Biography

With an outstanding list of credits to her name, Elise McCann is one of Australia’s most unique modern day performers.

Elise is most well known for originating the role of Miss Honey in the Australian company 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 recent 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 made her professional debut in the Australian revival cast of Fiddler On The Roof (TML) alongside Topol.  Since then her repertoire of theatrical credits includes Camelot (The Production Company), My Fair Lady (Opera Australia), Little Women (Kookaburra), Breast Wishes The Musical (Neil Gooding Productions), the lead role of June in Musical of Musicals (Triptych Theatre) and Ali in the Australian Tour of the smash hit Mamma Mia! (Littlestar).

More recently Elise has appeared in numerous theatrical roles including Doctor Zhivago (GFO), On The Twentieth Century (ImeldaThornton, Neglected Musicals Australia), Side By Side By Sondheim (Theatre Royal), South Pacific (Janet McGregor, Opera Australia/GFO), Falsettos (Cordelia, Darlinghurst Theatre Company), Into The Woods (Florinda, Victorian Opera), and It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman! (Sydney Carlton, The Hayes Theatre).

In November 2015 she appeared in concert with Stephen Schwartz in Stephen Schwartz in Conversation as part of the World Premiere Defying Gravity Concerts celebrating the music of legendary Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz.

Elise is previously most well known for her break out role as Lucille Ball in the critically acclaimed one woman show Everybody Loves Lucy (Luckiest Productions).  It ran sold out seasons in June/July 2014 after which it embarked on a 6 week national Australian Tour in February/March 2015.  Elise was nominated for Best Cabaret Production in the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards for her performance in Everybody Loves Lucy.

Elise most recently 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 in June of this year.  Following which her debut album of the same name featuring arrangements with an incredible 12 piece orchestra, was released by ABC Music/ Universal Music.  Visit her Album page or the Dahlesque Production page for further information on live shows and to purchase the album.

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 and the ACON Worlds AIDS Day Concert.  She recently performed at the From Sydney with Love Concert at Sydney Town Hall raising funds for the victims of the Orlando gun shootings.

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 and Up Close and Musical for Kookaburra.

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.

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

Elise will next appear as Meg Brockie in the Lerner & Lowe classic Brigadoon for The Production Company in Melbourne from October 2017 at the State Theatre.

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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)