Elise Pallagi (She/her) is a spoken word poet, multi-disciplinary performance artist, and Program Coordinator of Tonight it’s Poetry. She has had the privilege of performing with It’s Not a Box Theatre Company, Saskatoon Indigenous Poets Society, SUM Theatre, Rosebud Burlesque Company and is a graduate of One Yellow Rabbit Summer lab.
Elise has represented Saskatoon twice at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as a member of the Saskatoon Poetry Slam team in both 2017 and 2018. Her writing and performance work focuses on her personal experiences and struggles as a transgender woman growing up and living in Treaty 6 territory in the Canadian prairies.
- “Elise is a brilliant performer-poet and an even kinder person to work with. Whenever I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing or why I’m doing it, I remember her amazing creativity and discoveries in her work with us. We do immersive theatre centered around playing with conventions and Elise proved she knew how to do that better than we did. I have scarcely met an artist of greater courage and grace.”
-Torien Cafferata, 2019, Co-Artistic Director of It’s Not A Box Theatre
- “Elise Pallagi is a professional performer who invites her audiences to reflect on our shared humanity and the possibility for social change through humour and playfulness. She is easy to work with, puts on an impressive show, and is making the world a better place, one gig at a time. We can’t wait to have her back!”
-Joe Wickenhauser, Executive Director Moose Jaw Pride, 2018
- “Working with Elise at the Spring Festival of New Plays was one of the best experiences I’ve had with an actor. Brave, Powerful. Committed. Elise knows who she is and doesn’t hold anything back.”
-Vern Thiessen, Artistic Director, Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, 2018