Biography

Elissa Russell

Education Director

Elissa Russell is thrilled to join San Diego Junior Theatre as Education Director after spending three years teaching, directing, and expanding outreach programming with Theatre Aspen Education in Colorado. Elissa has also worked as a teaching artist and administrator at Midland Community Theatre (where she was once a student!), Austin’s ZACH Theatre, and Virginia Repertory Theatre. She holds a degree from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in Shakespeare, and formerly reviewed theatre for the Austin Chronicle. Theatre has always been an essential part of Elissa’s life, and she is grateful to share her passion with the students of San Diego! This sprint, Elissa will be co-directing JT’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical.