My name is Ellie Handel (she/her/hers) and I am an AEA actor, director, and stage manager 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.
Additionally, I am also a freelance stage manager and have worked at venues like The Town Hall, The Duke at 42nd Street, Theatre Row, The Davenport Theatre, NYU's Skirball Center, and HERE Arts Center. 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.
Over the past year, I've spent every day learning and experimenting with virtual theatre and digital creation. I am currently the virtual and in-person production coordinator at NYU's New Studio on Broadway, as well as a freelance director and stage manager for virtual and remote projects.
Most recently, I directed the hybrid theatre-film virtual musical The Aviatrix, and am heading into post-production for Russo Richardson's production of Puffs! Check us out HERE and purchase tickets HERE.
New Studio on Broadway - Project Coordinator
Puffs - Director (Russo Richardson Productions)
Falling in Love with Mr. Dellamort - Production Stage Manager