Biography

Elissa Russell

Elissa Russell (she/her) has worked as a teaching artist, director, and theatre administrator for over a decade. Prior to joining San Diego Junior Theatre as Education Director, she spent 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! She recently co-directed Season 75’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical and will be directing Season 76’s production of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Musical

Directed by Elissa Russell
Music Direction by Eliza Vedar
Choreography by Ricardo Valenzuela

Book by Kevin del Aguila
Music and Lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler
Based on the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Book Series
by Jeff Kinney and the 20th Century Fox Films

Middle school, ugh. It’s the worst. Greg is determined not to be at the bottom of the popularity chart. He’ll leave that to his weird neighbor, Fregley. Or maybe Greg’s best friend, Rowley Jefferson. But it’s not going to be Greg…no way. Will Greg’s plans lead him to sacrifice his one true friend? Can anyone avoid the dreaded Cheese Touch? Grab a hall pass and don’t be late for an adventure familiar to anyone who actually survived middle school.