Elisa Gray (Lotte Lichtenstein, MC)

Elisa has been performing since childhood. She appeared in many productions with the Actor’s theatre, Richmond, the National Theatre, St Kilda and the Trak Players, as well as The Suicide, Witness for the Prosecution, Big Al, Yentl, Falsettos and Lost in Yonkers and Relatively Speaking for Saltpillar Theatre.

She performed with Barrie Kosky’s GILGUL THEATRE in The Dybbuk, Es Brent and The Wilderness Room in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra and in various Melbourne Yiddish Theatre productions, including Golda in Fiddler on the Roof. 

Elisa’s involvement in Yiddish and Yiddish music and theatre has spanned many years. As a child and teenager she performed in many concerts and commemorations through the S.K.I.F Youth movement. As an adult she was a Yiddish teacher at Sholem Aleichem College for many years. She continues to perform Yiddish songs, cabaret style, around the traps in Melbourne, including Chai Society 1 &2, Balaganeydn and Sholem Aleichem not dead yet For the Kadimah.

More recently, Elisa, along with Tomi Kalinski and Evelyn Krape have formed a group called Zaftik and have created a Yiddish theatre piece, Ek Velt which they performed to great acclaim at the 2011 Montreal International Yiddish theatre festival and again for a season in Melbourne in 2012. They are looking forward to taking their show this coming June, to New York to a Jewish festival celebrating 100 years of Yiddish theatre in New York.

Elisa has also performed as a singer for Crow’s bar cabaret and in various Yiddish cabaret shows. She has appeared in television episodes of Kath and Kim and MDA and in the films Chasing Parked Cars and The Trojan Warrior. Elisa has also done voiceover work for CD Rom games.