Elaine is an actor, director, producer and teacher. She trained at National Institute of Dramatic Art and has worked in theatre, film and television and radio.
Acting credits include roles for Sydney Theatre Company, Q Theatre, new theatre, Company B, Griffin Theatre, Queensize Productions (Dacia Maraini's Mary Stuart –Excellence Award from International New York Fringe Festival), Windmill Theatre, Cumulus Productions (Mother Teresa is Dead, The Women of Lockerbie, Box and Quotations from Mao Tse-Tung).
In 2009 Elaine performed in A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Liv Ullmann, for the Sydney Theatre Company, touring to Washington (Kennedy Centre) and New York (BAM).
In 2010, at Teatro Cortile in Bolzano, Italy, Elaine premiered a group devised solo performance – Split the Lark - inspired by life and work of Emily Dickinson. A residency at Bundanon was followed by a second performance of this work at the Adelaide Fringe in 2012.
In 2012, Elaine took part in a performance of poems of Miyazama Kenji at Theatre X (Cai) in Ryogoku, Tokyo, directed by Roger Pulvers.
Other theatre work includes Empire or Terror on the High Seas (Tamarama Rock Surfers at Bondi Pavilion) ; Love Letters (Pocket Players, Southern Highlands) ; Mum, Me and the IED (Depot Theatre), Wanting, My Mother and Other Catastrophes, Let’s Talk About You, Giving Up the Ghost (all with Rivka Hartman’s Pop-Up Theatre) and Sillage (2016/2019) McElhone Place.
Film and Television work as an actor includes Cross-Life (Sydney Film Festival), Dying Breed (Tribeca), The Disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain, Joh’s Jury (AFI Best Actress Nomination), GP, Home and Away, All Saints, White Collar Blue, Grassroots, Heartbreak High, Chandon Pictures, Rake, Mary, the Making of a Princess and Rancour.
Directing credits include Endgame (Lookout Theatre); The Lady from Dubuque (Downstairs Belvoir); Poles Apart (Stables Theatre); The Death of Peter Pan; After the Fall (Associate Director), Relative Comfort, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Gross Indecency/The Importance of Being Earnest and Seven Little Australians (new theatre); The Man Who Came to Dinner (Genesian Theatre), A Touch of Paradise (Downstairs Belvoir) and Young Dramatists – Page to Stage (Co-Artistic Director 1999 – 2013 ), Heir Raising for Mardi Gras 2009 ,Associate Director on Trapped in Mykonos, Downstairs Seymour 2013, There Are Trees That Are Dancers (La Mama Courthouse), Vice and Acts of Faith at King Street Theatre and Associate Director on Bed Party at Old 505 Theatre.