Elisa Matthews is a singer, actor and voice teacher based in Philadelphia. A three-time Barrymore Award Nominee, Elisa recently won a Best Actress Broadway World Award for the role of Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County. Prior to that, she played Lily in Arden Theatre's critically acclaimed production of The Secret Garden (Barrymore Award Nomination), starred in The Sound of Music (Barrymore Award Nomination) and played Mrs Molloy in Hello Dolly! with Media Theatre. This fall Elisa will play Nettie in Carousel at Media Theatre and join the ensemble and understudy Grace in the musical Annie with Walnut Street Theatre.
Elisa's other regional credits include Mum in Billy Elliot, Lily in The Secret Garden with 11th Hour Theatre Company (Next Step Concert Series), Meg in Little Women with Bristol Riverside Theatre, Guenevere in Camelot with Ohio Light Opera, Betty in Sunset Boulevard (Philadelphia Theatre Critic's and Broadway World award nominee), Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Grace in Annie (featuring Wanda Sykes), Sharon in Masterclass (featuring Tony nominee Ann Crumb) with Media Theatre, Johanna in Sweeney Todd with Arden Theatre, and Belle in A Christmas Carol with People’s Light & Theatre.
Elisa is also an active opera and concert soloist. Her opera roles include Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Papagena in The Magic Flute, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Beth in Little Women and Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. On the concert stage, Elisa has made frequent appearances with The Philly Pops, The Ocean City Pops and Bristol Riverside Theatre's Music Fests as well as solo work with many symphonies and orchestras. This summer Elisa will join The Ocean City Pops for an evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Elisa is a member of The Actors Equity Association and is a graduate of Penn State University. She is married to guitarist and music educator, Diego Maugeri.
“Elisa Matthews acts as beautifully as she sings." - Neal Zoren, Delco Times