Elle Jae & Pearl Gluck

Elle Jae is a craftsman when creating and developing characters with a rich passion to produce authentic, subtle, and omnipresent layers for every woman she performs. She is “more than an actor” but a “creator and performance maker”, says Richard Robichaux. Elle Jae’s passion for acting was birthed in her first role as a Townsperson in a high school production of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. She began her quest of understanding and deepening her craft by attending Alabama State University, graduating with honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Elle Jae’s concentrated training at ASU revealed to her mentor, critically acclaimed actress, Dr. Tonea Stewart, that her talent is best described as a “being actress”, a term which would cross her path again by the notable, Bill Irwin. Elle Jae’s desire to heighten her talent as an actress, philosopher, director, and writer, led her to attend the prestigious Penn State University, graduating with honors, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting Elle Jae wrote and acted in her one-woman show, Junior. The success of Junior spawned its adaptation into a screenplay. She has graced the stage and screen in distinguished roles such as Phaedra (Title Role), Macbeth (Lady M.), Julius Caesar (Portia), Birdbath (Velma), Motherfucker with the Hat, Blood at the Root, For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, Drums of Sweetwater, The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae, The First Breeze of Summer, Carolyn Somebody, Denial, Solomon of the Rose and Love over Coffee. Pearl Gluck was awarded a 2000 Sundance Producer s Lab fellowship and a 2001 Sundance Festival mentorship for Divan (2004), her first documentary film. Divan (2004) was broadcast on the Sundance Channel, theatrically premiered at the Film Forum in New York and played at festivals around the world. Her short film, Where Is Joel Baum (2012), starring Lynn Cohen won various awards at festivals including Best Film at The Female Eye film festival and Best Actor for Luzer Twersky at the Starz Denver Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on her first fiction feature, The Turn Out, exploring domestic sex trafficking at truckstops. In July 2011, she was a contributing producer for WTIU, the Indiana PBS affiliate and reviewed the Midwest Best Biker Fest. She released Soundwalk: Williamburg in 2007 on Paris Premiere, and won an Audie Award for the project. Her first short film that she cowrote, Goyta (2007) premiered at Cannes, and she co-directed and co-produced the award-winning short, Great Balls of Fire (2001) which screened at Transmediale, Oberhausen, European Media Arts Festival, Ocularis, the New York Video Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the DIG.IT Festival at the Walker Center for the Arts. In 1996 she received a Fulbright grant to Hungary to collect Hasidic stories. Gluck has been interviewed about her work on NPR with Melissa Block, WBUR s The Connection with Chris Leiden in Boston and produced for WBAI. She has appeared in A Life Apart: Hasidism in America (1998; Directed and Produced by Oren Rudavsky and Menachem Daum). In addition to being in post-production on The Turn Out and Junior, Pearl teaches screenwriting and directing at Penn State University.