Elena Hartwell was born in Bogota Colombia and grew up in San Diego. She has called the Pacific Northwest home for most of the last 15 years. She holds a Ph.D. in theater from the University of Georgia and an M.Ed from the University of Washington. Her most recent play, A Strange Disappearance of Bees, opened the 2010 season at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, followed by a production with Driftwood Players in Edmonds WA. Her current script Loss: A Play About a Violin received readings from Heiress Productions in NYC and The Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK. Her work has been produced by Centre Stage (SC), The Erickson Theatre (Seattle), Free the Northwest 10 (Eugene), KC/ACTF, Live Girls! Theatre (Seattle), Lord Leebrick Theatre Company (Eugene), Mirror Stage (Seattle), New York Int. Fringe Festival, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Play Buffet (Olympia), Oldcastle Theatre Company (VT), Portland Reader’s Theatre, Portland Theatre Works, Radio Vashon (WA), Rainier Valley Ensemble Theatre, River’s Side Theatre Co. Seattle Dramatist’s, Smart Women Play Festival (Madison WI), Tacoma Repertory Theatre, Theatre Babylon, THEATREFEST (St. Martin’s College, Tacoma Little Theater, Theater Puget Sound), and the University of Puget Sound. In addition to In Our Name in Plays and Playwrights 2008, a monologue from the same play appears in Smith and Kraus's Best Monologues for Women 2008 and Waiting For The Rain was published through Rain City Projects.