Elaine Carol is an artist, writer, performance artist and director whose work has been seen and heard internationally. Born and raised in Montréal, and moving to Vancouver some 24 years ago after an 18-year stopover in Toronto, Elaine has more than 45 years experience as a professional artist in Canada. Her interdisciplinary practice includes: solo and community-engaged performance art; documentary film; experimental theatre; public art; sound art/music and lens-based art (photography, film and video). She has been involved with community-engaged art since 1990, has worked with youth for more than 35 years, and co-founded MISCELLANEOUS Productions (MP) in 2000.
For MISCELLANEOUS Productions, where she is known fondly as the “benevolent drill sergeant”, Elaine has directed, produced and written/co-written all of the company’s community-engaged performances in Canada, the US and Europe. She produced and co-programmed the Raincity Rap: History of Hip Hop in Vancouver festival in 2011, and was the producer and programmer of the 2013 Raincity Rap festival. Elaine was artist-in-residence at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1996 as well as artist colonies in Belgium, France, and Catalonia in 2015, and screened her documentary films in Barcelona, Marseille, and Brussels to packed houses and standing ovations. Nominated by Libby Davies, MP, Elaine received the 2013 Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medallion for community service for her work with MISCELLANEOUS Productions.
Elaine is committed to furthering artistic collaborations within the community, using performance art and theatre as tools for personal transformation and social change, and in cultivating long-term relationships with the communities she works with -- especially integrated groups of culturally and socially representative, multi-barriered and mainstream youth.