Elysa Marden directs in New York City, regionally, and internationally. Off-Broadway, she directed the world premieres of Esoterica, written and performed by Eric Walton (DR2), and I Hear (Oigo). Other NYC credits include The Sugar Mile (92nd Street Y), The Forever Waltz, Tarragona, Rattlesnake, Iphigenia, No Exit, Christopher Logue's The Husbands, Goethe's Persephone with A Phoenix Too Frequent, and The Cocktail Party. She has developed new plays with Liz Amberly, P. Seth Bauer, Mariana Carreno, Steven Fechter, Gary Giovannetti, Dana Leslie Goldstein, Henry Guzmán, Arlene Hutton, and Glyn Maxwell at such venues as New Dramatists, York Theater Co., Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Verse Theater Manhattan, Mabou Mines, Women’s Project, WorkShop Theater Company, and the A-Train Plays.
Elysa’s regional credits include Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Millbrook Playhouse, PA); Fuddy Meers (Capital Rep, Albany, Best of 2004, Troy Record); A Shayna Maidel, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and I'll Be Back Before Midnight (Brown Summer Theatre, RI); Blood Wedding and The Persians (Ancient Mask Rep, DC). University work includes Homebody/Kabul (University of Toledo; finalist for KCACTF), Ellen McLaughlin’s Trojan Women and June Moon (Brooklyn College). Her work has been seen internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe (The Forever Waltz, 2005) and at Canadian Fringe Festivals (This Town, winner, 2002 Media Choice Award for Best Play at the Saskatoon Fringe).
She served as a director-dramaturg for the New Perspectives Women’s Work Lab (2008-2012). Elysa was a member of the Women’s Project Directors Forum (2001-2003), and was the coordinator for the Ford Foundation funded Women’s Project Artistic Leadership Program. Her undergraduate studies at Brown University focused on Anthropology, and she also holds a Certificate in Film from NYU/SCPS. She participated in the LaMaMa Third International Symposium for Directors, and served as Co-Artistic Director of the WorkShop Theater Company 2003-2006. SDC.