Ellen Orenstein is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and the Coordinator for Acting programs at Marymount Manhattan College.
Productions directed at Marymount include: The Balcony, Machinal, Tartuffe, Polaroid Stories, Arsonists, Reckless, Our Town, The Adding Machine, In The Boom Boom Room, This Property Is Condemned. Other New York productions include: The Human Variations (25 Central Park West Gallery), 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).
Her writing has been published in American Theatre, TheatreForum International Theatre Journal, and Theatre Journal.
In addition to her courses at Marymount Manhattan, she has taught acting at New York University and the University of Washington, and she holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the University of Washington.