SITI Conservatory Spotlight: Elaine Rava

Feb 14, 2017

This week SITI is happy to spotlight the work of Elaine Rava, a member of our 2016-2017 Conservatory ensemble. 

What is your name and where in the world are you from? 

My name is Elaine Rava and I am from Potsdam, NY.

What kind of work do you make? 

I consider myself to be rather greedy in this regard! Any opportunity that I can get my hands on I’ll try whether it be in the field of acting, dancing, singing, directing, stage managing, writing, performance art making, etc. Whatever gets me involved in a new project! But when I’m offered the choice, I always prefer to direct.. 

This being said, the work I direct typically centers around love or human relationships. I think that in this tumultuous time, to make a piece simply about love is arguably a political statement. This concerns and inspires me in equal parts. 

What is the most important thing you have learned in the Conservatory so far? 

This is by far the most difficult question on the list. If I had to pick one lesson (out of many) it would be never to assume anything. To allow yourself to explore and experience in this way makes room for constant learning. It has certainly changed me as an artist but has also had influence on how I live my life outside of the studio. 

What in your creative life are you proudest of? 

That I am beginning to let go of control and trust myself, my fellow artists and the work. It takes a huge amount of bravery but has lead to discoveries I never would have been able to access before. 

Tell us about a piece of art that has recently inspired you. 

Recently, we were able to sit in on a dress rehearsal of “Room”. Although I had been stomping in the Zeisler for almost  five months I suddenly didn’t recognize my surroundings. It was very moving. 

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