Eli has trained for 10+ years with the Society of American Fight Directors, and is currently training to become a Certified Teacher.
They have also trained with and are considered an Advanced Actor Combatant with the following organizations:
They were Barrymore Nominated in 2019 for their work on 'Tis Pity She's A Whore (Philadelphia Artists Collective).
Their work has been seen recently in Shakespeare In Love (People's Light), Man of God (InterAct Theatre), Indecent (Arden Theatre), The Sea Voyage (Philadelphia Artists Collective), Moby Dick (Hedgerow Theatre), Such Things As Vampires (People's Light), and Oliver! (Quintessence Theatre). They have also had the great privilege of assisting on a number of productions under Broadway FMs Ian Rose and J. David Brimmer.
Eli also teaches and assistant teaches several stage combat classes in the Philadelphia area, including at the Philadelphia Stage Combat Workshop, and with the organization Arte Violenta. Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date on their upcoming work!
Eli is a Certified Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors International and Intimacy Directors & Coordinators, and has served as Intimacy Director for numerous productions in the Philly area, including Dance Nation (The Wilma), Among the Dead (Theatre Exile), Completeness (Theatre Exile), The WIld Party (University of the Arts), and Such Things as Vampires (People's Light and Theatre).
They also teach introductory classes in intimacy and consent for the stage at universities and organizations. Contact them via email for more information, or if you or your institution is interested in hosting a class.
Eli was recently interviewed by Billy Penn (A project of WHYY) about their work as an Intimacy Director. The interview can be found HERE.
Eli continues to train with IDI, and has trained with Intimacy Directors including Alicia Rodis (HBO), Claire Warden (HBO & Broadway), and Tonia Sina (Co-founder of IDI). The organization seeks to safely and effectively choreograph and direct scenes involving Intimacy for the stage and screen. Eli believes that Intimacy Direction is incredibly important work, and is honored to be part of the IDI team.
More info on IDI's work can be found HERE.