Elena Kaufman.


Born in Montreal, Canada. Grew up in Vancouver, Canada.

Studied: BA (Performing Arts, English) SFU, Vancouver. Classical Acting: The Academy Drama School (London), MA (Drama) University of Toronto; MSt (Creative Writing) Oxford.

Works: English teacher at The University of Hamburg; freelance creative writing instructor; freelance workshop leader in Presentation Skills

Double life: As a stage actor has performed in over 25 plays, as well as voice-overs. Toured in France & Germany with educational theatre companies: Drama Ties (Paris); Whitehorse (Soest).

Directing/dramaturgy: In Paris, co-Artistic Director of Paris Playwrights at the Shakespeare & Company Bookstore. In Hamburg, artistic director of R3 (public play readings with The Rover Rep Theatre).

Writing: short story collection („Love Bites”), novella („The Smoking Dog”), full-length play („Mother-Ship”), one-act („Miss/es”).

Currently, working on first novel which takes place on the Way of St James pilgrimage (Jakobsweg).

Member of the writers’ room 2014.


  • 2020

  • 2017

  • 2016

    Infertile Land (story; online), „Menda City Review“ (California)

  • 2015

    Sunday in the Park with Betty (story), Dachkammerflimmern, Writer’s Room Anthology

    Love Bites (story; online), The Penmen Review (Southern New Hampshire University)

    Love Bites (short story), Bitter Oleander (New York)

    Phantom Appendage (story; online), decomP magazine (Ohio)

  • 2008

    Triumvirate (short story), SubTerrain Literary Journal (Vancouver)

  • 2007

    Candyman (short story), 1097Mag

  • 2006

    His Golden Woman (short story), Women in Judaism (University of Toronto)

  • 2005

    Water re-tension, New Monologues for Women by Women II, (Haring-Smith, Engleman, USA)

  • 2004

    Imagine the Love (monologue), Audition Arsenal, (Janet B. Milstein, Smith and Kraus Pub., USA)

    Candyman (short story), Pharos Literary Magazine (British Institute/Alice Notley, Paris)

Produktionen und Lesungen

  • 2016

    Divine Monster new one-act commissioned by the UBC Players for the University of British Columbia Centennial Celebration, Vancouver, Canada (March)

  • 2015

    Sunday in the Park with Betty story Dachkammerflimmern, Writer’s Room Anthology, Kühne Lage Schützenstr. 39, 22761 Hamburg, Germany

  • 2014

    History of Walking excerpt from novel, read at Sommersause: Writer’s Room Festival (2 July), Hamburg

    Sunday in the Park with Betty, story Dachkammerflimmern, Writer’s Room Anthology, Dosenfabrik (Tin Can Factory) Doseopen (8-9 Nov), Hamburg

  • 2009

    The Furies one-act International Women Playwrights Conference, Mumbai, India, invitation

  • 2008

    CBC Radio Outfront, Vancouver Of This and That interview- story with my Jewish grandmother

  • 2007

    Sarasvati Productions, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg. Performance of Daisychained Cabaret of Monologues for International Women’s Week Long Night of Theatres, Rover Rep Theatre, Hamburg. Performance: „Water Re-tension” mono

    FEATS The Hague, Royal Theatre Studio, Water Re-tension monologue (fringe festival)

  • 2005

    Carr’s Moving Parts staged readings, Carr’s Irish Pub, Paris, Reading of MotherShip full-length

  • 2004

    Paris Playwrights Spring Festival, 9 Plays in 90 Minutes Paris, Staged reading of My One and Only Doppelganger one-act at Theatre L’Usine, 11th arr, Paris

    FemFest, Sarasvati Productions (AD: Hope McIntyre) Winnipeg, Canada, Production of Miss/es