My name is Ellie Handel (she/her/hers) and I am an AEA actor, stage manager, and director living in New York City. I hold a BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School for the Arts, where I studied Musical Theatre at the New Studio on Broadway.
While at NYU, I played roles like The Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, Small Alison in the collegiate premiere of Fun Home, and Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act. Other favorite credits include Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, the Narrator in Joseph, and Ursula in The Little Mermaid.
As a director, I am passionate about highlighting stories that have yet to be told and specialize in cultivating new plays and musicals. Recently, I was nominated for Best Director at NY Summerfest for the new musical Aussie Song, written by Frances Rae Key. As a writer, my one-act musical, The Wives of Henry the Eighth, was produced at Royal Family Theatre in May 2019.
As a stage manager, I work frequently in the Off-Broadway arena and at NYU. In March 2020, I became a member of the Actor's Equity Association after subbing as the PSM for the hit Off-Broadway musical, Emojiland.
Up next, I'm directing JD Scalzo's new play, 90 in 90, at Teatro Latea in New York Theatre Festival's Winterfest! Click HERE to purchase a ticket.