Dennis Elkins

writer and actor

For 25 years, until mid-2017, I was focused on the academic theatre arena in the US Southeast and Rocky Mountain areas.  Home base is currently the South Harlem area of NYC which enriches his time between acting, directing, teaching and writing opportunities.  Favorite roles include Shylock, Polonius, Sir Toby, Rothko, Picasso, Joe Keller and Edna Turnblad.  Favorite venues include the Clarence Brown Company, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Single Carrot Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, and Thingamajig Theatre Company, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Directing credits include Comedy of Errors for Albuquerque’s Shakespeare on the Plaza, The Pirates of Penzance, Spring Awakening, The Secret Garden, Titus Andronicus, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and The Learned Ladies.  Dennis has also developed and performed a series of one-man shows regionally of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis), Never Bet the Devil Your Head (Edgar Allen Poe), and Tipping the Glass, an Evening with O. Henry.   He recently premiered his solo show, box., in Savannah focusing on the trials of packing and unpacking the boxes in our lives.  Elkins is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.  


Karla Knudsen

collaborator and director

Karla Knudsen has taught in both the performing arts and foundation studies departments at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). Favorite directing projects include W;t, “Master Harold”…and the Boys, Waiting for Godot, How I Learned to Drive, The Elephant Man, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, and Much Ado About Nothing. She is a charter member of the Collective Face Theatre Ensemble, performing in Frozen, The Trip to Bountiful, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Shadowlands, and August, Osage County.  Karla is a freelance teacher,director, performer, and acting coach.  She also teaches/learns with her daughters through the Georgia Cyber Academy and is a consulting editor for ARTPULSE Magazine.Karla holds degrees from SCAD and Carnegie Mellon University.

Elaine Wong

lighting designer

Elaine is from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and received her MFA in Lighting Design from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. She is the resident lighting designer with the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts (CO) and with Resolve Productions’ Misterman (NYC/Ireland). She is currently a Master Electrician and Adjunct Professor with Montclair State University, and her website can be found at


Robert Hornbostel

sound designer

Robert is a freelance designer, engineer, and composer from Chicago. Robert designs with companies such as Porchlight Music Theater, Rivendell Theater Ensemble, Black Button Eyes, Roosevelt University, and Underscore. A graduate of Illinois State University, he has worked with companies such as The Santa Fe Opera, The Cape Playhouse, Music Theater Wichita, as well as teaching with Fort Lewis College, Western Illinois University, and University of Nebraska Lincoln. Information can be found at

Monique Cuyler

stage manager, design assistant and board operator

Monique is from Colorado Springs Colorado, and she recently graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in Technical Theatre. During her time at Fort Lewis College, she had one World Denver Broadway nomination in 2017 for Best Lighting Design for a straight play. This performance of box. is Monique’s first show after graduation. She is excited to work with outstanding designers as well as participating in the directing process.


Tour Dates

Tour Dates

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If you would like to see box. in a theatre near you, send us an email and we will do our best to bring Dennis and his cardboard box to your town!


Photos / Video

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Cape Town South Africa Show

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box video

Watch a clip from box.

box. talk

  • The concept is fresh; the writing brilliant and insightful; and the performance thoroughly engaging.

    Judith Reynolds The Durango Herald review of box.
    Judith Reynolds Arts journalist and member of the American Theatre Critics Association
    The Durango Herald | Culture Gulch | Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 5:43 PM
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  • A beautifully crafted piece about holding onto the things in life that we somehow need to let go of, but simply can't. Poignant, funny and equally moving.

    Jedd Owen-Ellis Clark review of box.
    Jedd Owen-Ellis Clark Voice and Singing Teacher, Vocal Performance Coach, Associate Voice Tutor, Guildford School of Acting, Winchester University, Portsmouth University, Chichester University, Surrey University - United Kingdom
  • The best theatre piece I’ve seen in a long time. Carefully crafted and imaginative, powerfully performed and deeply touching. You can’t help but feel your own story through Dennis’s...

    Beth Gudenrath review of box.
    Beth Gudenrath Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®
  • .... Through a series of genius, slow strip-tease like revelations, Elkins releases us with gentle humor from what we fear most. Elkins is a sublime and delightful storyteller, writer and performer. To be in his hands for the night is to enjoy the fruits of a long-simmering experimentalist and show you his findings - Do not fear: the ride is worth it and it is nothing but good news.

    Amy Chaffee review of box.
    Amy Chaffee Freelance Dialect & Voice Coach, Los Angeles, CA & Assistant Professor Tulane University
    Department of Theatre and Dance - New Orleans, LA
  • A profoundly moving and passionate performance, delivered with awe-inspiring skill. I laughed and cried in equal measure.

    Cathryn Robson review of box.
    Cathryn Robson Senior Lecturer University of Westminster, United Kingdom
  • Dennis Elkins blows the roof of the expectations of a one-man show by giving a smart, hilarious and heartbreakingly humane performance with tender direction by Karla Knudsen. Box' presents the complexities of a life journey searching for a place to go and the notion that one never fully arrives. Smart, fun writing. Lived in and touching

    David Thingpen review of box.
    David Thigpen Playwright at The Collective NY/ Hurricane Party
  • I knew Dennis when some of these life-altering experiences took place. I laughed, cheered and cried. It was amazing to see him visit these heart-wrenching times with strength and acceptance. A captivating show by a truly talented artist.

    Cathy Scott review of box.
    Cathy Scott Morristown, Tennessee
  • box. is an autobiographical journey of cleaning house after parents/children die and we, those of us who are left, must choose what to keep and what to shred. The easy solution is to dump the stuff in a box and deal with it later—but, when “later” comes, we still agonize with the left-overs in a comical way.

    This 70 minute one-man play, performed without intermission, demands ransoming our lives from the boxes tucked away under the bed, back of the closet, down in the basement and up in the attic. Giving voice to the sometimes prickly, yet pleasurable, process of packing and unpacking our prized possessions.