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Ellen Orenstein


Associate Professor of Theatre Arts


Theatre Arts





Ellen Orenstein is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and the Coordinator for Freshman/Sophomore Acting at Marymount Manhattan College. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the University of Washington.


B.A., Wesleyan University
M.F.A., University of Washington

Recent Work


Defying Gravity: Physics, Art and Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.” (book chapter),Stages to Performance. Scheduled release Summer-Fall 2009.

Director, Surfacing (staged reading). Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. New York, NY. June 2009.

Director, Our Town. The Theresa Lang Theatre: Marymount Manhattan College. New York, NY. November 2008.


Acting I (Contemporary)

Acting II (American Realism)


Professional Experience

Productions directed at Marymount include: The ArsonistsRecklessOur TownThe Adding MachineIn The Boom Boom RoomThis Property Is Condemned. Other New York productions include: The Human Variations (25CPW Red Roots Gallery, NYC), Allegro (25CPW Gallery, NYC), Largo (CV Lounge at the Hotel on Rivington, NYC), Scherzo (Alice’s Teacup, NYC), Tartuffe (SUNY Purchase), Necropolis (Manhattan Theatre Source), The Seagull (assistant director), featuring Dianne Wiest and Alan Cumming (Classic Stage Company), and the staged reading of Surfacing (Most Outstanding Overall Production of a Reading nomination, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity).

In 2007, Ellen was a participant in the 8th Annual International Symposium for Directors with Andrei Serban, Yoshi Oida, Enrique Pardo, Putu Wijaya, Petar Todorov and Annie-B Parson (La MaMa Umbria International, Spoleto, Italy).

Her writing has been published in American TheatreTheatreForum International Theatre Journal and Theatre Journal, and she is currently co-adapting Kathryn Harrison’s novel Exposure for the stage.

Ellen is the Co-Artistic Director/Founder of the Blueprint Theater Project, for which she co-created and directed The Human Variations.


Nugent Hall, Room 152B