Elise Pakiela is an actor and singer who has trained and performed professionally in both New York City and the Greater Cleveland area. She is represented by Docherty Talent Agency and is an Equity Membership Candidate.
Elise traveled to Boise to perform with Idaho Shakespeare Festival as Gloria in Wait Until Dark, a role which she also played at Great Lakes Theater. As a young actor, she found her enjoyment of ensemble driven work while playing Betty Parris in The Crucible at the Tony Award Winning Cleveland Play House. Elise was recognized as a Superior Achievement Rising Star by the Cleveland Critics Circle for her work in Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars at Dobama Theatre.
In addition to private lessons, Elise trained in musical theatre at Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC and studied acting at the ArtsBridge Dramatic Acting Intensive, Dobama Emerging Actors Program, and Interlochen Center for the Arts where she performed as Feste in Twelfth Night.
When she is not performing, Elise can be found standing on her head in a yoga class, frantically chasing her puppy, pursuing her interest in teaching, or color-coding something.
(Headshots: Downie Photography/Hair + Makeup: Elizabeth Cook)