Elvire Emanuelle is an artist and writer best recognized for her leading role as Mo in the critically acclaimed award-winning Netflix Original film FIRST MATCH which debuted at South by Southwest 2018 and won the Audience Choice Award and Gamechanger Award. Elvire played opposite Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jharrel Jerome and Colman Domingo. Elvire's upcoming new feature film KEMBA, was just featured at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival with a special impactful filmmaking panel and on CNN. KEMBA, based on the significant true story of Kemba Smith, is produced by MPI and directed by SXSW and Student Academy awarded Director Kelley Kali, (LALO'S HOUSE, I'M FINE (THANKS FOR ASKING)).
FIRST MATCH was written and directed by Olivia Newman (WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING) and it was produced by Bryan Unkeless (I, TONYA, THE HUNGER GAMES) Chanelle Elaine (COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS) and Veronica Nickel (MOONLIGHT). Elvire's work in FIRST MATCH particularly stands out, showcasing her talent in a challenging and dynamic role. It received wide positive response from audiences and press such as Deadline noting her as "one to watch", The New York Times noting her work as "spectacular" and the Los Angeles Times noting that "The actress is a tightly wound bundle of raw nerves".
Born of Haitian immigrants, Elvire is known for her belief in the transformative power of storytelling. She views acting not just as a profession but as a duty and a necessity, emphasizing the role of stories in teaching us about ourselves, others and life. Her dedication to her art was recognized when she won the New Time's Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal of The Girl in Dania Gurira's "Eclipsed" at the Women's Theatre Project.
Elvire is a first time writer of the screenplay FINDING, a story about a girl who has the audacity to dream despite her odds.. Emanuelle's journey in acting and her contributions to the world of storytelling highlight her as a dedicated, insightful artist. She trained with renowned acting teacher Wynn Handman in New York City.