Elephant Run District

An indie theater & film company stampeding through NYC!


Elephant Run District is a collective devoted to challenging expectations, inspiring dialogue in our community and creating long-lasting memories. ERD seeks to entertain its audiences while addressing issues that affect our society. The District is a place where traditions collide and new possibilities are explored in the hunt to create stories that are ultimately human.

LITNYElephant Run District is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization and is also a proud member of the League of Independent Theater and enthusiastically supports the League’s initiatives.

Like any community, Elephant Run District is in a constant state of evolution, becoming more diverse and exciting as collaborators move in, set up shop and offer their creative wares to the world. Established in late 2010, ERD has produced several full-length plays and various smaller projects.

Our first production in Feb. 2011, Green, was hailed “a highlight of the theatrical season” by Martin Denton and has since been published in the Indie Theater Now Best of 2011 Collection.  This was followed by We Haven’t Told Anyone About This, a modern tragedy touching on the Bernie Madoff scandal. Next, Rabbit Island, garnered rave reviews and was selected for an extension as an outstanding production of the 2012 Frigid Festival. In 2013, ERD started the globally-recognized Brecht in the Park series and took American Gun Show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it received 5 star reviews and audience attention.

Stampede LabThrough the 2012-2013 season, Elephant Run District produced 10 Stampede Labs at the Living Theatre and the Chain Theatre to cross-pollinate New York’s indie theater territory and pay homage to Off Off’s history. 25 indie theater companies and more than 100 artists shared their work through this unique theatrical experience.

If you like the sound of what we do, please contact us. We always want to hear from new potential collaborators!

Elephant Run District Founding Members

Artistic Director: Aimee Todoroff- an award winning actress and director, Aimee has been performing across the East Coast and Mid West for more than a decade.    Aimee is proud to have been a part of several Obie Award winning productions, performing in the Peculiar Works Project’s Off Stage-the East Village Fragments and directing Green for the Metropolitan Theater’s 2010-2011 Season. She has directed at Primary Stages, The Living Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Writopia Labs, The Metropolitan Theatre Company and others, and has directed the premieres of works by Cusi Cram, Daisy Foote and Chris Harcum, including Green, We Haven’t Told Anyone About This Yet and Rabbit Island, a Backstage Magazine’s Critic’s Pick and a “best of” the 2012 Frigid Festival.  In addition to her professional persuits, Aimee is a current MFA Direting candidate at Southampton Arts, studying with Marsha Norman, Nick Mangano, Rinde Eckert and Austin Pendleton among others.  www.aimeetodoroff.org

Angelica_Ethan_588_retManaging Director: Ethan Angelica– an award-winning actor, writer and freelancer.  Favorite NYC performing credits include Rabbit Island (Elephant Run District), Peg O’ My Heart (Hell’s Kitchen Musicals), Those Whistling Lads (Third Eye Theater Company), the Brick, CAP21 and Metropolitan Playhouse.  Regionally, he has appeared onstage at the Guthrie Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune and American Folklore Theater, and toured with Theatreworks/USA.  Ethan co-authored the chamber musical, Edgar, the Life and Life’s Work of Edgar Allan Poe, which toured regionally and was performed as part of the Poe Bicentennial in Philadelphia.  As an administrator, Ethan has worked for the Jungle Theater, Sink or Swim Rep, Minnesota Fringe Festival and American Folklore Theater, and has developed and managed grant programs for New York University.  www.ethanangelica.com

Production Manager: Heather Olmstead- a professional stage manager and member of Actors’ Equity Association, Heather has worked with several of New York’s independent theater companies, including La MaMa E.T.C., Metropolitan Playhouse, Sink or Swim Rep, and Agony Productions. She has also stage managed shows in the Fringe, Frigid and Midtown International Theatre festivals. Prior to her life in New York she was the resident stage manager for The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, Ohio. A stage manager through and through, independent theatre is what nourishes her soul. www.heatherolmstead.com