Elana McKelahan is a freelance theatre director based in New York City. She specializes in new work and radically re-imagined classics, with an emphasis on site-specific and fully immersive theatre. As the founding artistic director of Highly Impractical Theatre, she has produced and directed five projects, including an immersive production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters in a century-old church building in Brooklyn, The Spring Cycle at the Brooklyn Museum, and The Harvest Trilogy in a historic farmstead in Eastern Oregon. She was an artistic associate at Women's Project Theater, where she served as a production and research assistant on Jackie and Bethany. Recent New York directing credits include Hi, Princess by Mya Kagan (Dixon Place), The Wall by Dipika Guha (Highly Impractical Theatre), Vanguard by Daniel John Kelley (Culture Project Director's Weekend), Typecast by Lauren Hennessy (workshop at Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival); assistant directing credits include The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck (directed by Jenn Haltman) The Hatmaker's Wife by Lauren Yee (directed by Rachel Chavkin, Playwrights Realm), Luce by JC Lee (directed by May Adrales, LCT3) and Preludes by Dave Malloy (directed by Rachel Chavkin, LCT3 workshop). Elana was a resident artist at Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco, where she wrote and directed The Lysistrata Project (Crowded Fire Theater) and assistant directed Wreckage by Caridad Svich and Sticky Time by Marilee Talkington. www.elanamckelahan.com