Eli Weinberg is an award winning actor, dancer, choreographer, director and arts educator.
Since 2008, he has created work within and around the worlds of dance, comedy, theater, burlesque, film and opera.
Originally from the San Gabriel Valley, Eli made his theatrical debut at age six as the Little Boy in The Giving Tree at Camp Ramah in Ojai, CA.
A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, he spent half of his undergraduate education abroad studying in the School of Theatre at the renowned Universidad de Chile in Santiago.
Eli is a member of the Wet The Hippo Collective, founded by John Gilkey, and since 2013, has been involved in devising several shows including The Invention of Language, The Simple Simples, Trangle and The Good Time, Great Time, Gameshow. He also performs regularly with The Murge, described by the LA Weekly as "Spontaneous theater of the absurd...lascivious, blasphemous and potentially dangerous...This could be LA's craziest improv show." In 2016, after a successful run in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, he traveled to Chicago with The Simple Simples to perform in The Neo-Futurist’s Kitchen. Eli is also a faculty member with the associated school, The Idiot Workshop.
He is a frequent collaborator with the junkyard contemporary opera company, Four Larks and won the Ovation Award for Best Ensemble for their 2015 production of The Temptation of St. Antony.
In 2016, Eli joined Capital W (Dir. Lauren Ludwig) in their immersive theatre productions of Hamlet-Mobile and And The Drum.
In an exciting endeavor bridging live performance and new technologies, he performed in the critically acclaimed mixed reality experience Legions: Sessions (Dir. Justin Denton) which debuted at Comic-Con 2017.
As a dancer, he has performed at home in California with choreographers Danielle Agami (AteNine Dance Company), Tandy Beal, Leslie Johnson, Stephanie Zaletel, Ted Warburton and David Popalisky and abroad with Péndulo Cero Danza Contemporánea (Mexico, Colombia), Sommer Ulrickson (Germany), Flex Dance Company (USA/Mexico) and Rodrigo Pino (Chile).
In 2010, upon being selected as an Emerging Choreographer by the 418 Project in Santa Cruz, he began development on his first evening length production entitled This Land Is My Land featuring dancers, actors and original music by fiddler extraordinaire Chris Lynch. In 2012, he was awarded a grant from the Santa Cruz Arts Council and in this same year, was selected by Santa Cruz Dance for their Incubator Project to produce the work. The multifaceted production examined varied histories of Santa Cruz inhabitants from 1491 to present day, using their relationship to physical space and natural resources as a lens to examine identity, conflict and the legacies of localism.
In December of 2017, Eli will again join the cast of Stockings - A Holiday Cabaret, to serve as emcee for the sixth consecutive year, in support of Motion Pacific school and presenting space in Santa Cruz, California.