Elana Fishbein is an actress, improvisor, and teacher based in New York City. She writes and performs for The Truth Podcast and has appeared in the original musical comedies Girl Camp and Nightfall on Miranga Island. She is also a member Story Pirates, a non-profit arts-in-education organization that takes stories written by kids and adapts them into crazy, hilarious sketches and songs. Her one-woman clown show, Eleanor Is Sibling-Challenged, has played for audiences of all ages.
Elana has been performing improv at the Magnet Theater since 2005 and can be seen with Featherweight, Kiss Punch Poem, the Armando Diaz Experience, Magnet Theater TourCo, and her solo improv show, Pepita. Previous ensembles include Hello Laser, Kid Cadaver, Flea Flurkus, and The Academy. Elana is the co-creator and director of the political comedy show, The Great American Sketch Show.
In addition to being an instructor and Director of the Youth Program at the Magnet Theater, Elana coaches teams all around New York City. She has also taught improv classes and workshops at the University of Notre Dame, Vassar College, Packer Collegiate Institute, the Millbrook School, and at the Sivuyiseni Intermediate School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She has also co-created two professional development workshop series for teachers: Beyond Winging It: Improv in the Classroom and Play.
Elana earned her M.A. in Educational Theater from NYU and her B.A. in Drama from Vassar College. Her favorite succulent is jade.