New York Actress/Producer Danelle Eliav Soars Into Summer With the Release of Indie Feature "Emoticon ;)" and Acting in Lesser America’s New Play "Carnival Kids"

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Danelle Eliav finds success as an actress in the world premiere of Lesser America’s "Carnival Kids" and as a producer with the theatrical release of independent feature film "Emoticon ;)".

“It is a thrilling experience to produce. It empowers me as an actress and creator in every way.”

Danelle stars in Lesser America’s World Premiere of "Carnival Kids" running June 5-28th at the TBG Theater in New York. Written by Lucas Kavner, the production will be directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar at Barrow Street). The cast will also feature Jake Choi (Unforgettable), Max Jenkins (Unnatural Acts at CSC), Randall Newsome (A Touch of the Poet at Roundabout) and Laura Ramadei (American River).

Danelle also produced Livia De Paolis’ debut feature film "Emoticon ;)" which recently opened theatrically in New York and Los Angeles. The film stars Academy Award Nominee Carol Kane, Golden Globe Nominee Sonia Braga, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winner Michael Cristofer, Diane Guerrero and Miles Chandler.

She claims her work as an actor, producer, writer and director all inform each other, “As an artist it’s exciting to be a part of creating something in any capacity. I enjoy helping others realize their vision, and it informs my work in every way.” Danelle has been passionate about creating her own work for several years now and credits producing for giving her the ability to do so. “It is a thrilling experience to produce. It empowers me as an actress and creator in every way.”

Danelle has several new projects lined up for the summer. She is an Associate Producer on "The Sheik", a documentary feature on wrestling champion the Iron Sheik, which just premiered at Hot Docs. She also is the Executive Producer on Barefoot Studio Pictures’ short film "Floating Sunflowers", featuring Anna Chlumsky (Veep) and Lynn Cohen (Munich). The film just premiered at Houston Worldfest, winning the Gold Remi, and has screened at Newport Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival. She is also producing Barefoot's upcoming 15th Anniversary star-studded Gala at SVA's Beatrice Theatre Monday June 23rd.

As an actress in New York, Danelle is known primarily from her work in the theater with the likes of Barefoot Theatre and New York's esteemed LAByrinth Theater Company where she worked with Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is also where she met Laura Ramadei, founder of Lesser America. “Laura called me a year ago to do a reading of Carnival Kids – and I immediately fell in love with it after the first read. I feel blessed to be working with such a talented group of artists on a play I love.”

Danelle is also known her short film "The Girl and the Spanish Boy", which she wrote, directed and starred in. The film screened worldwide and won various awards including the Golden Palm Award at Mexico International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Art Déco de Cinema in Brazil and the Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival where she won a $2500 Film Grant at William F. Whites. Danelle also received the Rising Star Award for the film at the Canada International Film Festival in 2011.

For Danelle, “It’s a really exciting time. After a lot of work, several projects are coming out simultaneously and I’m thrilled to see the response.”

"Emoticon ;)" is showing in New York and Los Angeles for a limited engagement. New York release is at Cinéma Village, 22 East 12th Street, NY,NY. Los Angeles release is at Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA. More information at

Lesser America’s "Carnival Kids" runs June 5-28, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm with additional performances on June 8th, 9th, 15th, and 18th at 8pm at the TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue). Tickets ($18; $15 students) may be purchased online at

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