Elise Noelani Levin (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) was born and raised in Hawaii where she began performing as a young girl in Kailua-Kona. She studied acting and musical theatre at the American Conservatory Theatre, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, Academy of Film & Television, Queens College, and University of Hawaii at Manoa. Elise received awards for best actress in a musical for her portrayal of Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening, and for best supporting actress in a musical for her performance as Kim MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie. While living in Honolulu, she also portrayed Angela O’Hara in CBS’s Hawaii Five-0.
After moving to New York City, she was cast in Caren Tackett’s existential rock opera Born Blue, directed by Anthony Rapp at the Cutting Room. Elise was later cast as the younger version of Sarah in Tackett's musical Slide for the New York Musical Festival at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Times Square, directed by Colin Gregory. Between productions, Elise learned how to play ukulele, using it as her songwriting tool. She released her first EP of her original music, Noelani, which is available on all platforms.
You can now see her performing throughout New York City with her indie electronic band Fine Life. Fine Life is made up of Elise and her partner, Kritty Kesoglides. They have performed at some of New York City's most well known venues, such as The Bitter End, Arlene's Grocery, Pianos and Hudson Terrace. You can enjoy their singles, such as "Built to Burn," "In My Head," and "Morning After," on all musical platforms. This duo also cofounded a nonprofit organization that creates benefit concerts for causes relating to environmental justice, animal welfare, and human rights.
Elise graduated with honors from Queens College, City University of New York, with a bachelor's in American Studies, focusing on how and why music encourages social progression and movement. Inspired by the pioneers of protest music, she uses her art as a way to encourage political and environmental activism.