department with a minor in fine art. She began her entertainment career as a painter and puppet fabricator on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and has been passionate about design in her work ever since. As an actor, Elise has appeared in over a hundred films, television shows and commercials. As a director, she is known for her dramatic adaptations of literary works for PBS, including Cine-Golden Eagle winner Ralph Ellison's King of the Bingo Game and dramatic scenes from Invisible Man for the American Masters documentary on Ellison. She also directed the feature-length dark thriller Donner Pass and the short Darling, Darling, Wendy which won best short at numerous festivals this past year, including the Grand Remi Award at Worldfest Houston. She loves a good story, especially in the genres of period drama and fantasy, and believes that the worlds we create on screen have the power to transform the one we live in. A mother of two girls, she hopes to create content that is inclusive and inspiring.