Elaine Fernandez is President of Warrior Productions and Founder/Director of Hudson Valley Playwrights. She graduated with a BA from Bard College. Fernandez’s plays deal primarily with realistic portraits of working and middle class life in contemporary society. Motivated by the desire to offer production opportunities to unknown and emerging artists, she established Warrior Productions in 2015. The formation of Warrior came soon after the creation of Hudson Valley Playwrights, a lab for local writers developing new and original works for the stage.
In January 2015, Fernandez led and coordinated a debut of new works by Hudson Valley Playwrights with “13 Plays by 13 Playwrights,” a weekend of 10-Minute Plays and Monologues presented at the Morton Memorial Library and Community House in Rhinecliff, New York. Plans were also underway for a short play festival later that year. In May of 2015, she began her collaboration with The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck with 15 short plays, inaugurating the first Annual Short Play Festival.
An entrepreneur and public servant, Fernandez spent more than a decade in government, beginning as a social policy analyst for the New York State Legislature in 2006. She has held top posts for state legislators in the Hudson Valley region, was elected councilperson for the Town of Rhinebeck in 2013, and created the vision and mission for civic projects that drew broad media coverage. A recognized community activist, she received an Outstanding Community Service Award in 2006 for her stewardship of a community-based project in the City of Kingston, New York. As a volunteer, Fernandez served in the AmeriCorps VISTA program teaching adult basic literacy, is a certified instructor of Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL), participated as an advisory board member for the Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) and ranked numerous grants to fill important human needs for Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.
Fernandez was born and raised in the charming hamlet of Rhinecliff, a riverfront community in the historic Town of Rhinebeck, New York. Over the years her civic and artistic endeavors have been featured in the Daily Freeman, Kingston Times, Poughkeepsie Journal, River Chronicle, WAMC’s The Roundtable, Pacifica Radio, Marist Radio, Public Access Northern Dutchess Area (PANDA) and Trinity Broadcasting, among others. She holds dual American-Panamanian citizenship.