Pigpen Profile

Pigpen Profiles: Eliana Burns

Continuing the spotlight on Per, we have our tragic ingenue (and part-time blood dealer) Eliana Burns.

What is your theatre background?

I have been acting since I was 7 , doing costumes and makeup since I was 13 and directing since I was 16. Some of my favorite roles in the past were Tricia in Parlor Games, Van Helsing in Dracula, #4 in Yellow Boat, and House in Under the Rug/Debajo de la Alfombra. This show is definitely one of my new favorites!

How do you feel about true crime?

I have been obsessed with true crime since middle school. I listen to Crime Junkie or My Favorite Murder on my way to class every day. I’ve seen pretty much every episode of Forensic Files. I also have some very strong opinions about the JonBenet Ramsey and Laci Peterson cases.

What is a favorite family memory you have?

Every year, my mom and I go to see the Nutcracker during the holidays. We’ve been doing this since I was 5, so we always get to compare the differences in each version afterward. The best year was in a smaller venue in Chandler where they incorporated dogs that were up for adoption into the show.

What’s next for you in theatre?

After this, I plan to continue auditioning for shows around the valley!

What’s something you love that you wish you got to talk about more?

I am currently majoring in Sustainability with a minor in Political Science, so I love talking about sustainability and politics, or specifically environmental politics, which is the field I plan to go into. Beyond that, I love talking about my pets or conspiracy theories.

Just for fun: Tacos, Burgers, or Pizza?


Get your tickets now for Per, playing Friday-Saturday nights September 20-28 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!

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