Elena Belyea

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Elena Belyea is a queer playwright, performer, producer, and arts educator from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

She is Artistic Director of Tiny Bear Jaws (a little theatre company with teeth), former Artistic Director of the Common Ground Arts Society, and a co-founder of the Edmonton Found Festival, a showcase of multidisciplinary arts events that take place in non-traditional venues. She was a member of Nightwood Theatre's 2016-2017 Write from the Hip playwriting program.

She studied theatre at the University of Alberta (BA First Class Honours in Theatre and Creative Writing) as well as the National Theatre School of Canada (Playwriting). Her plays have received numerous awards, including First Place in the 2015 Wildside National Playwriting Competition with her play "Cleave", as well as Best Production and Best New English Text at the 2015 Montreal Fringe Festival for her one-woman show "Miss Katelyn's Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable" (premiering in french in Montreal as part of Théâtre Prospero's 2017-2018 season).

She has mentored emerging writers and theatre makers for almost a decade through numerous arts organizations such as the University of Virginia’s Young Writers’ Workshop, The Citadel Theatre’s Foote Theatre School, the University of Alberta’s New Works Festival, to name a few.