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Elle Jae Stewart, a fierce-powerful-intensely deep leading lady, with a stage presence that is unforgettable is hailed as “more than an actor” but a “creator and performance maker”, says Richard Robichaux. Elle Jae has extended her talents into directing and writing, creating a successful one-woman show, Junior, and multiple short films. She is a true craftsman when creating and developing characters with a rich passion to produce authentic, subtle, and omnipresent layers for every woman she performs.
Elle Jae’s passion for acting was birthed in her first role as a Townsperson in a high school production of “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp”. She began her quest of understanding and deepening her craft by attending Alabama State University, graduating with honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Elle’s concentrated training at ASU revealed to her mentor, critically acclaimed actress, Dr. Tonea Stewart, that her talent is best described as a “being actress”, a term which would cross her path again by the notable, Bill Irwin. Elle’s desire to heighten her talent as an actress, philosopher, director, and writer, led her to attend the prestigious Penn State University, graduating with honors, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting.
“Not one person in the audience could leave their seats...we were transfixed”, says filmmaker, Pearl Gluck, on Elle Jae’s successful one-woman show, Junior. The success of Junior spawned its adaptation into a screenplay. She has graced the stage and screen in distinguished roles such as Phaedra (Title Role), Macbeth (Lady M.), Julius Caesar (Portia), Birdbath (Velma), Motherfucker with the Hat, Blood at the Root, For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, Drums of Sweetwater, The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae, The First Breeze of Summer, Carolyn Somebody, Denial, Solomon of the Rose and Love over Coffee.
Elle Jae’s belief is that every performance is an opportunity to change a life, enlighten an individual’s intellect, encourage thought, embrace the question of how and why, and gain respect for another’s culture and philosophies. She performs multi-facet roles of complex-women with a foundation of humanity and true craftsmanship. She faithfully believes it is her calling and responsibility on earth to perform every story with a truth and unleash a voice that is unprecedented.