Elise Valderrama is a Peruvian-American writer and comedian.
WATCH HER ORIGINAL SHORT PLAY: THE IMMORTAL JELLYFISH
Peruvian-born, Miami-raised, Elise Valderrama (born Elise Valderrama Roedenbeck) came to the United States from Lima at age 5. She attended UCB while studying video performance art at the School of Visual Arts and later studied acting at T. Schreiber Studio.
In 2013, she helped launch the ABC - Univision joint venture, Fusion Network. Elise worked both on-camera as a correspondent in addition to off-camera as a writer and producer. Her most notable work while at Fusion includes co-writing and producing the humorous documentary, The Search for Sexy with Sex Nerd Sandra
, as well as writing and co-hosting four episodes of the improvised political game-show, Dumocracy
Her experimental thesis film, I Can't Remember the Future
, won the White Poplar Award at the China International Student Animation Festival and more recently, her music video for synth band, Grubs Worms, won the Judge's Wildcard Award at Quickie Fest 2018. Her animated music video for Brooklyn punk band, The Tracys, premiered at Animation Block Party in the summer of 2018.
In 2019, she wrote, produced and hosted a season of Ghost League
, a paranormal podcast that blends storytelling with real historic events for Bleav Network.
Most recently, her short play, The Immortal Jellyfish
, was chosen as an official selection of The Equity Library Theater’s Virtual Summer Play Festival 2020 and The Sparks Creative Works Women's Writing Festival 2020. Her short horror film script, The Persistence Of
, was a finalist in the California Women's Film Festival 2020. Watch her perform in The Immortal Jellyfish
, alongside Mark Dunn of the Queen's Theater.
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