Elaine studied Communications in the Dublin Institute of Technology. As a student she wrote and directed a short film Ding Dong Hamlet is Dead which starred Irish actors Cillian Murphy and Nuala O'Neill.
Elaine worked as digital compositor on the BAFTA Award-winning animated film Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Moving Still Productions, 2002).
In 2007 Elaine and Brian Hurley won the PPI Award[clarification needed] for Best Radio Drama for From Heartache to Hope - The Story of the Jeanie Johnston. Elaine Kinsella wrote the original script.
In 2009 Elaine's second radio play 1923 premiered on Radio Kerry. The project was funded by the BCI's[clarification needed] Sound & Vision scheme. It was nominated in the Best Drama category at the 2009 PPI Radio Awards.