Born and raised a Kentucky girl, Ellie's heartstrings will forever be tied to the Bluegrass state. Raised in the theatre, she first appeared (at a very young age) in a black unitard as a cat in a preshow performance of CATS. Her fate was set and by fourth grade she was attending the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, graduated with a BFA from the University of Kentucky, participated in the yearlong apprenticeship at Actors Theatre of Louisville, then moved to Manhattan (in a tiny Yugo sized vehicle) to pursue her dream of becoming an actress…
Ellie is an actress, collaborator and teaching artist. As a screen artist her most recent credits include First Wives Club on BET, The Wonder Years on ABC and Tyler Perry's Sistas on BET (recurring). She has performed extensively throughout parts of the North East and on the East Coast including stages in Manhattan, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, and across the pond in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Some of her favorite stage credits include Antony & Cleopatra (Cleopatra), Pride & Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennett), A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella), Marie Antoinette (Marie), Burn This (Anna), A Chorus Line (Sheila), and Stupid Fucking Bird (Emma). You can view her resume here.
As a teaching artist, Ellie is currently serving as co-Artistic Director of Arvold Warner Studio in Atlanta, GA with her fiercely talented partner Evan Bergman. She is also the Drama Department Chair and Movement Specialist for Kentucky’s Governor School for the Arts. She is co-founder of Voices Amplified, an arts activism initiative that generates places of story, cranking up the volume on under-represented and mis-represented voices. Voices Amplified’s projects include Voices Amp'd the podcast, The Girl Project, The Girl Project: Next Generation, Bodies Amp'd and Voices HEaRd. Voices Amplified is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, an Arts Match grant through the Kentucky Fund for the Arts, and multiple grants from the United Way of the Bluegrass, Toyota of Kentucky and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is also co-founder of the ensemble-based theatre company, Project SEE Theatre. Project SEE Theatre (PST) is a fellowship of artists dedicated to engaging the community through imaginative storytelling. PST strives to explore the human condition through visceral, provocative theatre; theatre that entertains and electrifies; theatre that sooths and unsettles; theatre that is bold, intoxicating, and fearless. PST embraces, celebrates, and exploits those qualities that make theatre unique.
Ellie obtained her Master of Fine Arts from Ohio University’s Professional Actor Training Program in 2018 in the beautiful small town of Athens, OH. You can view her full CV here.