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Elisa Carlson

Elisa is really at the top of her field. 

Deep skills combine with an intuitive sense of the acting process and a great sense of humor to make the collaboration rewarding.
I've learned as much about text and sound from her as anyone in my career.

Chris Coleman, Artistic Director

The Denver Center 

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Elisa is an Atlanta-based dialect & text coach, theatre director & actor. 

Elisa coached dialects and historic voices for all actors in Ava DuVernay’s Best Picture Academy Award nominee Selma and in Damien Chazelle’s critically acclaimed First Man including Ryan Gosling (Critic's Choice nomination) and Claire Foy (Golden Globe nomination).  Other credits include Garrett Hedlund and Andrea Riseborough in BurdenEdgar Wright's Baby Driver with Lily James and Ansel Elgort (Golden Globe nomination), Andrew Scott in A Dark Place, Dinka language and dialects for actors in Imagine Entertainment's The Good Lie, child and adult actors in Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors and actors in the Netflix series Stranger Things


Her theatre voice & text coaching career includes productions Off-Broadway and at the Guthrie Theater (30+), Alliance Theatre (40+), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Alley Theatre, American Player’s Theatre, The Children’s Theatre and the Resident Ensemble Players.  A sampling of productions coached include the premiere of Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual..., Kenny Leon's production of Medea with Phylicia Rashad, the world premiere of Ellen McLaughlin's Oedipus directed by Lisa Peterson, the premiere of Becoming Nancy starring Jessica Vosk and directed by Jerry Mitchell and Crimes of the Heart, directed by Theresa Rebeck.

 At Theatrical Outfit, Elisa directed the Reiser award-winning Moxie featuring Danielle Deadwyler and The Guys featuring Jasmine Guy.  As resident director for the Gainesville Theatre Alliance (GTA) she has staged multiple productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, AntigoneMuch Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest and Men on Boats. Other directing credits include The Alliance Theatre Reiser Lab, The Refuge Theatre, Working Title Playwrights and the Guthrie Theater’s BFA Actor Training Program.  Recent acting credits include Ghost-Writer at Theatre-in-the-Square (Suzi Bass Award nomination Best Actress), The Book of Will at  Theatrical Outfit (Suzi Bass Award nomination Best Ensemble), the lead in the world premiere of Shadow Language at The Guthrie Theater and “Woman” in Aris Theatre’s Woman and Scarecrow

Elisa has been on the faculties of the University of Minnesota and Emory University and taught in the post-graduate professional programs at the Guthrie and the Alliance.  She has a BFA in Acting from Florida State and an MFA in Acting from the Professional Theatre Training Program formerly at the University of Delaware.  She is a Professor in the School of Communication, Film & Theatre at the University of North Georgia in metro Atlanta.

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Credits Include

Elisa with Ava DuVernay
Elisa with Ansel Elgort

FIRST MAN (2018)​

  Directed by Damien Chazelle 

  Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy

  Jason Clarke, Ciaran Hinds

 *Clip: RyanClaire


  Directed by Edgar Wright

  Ansel Elgort, Lily James

 *Clip:  AnselLily

SELMA (2014)

  Directed by Ava DuVernay

   *Clip: Tom   

 *Clip: CarmenLorraine

 *Clip: DavidColman

Elisa with Tom Wilkinson
Elisa with Ciarán Hinds

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Elisa with Ryan Gosling on the set of First Man.
Elisa with Damien Chazelle
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for the THEATRE

"Elisa has the unique capacity to make her dialect work utterly intertwined with character development work; her skill set as a director thoroughly infuses her vocal coaching work and actors - and productions - are always greatly enhanced by her work." 

Susan V. Booth, Artistic Director 
The Goodman Theatre

40+ productions since 1998


30+ productions since 2002

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"In director Elisa Carlson's strikingly designed staging, the play is no less potent or profound -- and perhaps even more so."   Atlanta Journal

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"Elisa Carlson is marvelous..."  

Atlanta Intown

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