Gladys has worked professionally as an actor, director, and writer in South Florida since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from New World School of Arts. Recently, she co-wrote The Project’s SOUND BITE: SOUTH BEACH, The Project’s Holiday Special, and HIP HOP WON’T SAVE YOU (which she also directed). Previously, she’s directed Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp at NWSA; for the South Florida Theatre League's Summer Reading Series; for The One Minute Play Festival, and for Micro Theatre Miami as part of the 2015 O, Miami festival. She’s played onstage with several of South Florida's top theaters in addition to several productions with The Project [theatre]. She engages with the community as a teaching artist with the Miami Theater Center, creating shows with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has worked with the Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department and the Actor’s Playhouse at Miracle Mile teaching dramatic arts to children, teens, and adults.
Elayne moved to Miami to study theatre at FIU; one cortadito and plate of maduros later, she realized she'd found home. With full belief in Miami's burgeoning arts scene, Elayne has chosen to anchor herself in the Magic City, and take and active role in building Dade's artistic future. Elayne brings experience in all aspects of production including design and construction, as well as arts management, and experience in live music and dance to her tool-set with the Project. Alongside her role at the Project, Elayne serves as the General Manager for Miami New Drama. She's also had the pleasure of working with some of South Florida's prominent performance groups and venues including Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, The Adrienne Arsht Center, Mad Cat Theatre, and Zoetic Stage. Elayne graduated magna cum laude from Florida International University in 2011 receiving a BFA in Theatre and the prestigious "World's Ahead Graduate" recognition. Elayne is a founding member of the Project [theatre].