Yelena Strelkoff specialized in acting and dance at the University of California at Irvine. She was a member of Jerzy Grotowski’s Theatre Institute at UCI, and after graduating, studied at his WorkCenter in Italy. She is also a former member of Présences en Regard, a cross-cultural theater company in Paris, France. Last year, Yelena penned and performed an innovative one-woman show, And I shall call me... Bliss for the Grandmother Oaks Festival in Los Angeles. Other acting credits include Alina in Ziggurat’s production of The Cure, Anasuya in an adaptation of Kalidasa’s Shakuntala, Molly in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, and Antonio in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Yelena’s visual artwork was featured in the Los Angeles Times as part of an exhibition at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry and her prose poetry has been published by Mother Tongue Ink. Also a storyteller and educator, Yelena’s unique dramatic arts program has brought theater experiences to children in dozens of Los Angeles area schools.