Actor - Coach - Speaker
Eli has been a stage actor since he was a kid, with a special love for musicals and physical comedy. He has acted in, produced and directed many shows, and worked at prestigious theaters such as the Old Globe Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse, in San Diego, CA. He's co-founder of The Improv People, a comedy improv troupe that has been entertaining audiences for over 10 years.
His greatest theatrical achievement so far has been the creation and performance of his well-loved, award-winning, mostly solo show OUT OF THE BLUE - A Miraculous MUSICAL, which continues to delight and inspire audiences internationally.
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Nominated in 6 categories by Broadway World Los Angeles!
Infused with humor and original music, award-winning OUT OF THE BLUE - A Miraculous MUSICAL is a heart-warming and inspiring true story celebrating the resilience of the human spirit - and the power of intuition - in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
After a dire cancer diagnosis, Eli embarks on a memorable healing journey learning to make peace with his past, growing up as a gay kid on a quest for love. Playing nearly 25 characters, Eli takes the audience on an intimate ride filled with love, laughter, heartache and miracles.
Book, music and lyrics by Eli Hans. Performed by Eli Hans and Joseph Bennett. Directed by Meridith Grundei.
"As a theater critic for 30 years, never has a piece of theater so affected me personally. It’s relentlessly charming and delightful… full of heart, humor, and hope.” Pat Launer - Emmy Award-winning theater critic, San Diego CA
“Wow! What an accomplishment! An award-winning performance and a first-class production all the way!”
Michael Gottlieb - Artistic director, actor, author.
"Delightfully straightforward, honest and earnest, amusing and moving, beautifully sung and cleverly staged. Bravo! Bravo!" Michael Dobbin - Theatre Director
"Polished, moving and beautifully told. The songs were not only entertaining, but memorable. The whole package was superbly engaging. I adored the show! Susan Page - Executive Director, San Miguel Writers' Conference
"A triumph! Smart, insightful and compelling. Eli’s singing and acting are exceptional and contain enjoyable nods to classic musicals." Janette Higgins - Audience member