“Elisabeth Gunawan holds the audience deftly in the palm of her hand. …She is one to watch.”
-Kristine Landon-Smith / Olivier Award-nominated Director
b. 1993 Jakarta, Indonesia
New York University. BA Postcolonial Discourse. 2011-14.
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. MA Theatre Lab. 2019-20.
& The International School of the Hard Knocks™
Elisabeth Gunawan is a Chinese Indonesian actor, theatremaker and physical performer based in London and Singapore. With Flabbergast Theatre, she is devising and performing a visceral physical theatre adaptation of Macbeth, premiering this summer at Ludlow Fringe. Her solo bouffon piece Unforgettable Girl, co-produced with Created a Monster will be premiering this fall at the Golden Goose Theatre and at VOILA! Festival. For the period of 2021-2022, she is a resident artist at the Grotowski Institute.
Elisabeth has studied and collaborated with many pioneers and award-winning directors including David Glass, Matej Matejka, Madeline Sayet, and the late Mary Overlie. Her past body of work includes collaborations with various theatre companies and artists in North America (East West Players, Mad and Merry) and Singapore (Pink Gajah Theatre, Method Productions).
Elisabeth is particularly drawn to transgression and contradictions. She is fascinated by the oscillation between beauty and ugliness, truth and blasphemy, the mythic and the banal.
She believes that the theatre should feel like a kiss: it may be rough and tumble or soft as a whisper, but always sensual, irresistible and out of love for the audience.
2021-2022 Grotowski Institute Artistic Residency/Traineeship
2021 – Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts – ‘Unforgettable Girl’
2021 – East Asian Ticket Club x Hawkwood College
PERFORMER AND DEVISER
2021 – “SPINNING WHEEL” / Hannah Kumari x Blind Summit
2020-2021 – “MACBETH” / Flabbergast Theatre
2020 – “MARGOT MONROE’S NIBELUNGENLIED” / David Glass Ensemble
2019 – “CORRIDORS AND CORNERS” / National Library of Singapore x Pink Gajah Theatre
2017-2019 “THE BODY TRILOGY” / Method Productions x Giovanni Ortega
2018 – “THE AB PROJECT” / Make It Share It x David Glass Ensemble
Represented by Sally Hope Associates
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