Elsie has worked in Aotearoa and Australia as a director and actor. Her extensive theatre experience includes professional directing engagements for Sydney Conservatorium of Music, New Zealand Playhouse, NIDA, The Court Theatre, World Busker’s Festival and The Forge.
As assistant director she has worked for Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia, Auckland Theatre Company and Sydney Chamber Opera. Directing credits for the stage include a national tour of Phone A Friend [New Zealand Playhouse], The Fairy Queen [Sydney Conservatorium of Music], Book of Days [The New Theatre], Lashings of Whipped Cream [The Forge], Moira MacKenzie’s Wheel of Fortune [The World Busker’s Festival] The Great Piratical Rumbustification, Antarctic Adventure, Goldilocks, The Elves and the Shoemaker, [The Court Theatre], Boys, The Red Shoes [National Institute of Dramatic Arts] A Midsummer Night’s Dream [The Canterbury Young Shakespeare Company], co-directing a devised work L.O.V.E. [The Court Jesters], and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf [Canterbury Repertory Society]. She is currently collaborating with writer Kate McDowell to develop her one-woman show with LaBoite and NORPA. Elsie has worked in Australia and New Zealand as a script assessor and a dramaturge on new work and lead script developments for a number of theatre companies. In 2014 she was an affiliate director with Griffin Theatre, Sydney.
In her time spent working in professional theatre as an actor, Elsie has appeared widely in productions of new New Zealand works, contemporary comedy, musicals and classics. For many years she was a member of The Court Theatre’s Court Jesters, the longest running professional improvisational theatre troupe in Australasia.