Elva has worked for many years as an actress, director, writer and teacher. She began her teaching career in 1997 at Tring Park; for ten years she was Head of Acting at Urdang Academy London and later Course Leader at Bodywork Dance Studios Cambridge. More recently she has directed Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” at the IAB in Barcelona and “ Betty Blue Eyes” by Stiles and Drewe at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. She is also Artistic Director of Vital Theatre UK, a new project providing workshops for graduating students and emerging professional.
Performing credits include “A Patriot For Me” with Alan Bates at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket; “Same Time Next Year” with Dennis Waterman at the Old Vic; touring productions of Noel Coward’s “Fallen Angels” and John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger”; the serialisation of Thomas Hardy’s novel “Jude the Obscure” with Michael Pennington for the BBC; and “The Most Dangerous Man in the World” with Martin Shaw for BBC films.
Directing credits include “Out Damned Spot” at the Tristan Bates Theatre and “The Road to Skibbereen” at the Arcola Theatre, London. Elva is also a writer; her plays have been performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre London, Mumford Theatre Cambridge, Judith E Wilson Studio Cambridge, The Rose Theatre Studio Kingston-upon-Thames, and the 503 in Battersea.
Qualifications: M.A (Kingston University) Making Plays - Writing & Devising for the Theatre, Rose Bruford College Diploma (Combined Teaching & Acting),