Elena’s current news
Heading into final week of rehearsal directing THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Artistry. One of my favorite milestones in the process, when all of the design elements come together to create the whole show. So proud of all the hard work my talented actors have put in over the past weeks, and excited to have our full band join the show.
Elena Giannetti is a Twin Cities-based director. Her most recent credits include The Last Five Years at Artistry, Coney Island Christmas at Lyric Arts, and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Park Square Theatre. Elena directed and produced the sold out "Audience Encore Favorite" at the 2013 MN Fringe Festival of A Certain Age (the honest and lighthearted look at what it is to be a woman over 40!). In addition, Elena has worked on mulitple projects as Assistant Director at Park Square Theatre.
Elena is the co-founder of PRIME PRODUCTIONS - a new professional theater company dedicated to Celebrating Women in their Second Act. After their successful launch in May 2017 with the production of Little Wars, PRIME started PRIME Voices: A Series of Staged Readings. Their next production will be in fall of 2018.
Elena is also an actor of stage and film, with recent credits including Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities at BCT, Goneril in King Lear at Park Square Theater, Becca in Rabbit Hole at TRP. She appeared in the 3rd season of the web series Theater People as well as numerous independent films including Recalibrate, Twin Cities, and Bringing It All Back Home. She recently appeared in the third season of ABC's In an Instant.
Elena is a member of SAG-AFTRA.
PRIME PRODUCTIONS - CO-FOUNDER
DIRECTING: (partial credits)
THE LAST FIVE YEARS - Artistry
CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS - Lyric Arts Mainstreet Stage
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Park Square Theater
WHAT SHE COULD HAVE BEEN - Theater Unbound
A CERTAIN AGE - MN Fringe
ALL'S FAIR - MN Fringe
ACTING: (partial credits)
THEATER (partial credits)
Diary of Anne Frank - u/s Mrs Frank, Mrs VanDaan - Park Square Theater (2016, 2017)
King Lear - Goneril - Park Square Theater
Other Desert Cities - Brooke Wyeth - Bloomington Civic Theatre
A Strange & Separate People - Phyllis - MN Jewish Theater Co.
Rabbit Hole - Becca - TRP
Chasing the Bird - Chan - Penumbra (OKRA-Gym Wkshp)
Our Class - Dora - MN Jewish Theatre Co.
Hiding in the Open - Mother - History Theatre
Six Degrees of Separation - Tess - Mixed Blood Theatre
Son of Dawn - Judy - Playwrights’ Center
My Name is Asher Lev - Rivkeh - MN Jewish Theatre Co.
Triangle Factory Fire Project - Margaret - MN Jewish Theatre Co.
Heaven & Home - Gabby - Playwrights’ Center
African Tales - Princess/Dancer - Children’s Theater Co.
Eli: A Mystery Play - Holucaust Survivor - The Guthrie Theater
The Marriage of Figaro - Ensemble - The Guthrie Theater
Christmas Carol - Belinda Crachit - The Guthrie Theater
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Indian Prince - The Guthrie Theater
Much Ado About Nothing - Beatrice - Macalester College
Romeo & Juliet - Juliet - Gustavus Adolphus College
- In an Instant (ABC 20/20) - Featured - Committee Films
- Theater People (S3) - Featured - Metamorphosis Films/Matthew Anderson, Dir.
- Twin Cities - Featured - David Ash, Dir.
- Recalibrate - Featured - Green Sea Productions/John Gigrich, Dir.
- Bringing It All Back Home - Jessica - Tammara Melloy, Dir.
- Film Clods - Car Buyer - Sandman Productions
Actors Workout - Guthrie - Raye Birk
Voice - Melissa Hart
Acting for the Camera - Master Class - M.K. Lewis (Los Angeles)
American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NY)
B.A. Dramatic Arts, Macalester College
Good ear for dialects: incl. Irish, British RP
Dance (pole, burlesque, belly dance, ballet, jazz, African), puppetry, yoga
~ Full Directing resume availabe upon request ~
A Strange & Separate People, 2013
"Elena Giannetti is heartbreaking as the wife, trying to deal with her autistic son as well as her husband. The script makes her overly cruel and vindictive at her husband’s betrayal, but in Giannetti’s hands, she remains a woman of strong spiritual strength that ultimately proves life-enhancing." ~ William Randal Beard, Star Tribune
Our Class, 2011
"It's difficult to single out any one performance from the solid ensemble...but Elena Giannetti gives a particularly striking turn as Dora, transitioning from giddy teenager to dissatisfied wife to sudden victim. The scene in which she describes being raped by three former classmates is a compelling mix of bewilderment and horror." ~ Star Tribune