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ELISE DEWSBERRY

SAG / CANADIAN EQUITY / ACTRA
MEMBER OF ACADEMY REPERTORY COMPANY

Cell: 562-212-6415
Home: 323-663-1760
Voice: Mezzo low F to high B
Height: 5’9″
Hair: Blonde/Brown
Eyes: Brown
THEATRE
Forum (A Funny Thing…) Domina Cabrillo/MTW (L. Wilkenfeld)
Forks in the Road 15 Minute Musicals Lonny Chapman Theatre
Frogs in the Living Room Aline Barnsdall NoHo Arts Center
Mary Marie Woman Stages, Rubicon, Chance
City of Light Molly’s Mother ARC, Santa Barbara Festival
The Angel of Painted Post Ruth Lonny Chapman Theatre (ARC)
Now and Then A Hero Patricia, Cora, et al. Colony (Cate Caplin)/STAGES
Red v. Blue (15 Minute Musicals) all five shows Colony Theatre (NMI)
Spellcasters Queen Mab, Sycorax The Secret Rose ACToberfest 07
Der Strunkenwhitenlieder Apostrophe Colony Theatre
Ernest in Love Lady Bracknell Long Beach Playhouse (Kysa Cohen)
Suburb! The Musical Rhoda Ravitch Long Beach Playhouse (Martin Lang)
Seminars with Style Lady Hilda
von Wimbleshot (as featured in L.A. Times)
Fern’s Garden, Los Alamitos
The Mikado Katisha Long Beach/Drayton Festival
Roundheads & Peakheads Cornamontis/Superior Cubiculo Theatre – OOB
Mikado/Pinafore Chorus Stratford Shakespeare Festival
Lady Macbeth Macbeth Virginia Shakespeare Festival
A Flea in Her Ear Olympe Pennsylvania Stage Company
Summer & Smoke Alma Winemiller Boston Conservatory Theatre
Move Over, Mrs. Markham Joanna Markham Kawartha Festival
Anne of Green Gables Miss Stacy u/s Tapestry Music Theatre
The Club Freddie Lunchbox Theatre Calgary
Noises Off Belinda Blair Montclair Summer Theatre (NJ)
Pack of Lies Barbara Jackson Montclair Summer Theatre (NJ)
The Real Thing Charlotte Montclair Summer Theatre (NJ)
Brighton Beach Memoirs Blanche Muskoka Festival Theatre
 

FILM & TELEVISION

It’s A Miracle Lead PAX (dir. Christopher Poole)
Frog Goes to Dinner Lead Short (dir. Gary Templeton)
Good Sex with Dr. Ruth Lead Lifetime Network
Mikado/Pinafore Featured CBC (dir. Norman Campbell)
 

TRAINING

Boston Conservatory Theatre B.F.A. (Drama /Musical Theatre Major)
Royal Conservatory of Toronto A.R.C.T. (Speech Arts – Performance)
 

SPECIAL SKILLS

Quick study, Looping, Dialects (Standard British, Irish, Southern), Roller Blading, Computer Whiz, Good with Children, Up-to-date U.S. Passport
resume - DIRECTOR/DRAMATURGE

ELISE DEWSBERRY

DRAMATURG/DIRECTOR/WRITER

DRAMATURGY/STORY EDITING:

  •  Artistic Director, New Musicals Inc. (formerly Academy for New Musical Theatre) 2009 to present
    ongoing dramaturgy for member projects as part of the ANMT curriculum, as well as for producer-driven projects for producers across the country
  • Associate Artistic Director, Academy for New Musical Theatre (ANMT) 2004 to 2009
    ongoing dramaturgy for member projects as part of the ANMT curriculum, as well as for producer-driven projects for producers across the country
  • Dramaturg for the NMI/ANMT Seach for New Voices in American Musical Theatre – (annual)
  • Co-Owner and Outlining & Book Lab Evaluator for WritingMusicalTheatre.com, an online curriculum in the craft of writing for musical theatre
  • Founding Member of the Academy Repertory Company (ARC) at ANMT
  • Dramaturg for world premiere of THE MAX FACTOR FACTOR by Adrian Bewley, Joseph Blodgett, and Chana Wise – summer 2015 – NoHo Arts Center
  • Dramaturg for world premiere of A RING IN BROOKLYN by Eric Dodson and Alan Fleishman – summer 2013 – NoHo Arts Center
  • Dramaturg for early development of HOME STREET HOME by Fat Mike, Soma Snakeoil, and Jeff Marx – 2011-2015
  • Dramaturg for early development of LOVE BYTES by Roger Love and Ann McNamee – 2009-2014
  • Dramaturg for world premiere of BACK TO THE DREAM at the Red Mountain Theatre Company in Birmingham, Alabama – Spring 2006
  • Dramaturg for world premiere of the new musical IMELDA at East West Players – May 2005
  • Free-lance Story Editor – 1990-1999
    on-going analysis and story editing for feature film scripts for various Canadian filmmakers including Myra Fried (HURT PENGUINS)
  • Co-Director (with Virginia Reh) of the SCRIPT LAB – a writers’ and actors’ collective for developing new Canadian scripts – 1990 – 1999
    included teaching the Writers Intensive Workshop, facilitating play readings, and providing script analyses
  • Dramaturgical Associate – Canadian Stage Company – New Play Development
    November 1992 – April 1994 (full time position) with Peter Hinton and Iris Turcott
  • Resident Dramaturg – Smile Theatre Company for 1992-93 season
  • Dramaturg for new musical FIREWEEDS.  Book, Music and Lyrics by Cathy Elliott
    staged reading as a benefit for Script Lab
  • Assistant Co-ordinator of the Muskoka Festival Musical Theatre Writers’ Colony under Patrick Young (Summer 1991)

 

DIRECTING:

  • Director of ANMT’s annual 15 MINUTE MUSICALS – 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016
    – new 15 minute musicals, at the Colony Theatre/Lonny Chapman
  • Director of INVISIBLE – LONNY CHAPMAN/3-D THEATRICALS – STAGES FESTIVAL 2015 and Concert Reading – COLONY THEATRE 3-D THEATRICALS – JUNE 2016
    staged reading of a new musical by David Hollingsworth and David Orris
  • Director of MAD BOMBER and BLOODLINE – STAGES FESTIVAL 2013
    staged readings of new musicals
  • Director of CITY OF LIGHT – COLONY THEATRE 2013
    staged reading of a new musical by Gabrielle Wagner, Jan Roper, and Julie Weiner
  • Director of MARIE MARIE – NOHO ARTS CENTYER 2012
    staged reading of a new musical by Chana Wise and Carl Johnson
  • Director of THE RING – STAGES FESTIVAL 2011
    staged reading of a new musical by Eric Dodson and Alan Ross Fleishman
  • Director of THE WATER – COLONY THEATRE 2009
    staged reading of a new musical by Georgia Stitt, Jeff Hylton, and Tim Werenko
  • Director of THE GROUCH’S DAUGHTER – THOUSAND OAKS FESTIVAL 2007
    staged reading of a new musical by Mark Hollmann and Jack Helbig
  • Director of LOOT at The Longbeach Playhouse – 2004
  • Director/Dramaturg/Producer of the one-woman musical NINE MONTHS 1992-2008
    Book and Lyrics by Carl Ritchie and Music by Stephen Woodjetts
  • Director/Dramaturg/Producer of the one-woman musical NINE MONTHS II 1996-1998
    Book and Lyrics by Carl Ritchie and Music by Stephen Woodjetts
  • Director of NUNSENSE II and NUNSENSE III at Rainbow Theatre, Parry Sound – 1995, 1998
  • Director of the World Premiere of STAINS by Danny Zanbilowicz – December 1994
    a BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES Seed Show – Toronto
  • Director of EAST OF ELVIS by Rona Waddington – Red Barn Theatre – August, 1993
  • Director of THE MIKADO – Georgetown Globe Productions – May, 1993
  • Director of CHAPTER TWO by Neil Simon – Scarborough Players – January, 1993
  • Director of NORA’S HOUSE by Cathy Elliott – World Premiere – Smile Theatre Co. – March, 1993
  • Director of FIREWEEDS by Cathy Elliott – World Premiere at the Red Barn Theatre – July, 1992
  • Assistant Director of THAT DIVINE CLARA by Robert More
    World Premiere – Smile Theatre Company (Tom Kneebone, A.D.)
  • Director of THE PRINCESS AND THE HANDMAIDEN by Leslie Arden for Prologue to the Performing Arts
  • Apprentice Artistic Director of the Muskoka Festival (under Michael Ayoub) (1991)
  • Assistant Director of SEDUCED BY MOONLIGHT at the Muskoka Festival
  • Director of I DO, I DO! for the Muskoka Festival Young Company 1991

 

WRITING:

  • ANY BODY HOME? (with Carl Ritchie)
    a full-length farce – published by Dramatic Publishing, Inc.
    multiple productions worldwide
  • CONNECTED (with Carl Ritchie)
    a one-act play on the hazards of inter-office voice mail commissioned by
    Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary for their Stage One Festival – 1998
  • THE MUFFIN CLUB (with Carl Ritchie)
    a one-act play about the infamous woman-only pyramid scheme
    commissioned by Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary for their Stage One Festival
  • MORTGAGE! (with David Warrack and Michael Lamport)
    a musical mid-life crisis based loosely on La Boheme
    a workshop was presented in May of 1999 in Toronto
  • A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE (with David Fleishman)
    a feature film script on the true-life story of a Canadian hero
  • SONATA D’AMORE (with arrangements by Charles Cozens)
    an eclectic concert piece for two actor/singers and chamber ensemble
    a fifteen-minute version was presented at Ontario Contact 1997

 

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • • Ovation Voter – 8 seasons (and current season)
  • • Founder of the SoCal New Musicals Network – 2010 to 2012
  • • Member of the New Works Committee for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre – 2009
  • • Member of the Selection Committee for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s annual Festival of New Musicals – 2005, 2006, 2008-2010
  • • Member of Trial Audition Panel – Theatre Ontario Trial Auditions – November, 1992
  • • Workshops in Directing – Drayton Festival Theatre, August 1992
  • • Play Polishing – CALIFORNIA SUITE – Guelph Little Theatre – September, 1992
  • • Member of Muskoka Festival’s Musical Theatre Writers’ Colony, 1988-1991
  • • Member of Script Development Workshop, New York City, 1984-1989
  • • Member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Ontario 1994-1998