PRIME Productions Co-founders: Alison Edwards, Elena Giannetti and Shelli Place.

Each founder brings decades worth of theatrical experience and knowledge toward building and growing a theater company.



Alison has spent the last 40 years in New York acting in theatre, film, TV and, more recently, audio books. In New York City she performed at the Roundabout Theatre, the New York Shakespeare Festival and the Riverside Shakespeare Festival. Alison was the standby for Judith Light on the National tour of WIT.  Regionally she has performed in numerous productions including: the regional theatre premiers of WIT and SHADOWLANDS as well as WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION, DOUBT, THE ROYAL FAMILY, 33 VARIATIONS, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?,  THE LION IN WINTER, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST and numerous Shakespeare productions. She spent four seasons at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival where she was an Artistic Associate.  She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. She is now, happily, a Twin Cities resident. 

elena Giannetti

Elena has been a part of the Twin Cities acting community for over 30 years, performing in front of the camera and on many local stages.  Her stage credits include work at The Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theater, Children’s Theater Company, Mixed Blood, History Theater, MN Jewish Theater Company and many more. Elena is also a director and producer, with successful productions at the MN Fringe Festival, and will be directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Park Square Theater in November 2016. She is a graduate of Macalester College with a BA in Dramatic Arts and has studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Elena is a member of SAG-AFTRA.

shelli place 

Shelli Place is no stranger to global industrials and corporate shows having served as Producer/Director for programs in North America, Europe and Asia. She developed shows for the Walt Disney Company, directed the NFLA Player of the Year Awards as well as awards/incentive programs for ADP, Hewlett Packard and Wells Fargo. Her specialty is speech coaching for executives. 

She has worked with former Presidents, Senators, TV/film celebrities and iconic sports figures. Shelli has directed plays, musical revues and fashion shows worldwide. MN credits include Direction/Choreography for Old Log, Minnesota Jewish Theater Company, Theater Unbound and the Hennepin Theater Trust. She is an experienced actress with credits from Shakespeare to sit-com, and a member of Actor’s Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, & ATAS (Television Academy of Arts and Sciences). Education: BFA in Acting, Southern Methodist University.