“I can count on the fingers of one hand the directors who have truly helped me in creating a role in the theater. Elina de Santos is one of these. She inspires actors to take risks and then guides them in shaping their choices. I trust her motivations and her judgement. In addition to her ability to aid individual performances, she has an eye for a sweeping canvas and can fill a stage with fascinating pictures. She is an astonishing director.”
“Elina helped me find my emotional truth.”
“I am especially impressed with her keen sense of story, collaborative and sensitive work with playwrights and her talent with actors.”
"Tennessee Williams' astute understanding of the underbelly of the southern character and for that matter the American character was clear in Elina de Santos' "Orpheus Descending". The production revealed a dimension of human behavior so provocative, I now believe this play to be among his most powerful and important. It is a beautiful example of how the director and actors explore so much of what does not seem obvious."
“The nuanced performances, she consistently coaxes from her actors proves her to be an first class storyteller.”
“She has the rare ability to work deeply with actors and yet not be in thrall to them, to be entirely receptive and yet lead them to the play with integrity and strength.”
“Elina’s productions have been among the most fulfilling and most moving experiences I have ever had in the theatre. The plays she directs are emotionally rich and beautifully nuanced. In addition she is a glorious communicator, nurturer and wonderful matchmaker.”
“Elina has the rare ability to make an actor believe that they can do anything! She sees the potential of something inside the actor that others may miss and creates an environment that allows for that special truth to come out and flower. At the core she comes from love, which gives the actor the courage to risk.
“Elina’s direction of my play ‘Orphans’ was astonishing.”
“Elina has a terrific sense for the American play, and an uncanny ability to guide actors into performances that make these plays soar.”
“Elina has a gorgeous eye for truth-and has the innate ability to guide her actors to rich, pitch perfect, inspired performances.”
"After many years of searching for the "right" project. I am very happy that Elina de Santos and I had the opportunity to work together. Her production of Vincent in Brixton was rich in texture, emotionally moving, and full of vibrant theatrical colors (so fitting for a play about the great artist)"
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