Fall/Winter 2012

October 2012:



by Brian Delate

directed by Dan Bonnell

with the voice of  Elisa Matula

Elisa reprised her role of “Sister Blister” and  the voice of multiple characters for special performances of Memorial Day by actor and Vietnam veteran Brian Delate at the Drilling Company Theater, 236 West 78th St this October. After a successful first week, the Drilling Co extended the run for additional performances.

December 2012:

Elisa was honored to participate in the Old Vic New Voices Best of British workshop series for Emerging Artists. Much gratitude to Jo Mackie, Ben Furey and everyone at Old Vic New Voices for this inspiring opportunity.

Fall 2011 Updates


Performed the live voices of multiple characters (Daughter Barbara, Sister Blister and several others) for the latest incarnation of:

Memorial Day : a piece written and performed by actor and Vietnam veteran Brian Delate with the voice of Elisa Matula about a soldier’s experiences when he returns home from war. Choreography and guest direction by Tavia Trepte and sound by Mary Fassino. This piece has been under development at the Actors Studio here in New York under the direction of Dan Bonnell.


October 13, 14, 15 and Oct 20, 21, 22 at 7pm at 269 Bleecker Street as part of the All Things Project.

November 10th, the eve of Veterans Day, at 7pm at the Actors Studio in New York .

An incredible project dealing with the invisible wounds of war and how to restore our soldiers once they return. Talkbacks followed each of these performances with truly inspirational men and women committed to healing the most powerful of personal wounds and those of our greater community at large.

For more information visit: Restore Our Soldiers. You may also get involved with the Veteran-Civilian Dialogue lead by Scott Thompson at Intersections International.

Performed scenes from the Misanthrope and assisted in a Molière workshop for the wonderful students at the performing arts high school Talent Unlimited with director Anna Brenner and actor Matt Biagini.

JUNE 2011 Updates


-June 2011 at the Actors Studio in New York City:


written & performed by Vietnam veteran and actor Brian Delate

directed by Dan Bonnell

Elisa performed the voices of multiple characters and learned some Vietnamese for this role.

This timely piece presents an intimate look into the ancient and present day experiences that soldiers face when they return from war.


BOARDWALK EMPIRE with Steve Buscemi for HBO.



-Premiere of Independent Feature Film at the Spectacle Theater in Williamsburg

LOVE IS BLACK WATERa thrilling new independent feature film out of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Written and Directed by Sean Edward Lewis of Lilac Co., this Pandora’s Box narrative follows a young beauty who becomes entangled with a pair step brothers and ends up paying the ultimate price. A death dream set in old Brooklyn, in an abandoned storefront, on the east river.

-Also in May, Elisa became a joyful 300-hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga Instructor.

For information,  please contact elisa (at)elisamatula.com

APRIL 21-24, 2011

The Main Attraction


by John Douglas Weidner

directed by Anna Brenner

Thursday April 21, 2PM
Saturday April 23, 7PM
Sunday April 24, 2PM

80 Greenwich Street, New York, NY

THE MAIN ATTRACTION is a congenital low-grade comedy about love, betrayal… a Sasquatch.
Human and absurd in its style and storytelling with untamed theatricality, dance and music. It’s about people and their surprising potential as human beings.

“Doug Weidner’s The Main Attraction restores a sense of wonder to our conditioned theatrical experience. His plot and characters, at once mythic and familiar, take us someplace we’ve never been before, while affirming the pleasures, pains and absurdities of a life we know all too well.”

— Martin Epstein


Anastasia Holly
Elisa Matula
Erica Abbott
Jamie Mauer
Kelly Narcum
Maylin Murphy
Michael Guagno
Ryan Stinnett…
…and a few surprise guests.

Assistant Director: Kellie Mecleary

Part of the New Plays Now Playwriting Festival.

January-February 2011

Photo by Lee Wexler with David Little as Galileo, Marnye Young as Suor Maria Celeste, and Elisa Matula as Suor Arcangela
Photo by Lee Wexler with David Little as Galileo, Marnye Young as Suor Maria Celeste, and Elisa Matula as Suor Arcangela


Reviewers and audiences have been calling Elisa Matula’s performance as Suor Arcangela (Livia):

“admirable,” “stunning,” “incandescent,” “ethereal!”

Offoffonline Review

“Must-See Theater” New Theater Review

NY Times Photo, NYTimes

“Stunning performance by Arc Angela! When she tells Galileo the horrors of the future of science, the point … was to show the effect of this knowledge on Galileo’s 17th century mind. There was much humor and irony. The play is ahistoric. It’s a fiction…Watch this complex, ironic and brilliant play!” -Billy Rhodes, Village Voice Reader Review

“Elisa Matula is ethereal. She gives one of the best performances I’ve seen in my lifetime. The entire cast is exemplary.”-NYTimes Reader Review

“This isn’t at all a “historical” play. It’s fresh, energized yet there are many layers. It brings up serious issues for which there are no ready answers. …This play has been haunting me for a week.”- NYTimes Reader Review

“Once [Suor Arcangela] the possessed daughter gives her first speech, the play takes off….Theater doesn’t get any better than this.”-NY Times Reader Review

“Elisa Matula does an admirable performance as Livia, Suor Arcangela, the insane daughter suffering from demons and visions of torment…Her terrifying vision of the invention of a bomb especially resonates, making the point that Galileo’s theories could be the beginning of  a path to evil….A seamless ensemble with a team of very committed actors….A well-acted drama on all counts.”- Maura Kelley offoffonline

a play by Ira Hauptman
Directed by Susan Einhorn

January 27-February 13th
Wed-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm
*added performance Sun Jan 30 8pm

Theater for the New City
155 First Ave (at 10th St) New York, NY

Tickets $15/$12 Students & Seniors

STARRY MESSENGER is a new take on Galileo and his family. It’s about science, faith, demons, madness and self-sacrifice—the drama behind his famous recantation of his belief that the earth moves. It’s about his two daughters, who were nuns, and his son, a lawyer, who were all caught in the confusion of shifting definitions of truth. The play traces the effects of Galileo’s ordeals on his family, and his family’s role in his decision to renounce his discoveries.

The pursuit of scientific truth in the face of opposition from entrenched social and political forces could not be a more timely subject. It is with us today in our conflicts over evolution and global warming.

Photo by Lee Wexler with David Little, Marnye Young, and Elisa Matula
Photo by Lee Wexler with David Little, Marnye Young, and Elisa Matula



written by Seth Powers
at the Kraine Theater



written, produced, and performed by
veteran soldier and acclaimed actor
Brian Delate

Accompanied by the voices of
Elisa Matula

at the Actors Studio in Los Angeles, California

and at INTERSECTIONS in New York City as part of the Veteran-Civilian dialogues

This timely piece presents an intimate look into the ancient and present day experiences that soldiers face when they return from war.

More performances to follow in 2011.



To be released in early 2011.


Elisa participated in a 3-day development workshop at BAM incorporating marionettes, stilts, choreographic dance, and physical theater for:

69degrees SOUTH

Conceived and produced by

The Phantomb Limb Theatre Company

Directed by Gia Forakis

AUGUST 2010:

Inside, Not Looking Out

Directed by Debora Balardini

Not My Problem

Directed by Hiram Pines

Two experimental dance pieces performed as part of the New York Fringe Festival’s Al Fresco series en plein air.

SPRING 2010:

FX PROMO SHOOT for RESCUE ME with Dennis Leary

July 2010

July 7-25, 2010

GORMANZEE & Other Stories
at the FLEA Theater
July 7-25, 2010
Wednesday, Thursdays, & Sundays at 7pm
Fridays & Saturdays at 9pm

The Flea Theater
41 White Street, Tribeca, NYC | www.theflea.org

Come one, come all to three extraordinary pieces: Bill It, House on the Shore, Gormanzee!

June 2010:
-Performed Memorial Day at the Actors Studio in honor of Veterans everywhere on June 1st! A truly amazing experience.

-Performed an excerpt of The House on the Shore to a sold-out house at DTW as part of the Field FAR
Space residency.

-Participated in a workshop with Teatr PIesn Kozla (Song of the Goat Theater) In Wroclaw, Poland!

-Worked with the incomparable Linda Wise and Enrique Pardo from Pantheater in New York.

-Worked with Christopher Bayes and received a new clown name…..

-Went back in time to play a woman from the 30’s as part of the HBO Mini-series Mildred Pierce starrring Kate Winslet.