vigorous spirit or enthusiasm.
the unique energy that animates body and soul.
also, a physical acting ensemble creating original works and adaptations.
Who We Are
ÉLAN is a deeply diverse ensemble of actors rooted in the innovative physical approach to theatrical creation taught in the Master of Fine Arts in Acting program at USC. We always begin the work from a state of alive readiness (élan), and bring ourselves body-and-soul to the collaborative process of devising theatrical works and adaptations. Rooted in Los Angeles and under the leadership of Elmira Rahim as the artistic director, ÉLAN pushes the limits of naturalism and brings text to life through the human body to create a surprising and deeply felt collective experience.
Our mission is to create innovative theatrical productions based in a physical approach to text in order to provide Los Angeles audiences with a deep collective experience that reflects us as a community.