Performing Arts Generalist


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NYC-Based Elaine Romanelli performs, writes, and teaches.


Elaine sings, acts, and enjoys dancing. She is transitioning from almost entirely live singing work (supported at times by her piano and guitar playing) to also appearing in film, television, and music in other manners.

She looks forward to more projects like Anything But!, a humorous interactive weekly streaming show she created and hosted. (2020-21). More:

Prior Notable Performing:
-Co-developed and performed a one-person show for the San Francisco Opera (Sing-a-Story).
-Understudied a Tony Kushner world premiere at The New Victory Theater (But The Giraffe).
-Sang as improvisational vocalist as Deepak Chopra spoke, streamed to 2 million listeners (Home).


Elaine writes music and lyrics for herself and others. She has toured to 23 states in support of her three indie singer/songwriter albums, the latter of which, The Hour Before, was named by four DJs as one of the Albums of the Year. She has written harmonies for several artists' albums, including Broken Film by SONiA/disappear fear. She is currently working on an EP of pandemic scenes, and an unrelated one-act musical for four voices.

She is Composer-in-Residence at the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy in New York City, where she writes bilingual and inclusive solo and choral pieces.

Elaine also writes words without music. (She even used to have a blog!) Elaine's short play Driving Lessons is a two-hander designed to work for any two women old enough to drive. Readings so far in NYC: Naked Angels, New Ambassadors Theater Company. She is also writing an episodic comedy TV show, in the tradition of Great News and Girls5Eva.

Songwriter albums: Shop
Sacred scores: Choral
Musical Theatre collection: Songs4Us


Elaine teaches students to sing with joy, freedom, and technical prowess.
She works with musical theater professionals, youth, and 9-to-5ers singing for fun. Learn more on the Teaching page.


Curator and Publisher: Musical Theater Collection
Songs for the Rest of Us is a collection of musical theatre songs written by ten female composers (Julie Gold, Rona Siddiqui, others), offering audition material to those most often absent from our stages. (© 2021)

Composer and Publisher: Sacred Music Scores
Elaine wrote and engraved scores for solo, duo, trio, and choral sacred works across denominations.
More: Website | Instagram | YouTube Playlist

Elaine works to empower voters to use their voices. She is also passionate about activism, and speaks wherever possible to encourage millions to easily integrate activism into their lives. Book her on your podcast to learn why activism should be like pedicures.


Elaine was raised in suburban Philadelphia, PA, and Manhattan, KS, and lived in San Francisco, CA, before re-locating to her current home, New York City. She is an honors graduate of Stanford University.

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