Ellie Handel

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My name is Ellie Handel (she/her/hers) and I am an 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.

And finally, 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.

I love what I do, and am always looking for whatever my next project will be!


New York Premiere at Theatre Row, 2017

Ellie Handel News

Photos: First Look at MAKE ME GORGEOUS! at Playhouse 46 St. Luke's

triangle productions! presents the new York premiere of Make Me Gorgeous!, The True Story of Kenneth 'Mr. Madam' Marlowe, written and directed by Donnie, and starring Wade McCollum. Check out all new photos here!

Jo Ellen Perlman, Mike Cefalo, Paolo Montalban & More to Star in WHITE ROSE: THE MUSICAL Off-Broadway

Get the latest news on the Off-Broadway debut of WHITE ROSE: The Musical, starring Jo Ellen Pellman and Mike Cefalo. Find out when the performances begin and where to catch this inspiring true story of courage and resistance at Theatre Row's Theatre 3 on January 17, 2024.

MAKE ME GORGEOUS!, The Story Of LGBTQ+ Trailblazer Kenneth Marlowe, To Open In NYC During Transgender Awareness Week

Discover the inspiring true story of Kenneth 'Mr. Madam' Marlowe and his impact on the LGBTQ+ community. Make Me Gorgeous! opens in NYC this November during Transgender Awareness Week, don't miss it!

Wren Rivera to Lead Industry Presentation of WHITE ROSE: THE MUSICAL

Get the latest news on the industry presentation of WHITE ROSE: THE MUSICAL, featuring the talented Wren Rivera. Don't miss this exclusive showcase of the highly anticipated production.

Immersive Play RAGERCIZE to Open at Sunlight Studios This Month

From June 16 to June 25, The Rally Cat will present Ragercize: an aerobic catharsis at Sunlight Studios in Manhattan.

Photos: First Look At Paula Vogel's INDECENT At Next Stage Arts

This past Memorial Day weekend, Paula Vogel’s Tony Award-winning play, Indecent, premiered at Next Stage Arts in Putney, Vermont. See photos from the production. 

Paula Vogel's INDECENT Kicks Off Jewish Heritage Month At Next Stage Arts

Paula Vogel's Tony Award-winning 2015 play, Indecent, will premiere at Putney, Vermont's Next Stage Arts on the heels of AAPI Heritage Month and kicking off Jewish Heritage Month. The production is directed and choreographed by multi-hyphenate artist Ellie Handel and features the original score written and arranged by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva.

Video: Saheem Ali, Ron OJ Parson & More Receive SDCF Awards

Watch the SDCF Awards hosted by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation!

Cast Announced For The Acting Company's Reading of BILLY STRAYHORN: SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR

The Acting Company has announced casting for their reading of Billy Strayhorn: Something to Live For, produced, by special arrangement with Steven Tabakin/Swee Pea LLC, as part of The Acting Company's annual Louanna O. Carlin & John MacDonald Reading Series. 

SHE'S GOT HARLEM ON HER MIND, 3 One-Acts by Eulalie Spence, to be Presented at Metropolitan Playhouse

The Obie Award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will present She’s Got Harlem on Her Mind, an evening of three short plays by influential Harlem Renaissance writer Eulalie Spence (1894–1981).

Emma Pittman Leads Industry Reading Of THE AVIATRIX: A NEW MUSICAL

An industry reading of the new musical, The Aviatrix, was presented today at Pearl Studios. The new musical features book and lyrics by Lily Dwoskin and music by Casey O'Neil. The reading was music directed by Austin Nuckols and directed by Ellie Handel.

Fully-Masked Performers Will Return to Off-Broadway's RESCUE RUE After Holiday Hiatus

The producers for Rescue Rue at DR2 Theatre have announced the show will return after a holiday hiatus. Originally scheduled to conclude performances on January 16, 2022, the show will now pause performances until the New Year, and the run will be extended to Sunday, January 30, 2022 with performances on a new varying schedule.

New York Theater Festival Presents 90 IN 90 Beginning This Month

The New York Theater Festival presents '90 in 90': a new play about recovery and what you find on the road back to yourself. Monday 11/29, Friday 12/3 & Sunday 12/5 at Teatro Latea, in the Lower East Side.

Photos: Inside Invoke Director's Lab's Production Of MISS JULES At Culture Lab LIC

Invoke Director’s Lab MISS JULES celebrated their opening last night! View the photos below for a sneak peek of the show.

Invoke Director's Lab Presents MISS JULES

The cast of Miss Jules includes Audrey Rose Arnold, Daniel Mazzarolo, Stephanie Moreno, and Nick Ferrantino. Becky Abramowitz is the Director, Jeanna DiPaolo is the Costume Designer, Preston Shelsta is the Lighting Designer, Medha Uppal is the Graphic Designer, and Piper Gaul is the Production Stage Manager.

FALLING IN LOVE WITH MR. DELLAMORT Original Cast Recording Released Today

The production will be released in association with Broadway Podcast Network, streaming in three unique episodes beginning July 30th.

THE PROPHET to be Presented by NYU Tisch's New Studio On Broadway

Following the virtual theatrical production of THE CLOUDS, NYU Tisch School of the Arts in conjunction with the New Studio on Broadway will present the following virtual production of THE PROPHET as a collaborative theatrical project conceived by NYU Tisch/ The New Studio on Broadway's annual Physical Acting Intensive.

Russo Richardson Productions' to Stream PUFFS in April

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs... who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world

The Aviatrix Announces '30 Days: 30 Women With Wings' Social Media Campaign

This week, the upcoming virtual musical The Aviatrix launched the social media campaign, '30 Days | 30 Women With Wings,' intended to highlight and support the growing woman-identifying aviator community.

Photo Flash: THE AVIATRIX: A New Musical Wraps Filming

This week, filming has ended for the new virtual theatre/film hybrid The Aviatrix: A New Musical, with book and lyrics by Lily Dwoskin, music by Casey O’Neil, and direction by Ellie Handel. 

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