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 is a theater director, with recent plays at Park Square Theatre, Artistry, and Lyric Arts Main Street Stage. She directed and produced the Audience Favorite A CERTAIN AGE at the 2013 MN Fringe Festival. Elena has been a part of the Twin Cities acting community for over 30 years, performing on many local stages, including The Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Mixed Blood, History Theatre, MJTC, and Playwright’s Center. Her on-camera/filmcredits include industry films, commercials, feature film and prime-time TV. She is a graduate of Macalester College with a BA in Dramatic Arts.

shelli place 

Shelli 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.