photo by Kristine O'Sullivan

photo by Kristine O’Sullivan

Thank you for stopping by to learn more about me. Just who am I?

I’m Elaine, EBell, CoCo, Lil’ Bit, Momma…or any of the other nicknames that have been bestowed upon me. It all started out in the Steeterville area of Chicago, when Ma Bell gave birth to me and brought me home to the scrappy Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s storied West side. The first time we got the inkling that acting might help deter me from pestering my brother was at a school assembly during Black History Month, when each second grader had an excerpt from Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech. In my seven years, I’d watched that speech so many times on PBS that when it came time for me to do my part… I became Martin (at least It felt that way). I was that southern, black preacher, like Rev. Saunders preaching at the pulpit each long Sunday at the corner church I attended with Ma Bell and my brother Gerald. From there, it was Scrooge in Christmas Carol and many other roles throughout my advanced high school curriculum.

Since then, I’ve grown tremendously as an actor. I pursued a BA with dual emphasis in Theatre and Psychology at the University of Tulsa, and continued actor training at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Artistic Home (Chicago) and Black Box Acting (Chicago).

Along the way, I’ve had the pleasure of working and playing with some of the most amazing people.

I’ve traveled the country, held the requisite day jobs–from foodservice to non-profit management–always managing to hold my other full-time job. Acting. With more fire and passion than one might imagine possible from my small frame.

Thanks for reading and I hope to meet or see you again soon–on the stage, screen or coffee shop, planning our next creative connection and commitment.