VAS ELI is an award-winning actor based in NYC. A multidisciplinary artist, he is also a director, writer, producer, educator and painter.
Born and raised in Romania, he obtained his BFA at the prestigious National University for Theatre and Film in Bucharest, and received the Stefan Iordache award upon graduation. He then got his MFA at Brooklyn College, where he was awarded the Friars’ Club Fellowship.
He has guest starred in ABC’s For Life, opposite Nicholas Pinnock, and also appears in the series finale of The Deuce, opposite Chris Bauer, and in The Blacklist (S. 6, Ep 1), playing opposite James Spader and Cristopher Lambert.
He made his Off-Broadway debut in Tamburlaine, directed by Sir Michael Boyd at Theater for a New Audience, a show that was awarded "Most Honorable Mention" in the New York Times "Best Shows of 2014." He is honored to have shared the stage with John Douglas Thompson. Also Off-Broadway, he played the titular role In the world premier of Jericho, written by Michael Weller based on Ferenc Molnar’s Liliom.
His work has screened at many prestigious film festivals - Slamdance, Austin, Sarasota, to name a few. He is known for the films The Kidnapping of a Fish (Best Supporting Actor Award), Delenda, Varlet, Hell House LLC 2 - the Abaddon hotel, Far from Here.
He plays the lead role in Snakeeater, a chilling neo-noir in which he plays opposite Isaach de Bankolé, coming very soon!
He is fluent in Romanian, English and Spanish, and conversational in French, and Italian.
Since he arrived in NYC, he has worked extensively with Piper Theatre Productions, a company that offered him several scores that would change any actor's life - lead roles in The Nocturnes, The Island of Dr. Moreau (Edinburgh Fringe Bobby Award), Frankenstein, Splitfoot, and We Should Have Seen the Lights Already.