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 recently traveled to Boise for the summer to perform with Idaho Shakespeare Festival as Gloria in Wait Until Dark, a role which she also played at Great Lakes Theater. She spent the 2017 holiday season at Dobama Theatre, appearing as Pockets in the regional premiere of Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars. Elise was recognized as a Superior Achievement Rising Star by the Cleveland Critics Circle for her work in this production.
She found her enjoyment of ensemble driven work while playing Betty Parris in The Crucible at the Tony Award Winning Cleveland Play House. Elise is a company member and intern at Ohio Shakespeare Festival where she appeared as Webster in Shakespeare in Love and spent two summer seasons working on Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, and Henry V.
In addition to private lessons, Elise trained in musical theatre at Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC and studied acting at the 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)