Elaine Talamaivao is a film producer and director. The majority of her film career has come through working on independent film and cultural dance documentary projects both locally and internationally. Her artistic journey began as a dancer and choreographer for Polynesian Dance and Theatre projects and companies in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the South Pacific. Elaine’s love for Polynesian Dance and Theatre eventually led to the creation of her Polynesian arts company, Tala Mai Moana, which specialize in Polynesian storytelling through Art, Music and Dance in the City of Riverside.
She has choreographed for, and performed alongside, world renowned Indigenous performers and choreographers at numerous events and venues, including the U.C. Riverside Indigenous Choreographers’ Forum; the UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance presentations representing Pacific Island and Māori dance.
Her professional development in management and event coordinating was attained through working in community projects with the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department for 5 years, including the development and marketing of the Riverside Arts Academy.
Elaine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, Film and Digital Production from UC Riverside.