The edge in Elena’s writing comes from her Russian immigrant background, and is mitigated by her sunny SoCal upbringing: kinda like Dostoyevsky on Molly. Her earliest memories include learning English from reruns of classic TV shows like ‘Bewitched’ and ‘Happy Days’.
Elena received her undergrad degree from UC San Diego where she double-majored in Political Science and Communications and minored in Theatre. Her early acting career took her to the Big Apple where she cemented her knowledge of story and character by studying at the William Esper Studio and performing off-off Broadway.
Upon her return to LA, Elena performed weekly as an improv actor, and simultaneously filmed several sketches, which were hits online. As a fledgling screenwriter, Elena’s scripts were recognized in various screenwriting contests and she was a two-time finalists for the Warner Bros Writing Workshop in 2012 and 2014.
In 2015, Elena went on to receive a Masters in Spiritual Psychology; a degree which compliments her work to this day.
In 2017, Elena’s produced film Rocky Mountain Christmas was the highest rated film ever on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel, and her second Hallmark film will shoot in spring of 2021. Elena has been working on a coming-of-age dramedy with the development arm of ISA. And most recently, she was both a FINALIST and SEMI-FINALIST at the Austin Film Festival for her comedy feature, The Red Dahlia and her comedy pilot I’m Your Bio Mom.