photo by:  Crystal Birns

photo by: Crystal Birns

Eli Weinberg is an award winning actor, dancer, choreographer, director, emcee and arts educator.

Originally from the San Gabriel Valley, he has developed, directed, produced and performed work within and around the worlds of dance, comedy, theater, burlesque, film and opera for over a decade.

Eli is a long time member of The Murge, directed by John Gilkey and described by the LA Weekly as "spontaneous theater of the absurd...lascivious, blasphemous and potentially dangerous...This could be LA's craziest improv show."

Since 2013, he has been involved in devising several shows alongside Gilkey including The Invention of Language, The Simple Simples, Trangle and The Good Time, Great Time, Gameshow. 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 Idiot Workshop and in 2017, directed and devised the show Discounts & Skills with advanced students from the school.

He is a frequent collaborator with the contemporary opera company Four Larks and won the Ovation Award for “Best Acting Ensemble of a Play” for their 2015 production The Temptation of St. Antony. He has taken part in devising and performing in their productions of Undine, Threnodies, Katabasis and in two iterations of Sessions, a collaboration with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In 2018, he served as Assistant Choreographer on Katabasis while in residence at and produced by The Getty Villa.

In 2018, he joined the creative team of the Spiegelworld production Opium, serving as Associate Director of Movement and Choreographer. In July of the same year, he was invited to take part in a creation workshop for Spiegelworld’s newest endeavor We Are Here under the direction of renowned theater maker and choreographer Steven Hoggett (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Frantic Assembly).

As a dancer, he has performed at home in California for choreographers Danielle Agami (Ate9 Dance Company), Tandy Beal, Leslie Johnson (FLEX Dance Company), Stephanie Zaletel, Ted Warburton, Cid Pearlman, David Popalisky, Robyn O’Dell and Deanna Ross and abroad with Péndulo Cero Danza Contemporánea (Mexico, Colombia), Sommer Ulrickson (Germany) and Rodrigo Pino (Chile).

In 2010, upon being selected as an “emerging choreographer” by the 418 Project in Santa Cruz, California, he began development on his first evening-length production entitled This Land Is My Land. The show featuring dancers, actors and an original score 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.

Since 2012, he has emceed Stockings - A Holiday Cabaret in support of the Motion Pacific dance school and scholarship program in Santa Cruz, California.

He also sweats. A lot.

NEXT UP: Four Larks' Katabasis Jan. 24-26, 2019