Ellen Kaplan

Professor of Theatre. Fulbright Scholar, actress, director, playwright. Ellen directs and performs internationally: recent directing credits include: The Magic Flute, Curious Incident, Turn of the Screw, Private Lives); recent acting: La Nieta del Dictador; La razon blindada. Guest Professor at Tel Aviv University; the University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest; University of Costa Ricq, and Distinguished Artist at Hong Kong University, where her play Livy in the Garden about the terror of giving birth, was performed at the Robert Black Theatre. Other plays include Sarajevo Phoenix, based on interviews with Croat, Slav and Bosniak women; Cast No Shadow, about the legacies of the Holocaust, premiered at the Jewish State Theater of Bucharest ; Pulling Apart, about the 2nd intifada, won a Moss Hart Award; Someone Is Sure to Come, about inmates on Death Row, was presented in NYC and published in the Tacenda Literary Journal. Her book chapter on creativity
and trauma was published in Performing Psychologies (2019). Ellen works with underserved and at- risk groups, adjudicated teens; literacy training; and women in prison. She is developing a piece about Kurdish women in Iraq and Syria. My forthcoming book is Chasing the Demons, about theatre & social trauma. In much of my work I write about shame, illness, scars and facing fears; I’m 68, partially disabled, and wondering now about life, death, faith, the commodification of women, and spiritual renewal.

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