Serious Play!

Theatre Ensemble

Ellen Augarten


Serious Play! entered into Ellen’s consciousness when her daughter started talking about a theater group she was interested in and subsequently joined as an ensemble member. Of that ensemble, Ellen says, “I was easily drawn into this remarkable, edgy little group and became their primary photographer, documenting almost all their productions over the years. Becoming a board member was an easy next step.”


Ellen is a New York (Queens) transplant to Northampton, and has been in the Valley for almost 40 years. She received her MFA in Photography from Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. “I love the ‘photo life,’ documenting families, human drama (both spontaneous and scripted) and the world around us.” Information about Ellen’s work is available at