Elise Kauzlaric has been part of CCPA’s adjunct faculty since 2011. She is a committed teacher, director, actor, and dialect coach who has made Chicago home since 1997. In addition to being part of the Roosevelt community, Elise has served as adjunct and guest faculty for The Theatre School at DePaul, is a teaching artist with Lifeline Theatre’s education outreach through in-school-residencies, and is a frequent participant in EdTA’s International Thespian Festival where she leads workshops and directs for the young playwrights program, Playworks. Elise has been a proud member of Lifeline Theatre's artistic ensemble since 2005, specializing in the process of literary adaptation and development of new plays.
Elise’s work around Chicago has been recognized by the Jeff committee through multiple nominations: Direction and Production (Northanger Abbey, Mariette in Ecstasy), Artistic Specialization-Dialects (Busman’s Honeymoon, Punk Rock) and Supporting Actress (On the Shore of the Wide World). Elise is an active member of the Chicago theatre community whose work has been seen at Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Timeline Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Irish Theatre of Chicago, The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the hypocrites , Griffin Theatre and many others.
Elise holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts and an MA in Actor Training from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.