Elena Velasco, MFA
Areas of Specialization - Acting, Directing, Movement, Theatre for Social Justice, Physical Theatre, Puppetry and Youth Theatre
Elena Velasco is a theatre artist whose work encompasses many aspects of performance, production, activism and education. She firmly believes that through a redefined actor-audience relationship and a “multilingual” approach to performance, theatre can be the catalyst for change in society and identifying intersections in humanity. During her 25 year career she has devoted her time equally between performance and residency work. She has taught theatre through the lens of community engagement and education throughout the DC metro area, with a focus on Title 1, immigrant and “invisible” populations.
She is the Artistic Director and Co-founder of Convergence Theatre, a multidisciplinary performance collective that creates work centered on social justice. Ms. Velasco is the director and resident teaching artist for Óyeme, a theatre arts haven for unaccompanied minors, and immigration advocacy professional performance company. Her directing and choreography credits include Convergence Theatre, Synetic Family Theater, Mead Theatre Lab, Source Theatre, Imagination Stage, Young Playwrights’ Theater, Capital Fringe, Discovery Theater and Catholic University. She has also choreographed for Avant Bard, Theatre J, Keegan Theatre and Catholic University. Ms. Velasco is a member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA and has performed at the Kennedy Center, Theatre Alliance, Discovery Theatre, Imagination Stage, Signature Theatre STAGES, and in several films, commercials, and TV shows. She currently serves as the Co-Director of Multiculturalism and Diversity for the American Alliance of Theatre and Education.
Awards: Anacostia Arts Center Residency 2017-2018 and ARCH Development grant; Southeastern Theatre Conference Tom Behm Professional Development Scholarship 2017; Graduate Assistantship, Catholic University, 2012-2015.
Publication: “The Bilingual Classroom: Teaching through Verbal and Physical Language.” Arts Integration in Education: Teachers and Teaching Artists as Agents of Change; ed. Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian and Yvonee Pelletier Lewis.
Conferences Presentations: American Alliance for Theatre and Education 2016 and 2017; Theatre Communications Group 2016; Theatre in Our Schools, 2015 and 2016.
Education: MFA in Directing and Bachelor of Arts in Drama (Magna Cum Laude), Catholic University of America.
To see her work: www.elenavelasco.net and www.convergencetheatre.org