Elaine Sulka Biography (c. 1934-1994)

Born c. 1934, in New York, NY; died of a heart attack, December 24, 1994, inNew York, NY. Actress and stage director. Sulka was the director of New YorkCity's National Shakespeare Company, which she co-founded with her husband, the late Peter Meister. After receiving a master's degree in sociology from Brown University, Sulka left her intended vocation to pursue a career in the theatre. She studied acting at the San Francisco Actors Workshop and in New York City and performed roles in numerous productions on and off Broadway, including Goneril in King Lear, Olivia in Twelfth Night, the title role in Medea,as Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing, and in numerous productions with the National Shakespeare Company. In the early 1990s Sulka toured the United States in the one-woman productions Mothers and A Woman in Love--With Shakespeare.In 1963, she and Meister designed the National Shakespeare Company as a vehicle to take Shakespeare's works to schools and universities throughout the United States. As a home for their new theatre company, the couple also foundedthe Cubiculo Theatre, which has served as a center for experimental stage arts in New York City since 1968.

actress, director
Birth Details
c. 1934
New York, New York, United States
Death Details
December 24, 1994
New York, New York, United States

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