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 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); 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).

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.

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.

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.

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, following which she will be performing Dahlesque in concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in April 2018.

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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)