“Elisabeth Gunawan captivates… Her ability to shepherd the audience is matched only in the delicious way she leaves them stranded…”
-Angelo Irving, The Stage
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 critically-acclaimed and award-winning Chinese Indonesian actor, maker and performer. Her work explores the naked encounter between performer and audience, where the audience is watching as much as they are being watched. She is particularly drawn to transgression and contradictions, using blasphemy and myth to explore stories that go beyond the horizontal line of human drama to the vertical line of heaven and hell.
She has worked as a performer and deviser with the David Glass Ensemble, Flabbergast Theatre and Ad Infinitum. Her solo bouffon piece Unforgettable Girl, co-produced with Created a Monster won the OFFFest award at VOILA! Festival.
Her ongoing projects include performing in Flabbergast Theatre’s physical theatre adaptation of Macbeth, and directing and co-devising Jasmine Chiu and Ellandar Production’s At Broken Bridge. For the period of 2021-2022, she is a resident artist at the Grotowski Institute.
She is the founder of the artistic collective Saksi Bisou, a migrant-led company that tells stories the corporeal and imagined landscapes of exile and migration. Their debut Stampin’ in the Graveyard was a concept album/digital theatre piece that combined soundscapes and poetry to tell the story of the end of the world—it is now in development as a live piece of theatre titled Promised Land—an immersive theatre and sound experience that was presented in Holy Cross Church in October 2021 as part of the Bloomsbury Festival.
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).
Represented by Sally Hope Associates
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