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Elaina Wahl-Temple

Elaina Wahl-Temple

Resident Artist


Research, Professional and Creative Activity


B.AP.A., Performing Arts, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, 1987, summa cum laude Certifications (University of Nebraska Independent School Study)--Acting, Voice & Dance Baltimore Actors’ Theatre Conservatory for the Performing Arts, PROFESSIONAL TRAINING Vocal Coaching-Broadway and Opera Coach Harry Garland Vocal Coaching- Broadway veteran Virginia Sandifur Acting- Author of Acting Lions Penny Templeton Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD- Ballet Maria Morales, Maria Morales Dance Company, Baltimore, MD- Spanish Dance 


Area of Research:

  • Kennedy Center American Theatre College Festival’s National Award for "Outstanding Costume Design", 2017,
  • The Maids Kennedy Center American Theatre College Festival’s “Meritorious Achievement” Award, 2016,
  • The Maids Kennedy Center American Theatre College Festival’s “Meritorious Achievement” Award, 2011, Les Liaisons Dangereuses FL Arts Council--Fellowship Grant, 2008
  • MAC Award Nominee, 1999 

Professional Profile

Elaina Wahl-Temple has been a professional actress since age 7. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland she grew up as part of a local repertory theater performing with both her sister and mother. She toured nationally and performed on such historical stages as Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Baltimore’s Lyric Opera House. While attending a performing arts high school she was honored to receive a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership award as well as being a part of an anti-vandalism campaign for the state of Maryland. After graduation, (as a class of one!) she attended Butler University where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Performing Arts (dance, theatre, and music) with a minor in costume design and construction. Since then she has worked regionally at many theatres including The Good Speed Opera House. As a costumer she apprenticed with international award winning designer Dan Pugh and worked as “first hand” at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Costume design credits include work with MoMing Dance Company and Iterplay Theatre Company as well as several seasons with South Jersey Regional Theatre and Dundalk Community College’s Cockpit in Court. She is now the resident designer for Flagler College. In 2011 and 2016 she was awarded the Kennedy Center- Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Design (in College Theatre, KCACTF) for her work on Flagler College’s productions of Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Maids. In 2017 she was given KCACTF’s National Excellence in Design award for her designs for The Maids. Performing credits include Mickey in the national tour of My One and Only, Madeline in Ziegfeld: A Night at the Follies and Yvonne Chandal in the off-Broadway production of A Flea in Her Ear. Not limiting herself to the stage she has many television credits as well including appearances on Loving, As the World Turns and Saturday Night Live. She currently lives in St. Augustine with her husband Tom and son Alex and is proud to be a member of Flagler College’s Theatre Department faculty. 

Teaching and Related Service

Classes Taught:

  • Currently- Dance Workshop Dance Workshop,
  • Advanced Dance for the Non-Major
  • Costume History
  • Costume Construction
  • Costume Design
  • Stage Makeup
  • Previously- Musical Theatre Careers in Theatre 

More Information

  • Former President, Enterprising Women Leadership Institute Fundraiser, Susan B. Komen Foundation, 2008-2009
  • Actor, Producer, & Co-Writer, Cabaret, Limelight Theater, 2008-2009
  • Fundraiser, Artbreakers (Cancer Support & Advocacy), 2008
  • Clerk, St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections