Elise Czuchna is a Cornell University alumna. She began her work with the Phoenix Players Theatre Group in February of 2017 and continued to collaborate with this incredible group until her graduation in May of 2018. She feels incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to join PPTG, and to have performed alongside the men of PPTG in The Strength Of Our Convictions: The Auburn Redemption. While Elise has performed in various shows at Cornell University, including The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek and Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, she considers The Strength of Our Convictions the best production of her entire college career. Elise’s next step is to attain a J.D. in order to pursue a career in human rights/civil rights law. She hopes to continue working with incarcerated peoples, and potentially focus her career on prison reform and issues of mass incarceration. Above all else, Elise wants to thank the men of PPTG for allowing her to witness them and their stories, as well as be witnessed herself. Her collaboration with the Phoenix Players Theatre Group has been the most rewarding and transformative experience of her life. Elise hopes that everyone who encounters PPTG will see how incredible this group is, and will recognize that these men deserve to be humanized and witnessed. Elise encourages everyone to see a PPTG show!