THANK YOU TO ALUMNA J. ELAINE MARCOS FOR SPEAKING AT AMDA LA’S SPRING 2019 GRADUATION CEREMONY
With extensive credits on Broadway and in film and television, AMDA alumna J. Elaine Marcos is known for her brilliant comedic timing and scene-stealing roles. This consummate artist and triple-threat got her professional start shortly after graduating from AMDA, when she starred in the national tour of A Chorus Line as Connie Wong, a show she has revisited three more times, most recently playing Valerie Clark in the New York City Center Gala Production.
On Broadway, J. Elaine made her debut in Miss Saigon, then continued to work in the revivals of Flower Drum Song, Wonderful Town, Sweet Charity, A Chorus Line, and as Lily St. Regis in Annie. J. Elaine originated the roles of Imelda Marcos in The Wedding Singer and the unforgettable Cynthia in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, for which she earned an Astaire Award nomination for Excellence in Dance. Gettin’ the Band Back Together marked J. Elaine’s ninth Broadway show and earned her the iconic Legacy Robe (formerly known as the Gypsy Robe).
J. Elaine’s film appearances include Morning Glory, St. Vincent, Before I Disappear, and the critically acclaimed documentary Every Little Step, which chronicles the emotional audition process for the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. Her TV credits include “Rent: Live” as Alexi Darling, “2 Broke Girls,” “Grace and Frankie,” “30 Rock,” “Rescue Me,” “Royal Pains,” and “Law & Order: SVU.”
J. Elaine has been active in the Los Angeles comedy scene, improvising at Second City Hollywood. She has performed her autobiographical one-woman show about her career on Broadway, What I Did For…A Job, at 54 Below in New York City, as well as in Los Angeles at Rockwell Table & Stage and at Celebration Theatre. J. Elaine also writes and produces her own comedy vlog, Motivational Mondays with “V,” on her YouTube channel.
J. Elaine congratulates the newest AMDA graduates and wishes them the best in their next endeavors!