Ellen’s passion for music, theater and dance began while watching her parents do the cha-cha and rumba around the living room and inventing weird sound effects for plays written by her brother Bob. She received her A.B. in English from Smith College, where she also studied acting and voice. Ellen launched into community theater productions in l995, playing the role of Golde in the Arena Civic Theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof and went on to play Mrs. Winthrop in their production of The Secret Garden and Evelyn in Kindertransport. She won best actress in the Western Massachusetts Community Theatre Festival for the role of Judith Keith in The Theater Project’s The Jewish Wife by Bertolt Brecht. With the Theater Project she also played Daisy in Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy and Edith Frank in Anne Frank. Ellen performed with Panache Players in Wendy Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig, as the oldest sister, Sara Good, and as Boo Levy in Alfred Uhry's Last Night at Ballyhoo. She also worked with Soundplays, producing live radio drama. Ellen divides her time between acting, being a writing instructor for gifted students through Johns Hopkins University, teaching English at Amherst High School, and bringing innovative theater, writers, and performers into the schools.