My name is Ellie Handel (she/her/hers) and I am an actor, stage manager, director, and educator 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 was thrilled to play 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 creating theater that reflects and makes us question or lives, and specialize in cultivating new plays and musicals. I was also nominated for Best Director at NY Summerfest for the new musical Aussie Song, written by Frances Rae Key.
As a stage manager, I work frequently in the Off-Broadway arena and with my alma mater at NYU. Some of my favorite SM credits include Emojiland, The Magnificent Seven, Confidence (And The Speech), and Rescue Rue. I am also a member of Actor's Equity Association and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
As an educator, I blend my unique experiences as a multi-hyphenate artist into my curriculums and teaching philosophy. I believe in investigating truth and am honored to help bring up the next generation of theatrical creators.
I'm always looking for my next project and to grow my list of collaborators. I look forward to working with you! :)