Elaine Carol is an artist, writer, solo performance artist and director whose work has been seen and heard internationally. She is the Artistic Director of MISCELLANEOUS Productions, now in its tenth year of production. Elaine has written, directed and produced the following live performances for MISCELLANEOUS Productions: THE REENA PROJECT / Outcasts & Angels (2001), What You Carry With You… (2003); e-race (2005 and 2006 video adaptation) and Stock Characters: The Cooking Show, (2007 and 2009 documentary) a hip hop and World musical performance and documentary in collaboration with a team of professional artists and high risk/experiential youth of East Vancouver. Her article describing the process of anti-racism and anti-violence training using art as a vehicle for social change that she has created to collaborate with community is featured in MISCELLANEOUS Magazine (2004) and available for free at http://www.miscellaneous-inc.org/magazine/miscellaneous-magazine.pdf.
Elaine is a professional artist with more than 35 years experience and her practice is interdisciplinary including: solo performance art, community-engaged art, video art, documentary film, experimental theatre, public art, sound art/music and lens-based art (photography, film and video). Her approach to interdisciplinary, community-engaged art is considered pioneering and she believes in long-term relationships with the culturally diverse communities she works with, especially integrated groups of at-risk, experiential and mainstream youth. In September 2006, Elaine directed MISCELLANEOUS Productions' first video adaptation, e-race, exploring speed in young lives, distributed by Moving Images and features a culturally diverse cast of youth performer/writers aged 15 - 27 years old. She is currently working on the documentary Stock Characters: The Cooking Show: a hip hop doc and POWER, an interdisciplinary, community-engaged series of live solo and group performances. POWER, in collaboration with at-risk and experiential youth age 14 – 24 years old is being implemented in two separate components, with students in alternative secondary school day programs and the Broadway Youth Resource Centre in Vancouver. Elaine has more than 25 years front-line experience working with integrated groups of at-risk, experiential and mainstream youth.