Elise Marenson was an actor before becoming a writer. "Having been an actor contributes richly to my writing". She has written numerous screenplays and stage plays in drama and comedy.
She optioned a Christmas MOW script in October 2019. Also in 2019, her political play Critical Affairs was seen in the LIC Short Play Festival. Her dark comedy Head Trauma was part of the Boo Festival at the Players Theatre in New York.
Her play Wide Blossoms was produced at HERE Arts Center in October/November 2016. In 2015, her play Real Estate of Emergency had a production at Metropolitan Playhouse in New York. Learn To Drive was voted Best Drama at the First Stage Los Angeles Playwrights Festival in 2014. Colony was seen in the 2014 Midtown International Theatre Festival. In 2011, she wrote and directed Straight From The Rib, a show gleaned from life experience, with twenty-seven monologues performed by a cast of nine women.
She directed productions at the Abingdon Theatre, WorkShop Theater Company, Samuel French OOB Festival, New Center Stages, Strawberry Theatre Festival, Sounding Theater, Atlantic Theater School, Westbeth Theatre, The Triad, as well as numerous readings. With American Flamingos, she recently completed another full length play Comfort Zones.
She holds two screenplay options and is currently developing a TV series with a female lead detective. Her feature length screenplays Jeremy, Malcolm, and Bess, Spacious Skies, Chorus Girl, and Picked Out, were finalists in Ace Fest, FilmMakers International, Scriptapalooza, and Chesterfield Writers Film Project competitions. She wrote and directed Joanie and Amalia which earned jury mention at the International Short Film Festival at Clermont-Ferrand. She is a script consultant and has taught acting, using what she learned from her teacher Uta Hagen. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and NYWIFT (NY Women in Film & Television).
Unique traits: Bilingual in English & French
Perfect Deception Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller A happily married woman’s perfect life turns into a nightmare when her grifter husband leaves her broke and hires an assassin to kill her. A woman-in-peril MOW script.
A Fool's Game Budget: $100K - $1M | Mystery ⋄ Crime A rural sheriff and his teen daughter investigate a string of female murders that plague their sleepy forest village. Set in present day.
Boys Love This Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy A late bloomer in working class Brooklyn kidnaps a hot personal trainer to be her boyfriend.
Theater by The Eagle Project/Jessi D. Hill (Drama) Playwright Wide Blossoms takes place one evening at a Baton Rouge bar, shortly after Hurricane Katrina. James, a young lawyer drinking perhaps to numb a guilty conscience, is from a biracial family but passes for white. He is about to leave when a mysterious young African American woman appears, disheveled and disoriented. She drops phrases and poems that haunt him. James, why didn’t you bring the boat? Mari asks. He insists that he doesn’t know her. But Mari persists. The storm left her with nothing but the poems of her grandpa who drowned in the flooding waters. As the bar nears closing time, James learns that the grandfather he never knew perished in the storm, because he did nothing to rescue him. Mari forces him to come out of denial, face the past, and take a first step at looking after someone other than himself. This night, James gets a second chance at redemption.
Play LEARN TO DRIVE voted Best Drama at First Stage LA.