From her critically-acclaimed performance as Jann Arden's ruthless manager Cale on CTV & Hulu's JANN to her award-winning and nominated stage performances across Canada, Elena Juatco has made her mark in the entertainment industry as a multi-platform artist. The Vancouver-born singer and actress also serves as a creative mentor to youth and is a recording artist with her debut album of original songs "Beyond This Line" streaming worldwide on all digital platforms.
Elena graduated from Queen's University with an Honors B.A. in Drama and Women's Studies. Her first stage performance as Snow White in Ross Petty's Snow White & The Group of Seven in Toronto's historic Elgin Theatre garnered her first acting nomination, as she went on to perform in theatres across the country. Notable performances include her Jessie Award-winning turn in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Vancouver Playhouse, Foreigner's Jukebox Hero at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, Mirvish's Kinky Boots at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and Cameron Macintosh's 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto where she understudied Éponine.
Elena's first big role on the small screen was as Dr. Scarlet McWhinnie on Open Heart (Nickelodeon/YTV/ABC Spark) and in addition to her role as Cale on CTV's #1 comedy JANN, Elena also plays Ruth, a pivotal role in one of the final episodes in the beloved Emmy Award-winning show, Schitt's Creek and Kelly in Hudson & Rex on CityTV.
On the big screen, you can catch Elena in the upcoming thriller, Escape the Field. Notable past films include Netflix's Kodachrome, where she worked opposite Jason Sudeikis, Oscar award-winning film Spotlight, and cult classic Repo! The Genetic Opera.
Elena released "Beyond This Line" in 2015, an album of original songs written in the 10 years since her sixth place finish on Canadian Idol and 8 years since her role as the show's Season 4 Roving Reporter. The album is available for streaming on Spotify and other digital platforms worldwide.
Elena is the Creative Facilitator for "SExT: Sex Education by Theatre", a nationally-touring program and show that educates youth on topics surrounding sexuality and healthy relationships. She made her directorial debut with two music videos which address consent and intimate partner violence, funded in partnership with the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).
Elena plays the piano and guitar and loves dancing, cooking, and talking in accents. She currently resides in Toronto with her husband and their adorable German Shepherd-mix rescue, Sampson.