“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.


Elisabeth Gunawan is a Chinese Indonesian actor, theatremaker and physical performer based in London and Singapore. She is an associate artist of several cutting-edge physical theatre companies including the David Glass Ensemble, Flabbergast Theatre and Created a Monster. 

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 the beautiful and the ugly, the sublime and the horrific, 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.

Represented by Sally Hope Associates
Mark Norfolk
108 Leonard Street, London EC2A4XS

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