playwright // performance maker // public artist // arts organizer



ELLE THONI is a writer, performance-maker, and public artist with a zootopic imagination.

Honoring the tradition of performance as vessel for myth, Elle’s work investigates how our sense of belonging is altering with our climate. Her plays are odes to emergent ecologies, wherein humans are but one of the actors in a much larger drama. Elle draws from a divergent background in ensemble-devised performance, poetry, puppet & mask, and documentary theatre to create pieces with multiple “text-ures.”

Elle collaborates in the U.S. and internationally, most frequently in the connected Great Lakes and St Lawrence watersheds. From 2013-2015, she apprenticed with playwright Annabel Soutar of Porte Parole Productions (Montréal, Canada) to help develop two freshwater-themed projects for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

In her artistic home of Minneapolis, MN (occupied Dakota land), Elle has developed / presented work with Bedlam Theatre, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Open Flame Theatre, Other Tiger Productions, Nautilus Music-Theater, Northern, Raw Sugar, Teatro del Pueblo, and Theatre Unbound, among others. 

She is ever grateful to her many teachers of all ages.