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Elena Belyea is a queer-identified playwright, performer, producer, and educator from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
She is Artistic Director of Tiny Bear Jaws (a little theatre company with big teeth), former Artistic Director of the Common Ground Arts Society, and a co-founder of the Edmonton Found Festival, a showcase of multidisciplinary arts events that take place in non-traditional venues.
She has studied theatre at the University of Alberta (BA Honours in Theatre and Creative Writing) as well as the National Theatre School of Canada (Playwriting). Her plays have received numerous awards, including Best Production and Best New English Text at the 2015 Montreal Fringe Festival for her one-woman show Miss Katelyn's Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable, and First Place in the 2015 Wildside National Playwriting Competition with her play Cleave. She is currently developing a new play as part of Nightwood Theatre's 2016-2017 Write from the Hip program.
Her works explore the subjects of power, identity and gender, while seeking to subvert traditional notions of love and intimacy. She is passionate about relentlessly exploring the dramatic possibilities available exclusively in live performance.
"Belyea skillfully works the room, eliciting plenty of laughs but also a deep sense of anger and sadness." - Montreal Gazette
"I thought, "You cannot pull this off." But she totally does. It's incredible." - 9 to 5 dot cc Podcast
"By the end, Belyea has made us laugh, terrified us, and tugged at our heartstrings. An A+ show!" - Vue Weekly
"Elena Belyea and Ben Stevens present exceptional performances... A beautiful debut production by promising local talents." - Vue Weekly
"And no, I have not forgotten Shakespeare’s clowns, Dogberry (Elena Belyea) and Verges (Oscar Derkx). I was just leaving my praise for them for a final hurrah. From their difference in heights to their unabashed clowning, Belyea and Derkx are the scene stealers Shakespeare intended." - Calgary Herald
"The playwrights, Elena Belyea and Colin Matty, are enormously talented. It's commonplace to warn us about the end of the world, and nearly impossible to discover ways to dramatize the planet's last days. Belyea and Matty are careful to leave out the clichés and focus on dynamic scenes - sad, funny, beautiful, incomprehensible." - Edmonton Journal