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Elena

With a flair for the dramatic, this young woman embraces life. Elena loves to cook, dance and write poetry and takes a great pride in her independence. She is dynamic, opinionated, and somewhat unpredictable and can always be counted on to bring energy to the group.

Elena was born in Japan to a Japanese mother, Hiromi, and an Australian father, Stephen, and this multi-cultural influence has carried throughout her life. She enjoys practicing traditional Japanese Taiko drumming and cooking.

Elena has often struggled with accepting herself and her disability. Even just hearing the words, “Down syndrome,” evokes a visceral reaction. Her personal conflicts inspire the other cast members to examine their own self-images and ideas of what it means to be an adult with Down syndrome.