Biography

Elise is most well known for originating the role of Miss Honey in the Australian production of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda for which she won the 2016 Helpmann Award and the 2015 Sydney Theatre Award, and was nominated for the 2016 Green Room Award for her portrayal of Miss Honey. After over 650 shows and two years in the role, Elise left Matilda in Perth with her final performance on Sunday March 19th 2017.

She is also featured in the Channel Seven miniseries Peter Allen – Not The Boy Next Door, playing Peter’s sister Lynne Woolnough.  Not The Boy Next Door won 7 AACTA’s at the 2015 AACTA Awards including Best Miniseries, was nominated for Best Drama at the 2016 Logie Awards and was nominated for Best Television Drama at the 2016 Monte Carlo Television and Film Festival.

A graduate of NIDA, Elise’s theatrical credits includes Lucille Ball in the critically acclaimed one woman show Everybody Loves Lucy (Luckiest Productions) for which she was nominated for Best Cabaret Performance in the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards.  Ali in the 10th Anniversary Australian Tour of MAMMA MIA!(Littlestar); Meg Brockie in Brigadoon (The Production Company), Ado Annie in Oklahoma! (The Production Company); Janet McGregor in the Australian tour of South Pacific (Opera Australia/Gordon Frost Organisation); The World Premier/Australian Tour of Doctor Zhivago (Gordon Frost Organisation); Fruma Sarah in the Australian Tour of Fiddler on the Roof (TML Enterprises); Cordelia in Falsettos (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); Florinda in Into The Woods (Victorian Arts Opera); Little Women (Kookaburra Australian National Theatre Company); My Fair Lady (Opera Australia); Camelot (The Production Company); Side By Side By Sondheim (Enda Markey Presents); June in Musical of Musicals (Tryptech Theatre); In concert with Stephen Schwartz in Stephen Schwartz in Conversation as part of the World Premiere Defying Gravity Concerts (Enda Markey Presents); Sydney Carlton in It’s a Bird It’s a Plane It’s Superman, (Hayes Theatre) and Imelda Thornton in On The Twentieth Century (Neglected Musicals Australia, Hayes Theatre)

In June 2017 Elise appeared in the World Premiere Dahlesque – a concert featuring music from adaptations of Roald Dahl’s classic stories, premiering at the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.  Following which her debut album of the same name featuring arrangements with an incredible 12 piece orchestra, was released by ABC Music/ Universal Music.  In April of 2018 Elise performed Dahlesque in concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and will next be taking Dahlesqueto Auckland with the Auckland Philarmonic and to QPAC in Brisbane alongside the Camerata Chamber Orchestra.

Passionate about developing new Australian work, Elise has been part of the workshop cast of a number of new Australian musical theatre and television productions including a Juke Box musical using the music of world renowned singer Pat Benatar, titled Love is a Battlefield; the original workshop cast of the  Stephen Schwartz Defying Gravity concert; another new Australian musical working title High Time, book by Denny Lawrence and Bob Ellis; and in May 2015 she completed filming the pilot for an original new musical comedy The Modern Guide to Dating by Australian writer, composer and performer John Fields.  She most recently shot the pilot for a new Australian TV comedy/drama, Tumbling, in QLD for the production house Two Little Indians.

A regular performer for charity, Elise has headlined Light the Night, Twisted Broadway, Hats Off!, the Mission Australia Charity Gala, Westmead Children’s Hospital Charity Ball, The Awakening Concert, The Sydney Women’s Fund Annual Charity Gala,the ACON Worlds AIDS Day Concert, the From Sydney with Love Concert at Sydney Town Hall raising funds for the victims of the Orlando gun shootings and the annual Hayes Theatre Christmas Carols raising money for the Wayside Chapel.

Elise has also guested in the Sydney Theatre Awards, Carols in the Domain, New Musicals Australia Launch, Australian Ethic Small Business Awards, the Australian MO Awards, the Third Annual Cabaret Showcase at Bar Me, All Star Cabaret for the Sydney Theatre Company, Up Close and Musical for Kookaburra, Home Grown Melbourne and Broadway Unplugged.

In August 2018 Elise sang the Australian National Anthem for the Australian Women’s Wallaroos Rugby Union team in the 2018 Bledisloe Cup test, the first ever double header alongside the Wallabies and All Blacks on Australian Soil.

Elise also produces live theatre under her production company Oriel Group.

Elise recently completed touring Australia with the West End Musical Concert Smash – Beyond the Barricade and is currently performing the role of Cathy in the Jason Robert Brown cult hit musical, The Last Five Years, for Ensemble Theatre company in Sydney, running until the end of April 2019.

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Shows:
Training:
NIDA Music Theatre
Larry Moss Professional Masterclass, 16th St Actors Studio, Sydney
(2013)
Meisner Privates – Isaac Byrne, Clinton Cameo Studios, NYC
(2013 / 2014)
Tom McSweeney Productions: Acting for Camera
(2012)
Actor’s Hub: Acting for Camera 3 month Intensive – Tom McSweeney
(2011)