit (Nightwood Theatre, Toronto). Elena’s plays have received numerous awards, including First Place in the 2015 Wildside National Playwriting Competition with "Cleave" (which was also included as part of the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s 2018 Surefire List). Elena is the current recipient of the Tarragon Theatre's RBC Emerging Playwright Award and a 2018/2019 Playwright-in-Residence.

A graduate of the University of Alberta as well as the National Theatre School of Canada (Playwriting), Elena has mentored emerging writers and theatre makers for almost a decade through numerous arts organizations such as the University of Virginia’s Young Writers’ Workshop, The Citadel Theatre’s Foote Theatre School, the University of Alberta’s New Works Festival, to name a few.

Plays

  • Miss Katelyn's Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable
    "You see, boys and girls... bad things happen to good people all the time. So, it’s our job to make sure we’re as prepared as possible for the innumerable threats that can and will come our way. And not just prepared prepared. Miss Katelyn prepared."

    Montreal, Columbine, Newtown, Orlando. Welcome coyotes to your last day of classes at Saint Joseph’s Elementary. Your teacher, Miss...
    "You see, boys and girls... bad things happen to good people all the time. So, it’s our job to make sure we’re as prepared as possible for the innumerable threats that can and will come our way. And not just prepared prepared. Miss Katelyn prepared."

    Montreal, Columbine, Newtown, Orlando. Welcome coyotes to your last day of classes at Saint Joseph’s Elementary. Your teacher, Miss Katelyn, knows the world is a dangerous place and her lifesaving lesson is about to begin. Winner of Best Production and Best New English Text at the 2015 Montreal Fringe Festival and recently translated into french, "Miss Katelyn's Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable" is a fast-paced comedic drama about panic in a post-truth world and one woman’s desperate attempt to keep her students out of harm’s way .
  • Cleave
    For 17-year old intersex 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.
  • Smoke
    Two years after hooking up at a graduation party, Jordan shows up at Aiden's apartment, demanding why she's telling their mutual friends he sexually assaulted her. The smoke is thick and the town is burning. What will it take to put it out?