First and foremost, Ellie was born and raised a Kentucky girl. Her heart strings will forever be tied to the Bluegrass state. After graduation from the University of Kentucky she spent a year apprenticing at Actors Theatre of Louisville before driving off to Manhattan (in a Yugo sized vehicle) to pursue her dreams of becoming an actor. She thrived in Manhattan for10 years before heading back to Kentucky to co-found Project SEE Theatre and her arts-meets-activism initiative The Girl Project (now known as Voices Amplified). Soon she was in hot pursuit of a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting which took her to the stunning small town of Athens, OH where she attended Ohio University. Out of graduate school her and her fiercely talented partner, Evan Bergman, decided to try Atlanta, GA on for size. They now reside on the West End of Atlanta and are both acting and serving as co-Artistic Directors of Arvold Warner Studio.
Ellie is an actress, collaborator and teaching artist. As a screen artists her most recent credits include The Wonder Years on ABC (co-star) 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).
Ellie obtained her Masters of Fine Arts from Ohio University’s Professional Actor Training Program. Her graduate training included the Meisner Approach (full progression), Shakespeare & Styles work, Fitzmaurice voice work, Knight-Thompson speech work, the Chekov Technique, Acting for the Camera, Stage Combat (passed in hand to hand, rapier and dagger, and quarterstaff), and movement training including Suzuki & Viewpoints, Laban Movement Analysis, Authentic Movement, Bartenieff Fundamentals and the Rasaboxes. She has trained extensively with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company over the past 20 years in Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition participating in workshops, drop-in classes, and she also attended their Skidmore Summer Intensive.
As a teaching artist, Ellie is currently serving as co-Artistic Director of Arvold Warner Studio in Atlanta, GA with her partner Evan Bergman. As a teaching artist she offers training in the Meisner Approach, Viewpoints, Suzuki & Composition, Laban Movement Analysis, Scene Study, Recurring Scene Study, and Self Taping for Screen Artists. She currently acts as the Movement Specialist for Kentucky’s Governor School for the Arts and does private coaching through Actors Room Atlanta. She has taught collegiately at Ohio University and Transylvania University and taught advanced acting for film in Atlanta with Studio 27 Model & Talent Agency. She was the Education Director and Associate Producer for Woodford Theatre in Versailles, KY from 2013-2015 and also taught with Kentucky Conservatory Theatre, which she co-founded, for eight years.
Ellie has collaborated in the co-founding of multiple projects. She is the co-founder of the arts-meets-activism initiative Voices Amplified. Upon moving to Atlanta, she and her partner created the audition taping & coaching service, Actors Room Atlanta. She is also co-founder of the ensemble-based theatre company, Project SEE Theatre. And last, but certainly not least, she co-founded the training ground for central Kentucky high schoolers, Kentucky Shakespeare Institute (founding name Kentucky Classical Theatre Conservatory), which was the educational counterpart of the Lexington Shakespeare Festival for its 8 years of existence.
Voices Amplified is an arts activism initiative that generates places of story, cranking up the volume on under-represented and mis-represented voices in dominant culture. Creating space through the mediums of theatre performance and podcasting, we bring people together into a shared and intimate space to embrace difficult and challenging questions, celebrate unique journeys, and learn how to overcome personal and collective obstacles as we pave a path for change. Voices Amplified 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.
Ellie’s other proud endeavors include the creation and development of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Ohio University in her final year as a Masters candidate. Throughout her Masters candidacy she also assisted in developing, and participated in workshops with, The Creative Solutions Alliance which was developed to respond to racism and sexism in a clinical setting and the university classroom. She also participated in the creation and development of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. She was invited to serve as a panelist for Activism Beyond Gender at the South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC), for Resilience & Big Changes for the Women's Theatre Festival and has acted as a grant reviewer for Kentucky Foundation for Women.