Ellen Gerstein As An Actor

Ellen’s Resume 
Ellen’s Reel

I am honored to be the recipient of The Robert Proski Character Actor Award 2016.

I am honored to be the recipient of The Robert Proski Character Actor Award 2016.

The play: The Art of Self Defense The role: Frannie

The play: The Art of Self Defense The role: Frannie

Acting is my passion. I love the creative process. Serious actors need serious teachers; I am very fortunate to have had such wonderful teachers to shape my craft. I studied with Lee Strasberg in New York and followed him to Los Angeles.  I went back and forth for a few years studying with him, and then settled in Los Angeles. Nice weather, pretty flowers, good friends and great experiences. Another significant person who helped in developing my skills is Stella Adler. I studied script analysis with her for many years. I am a lifetime member of The Actor’s Studio, where I serve as a judge on the Audition Committee. I continue to bring my work for moderator Martin Landau, so I can constantly grow and take risks, and of course, have fun.

 

My romance with Film is undeniable. I just finished playing the lead actress along side Charlie Robinson in the short film, Come Away With Me, that I also directed. I was so in love with the character Anne, who I believe is an everyday hero for going after her dream. She inspired me to take more risks in my life. Before that I worked on two films, Americas Still the Place directed by Patrick Gilles. We shot in the Bay Area and Patrick was so easy to work with it was very fulfilling and like a vacation. I had a lot of fun working on Swelter directed by Keith Palmer staring Alfred Molina. It was shot at an Old Western Town north of Los Angeles in the middle of the night. I had a great experience working on Treasure of the Black Jaguar. I played the lead character’s mother, Mrs. Sheinberg, an overly caring mother who loves her son almost to death. Cameron Van Hoy and Mike Bruce wrote the wonderful script, and Mike Bruce directed it. I play Mrs. Johnson, an offbeat flirt in Miracle Man, also written and directed by Cameron Van Hoy. Throughout my career I have had the good fortune to work with many gifted actors including, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, James Franco, Ted Dansen, John Hurt, Kathy Bates, Danny Divito, and Lainie Kazan to name a few. I have been lucky enough to work with such strong directors as Martin Scorsese, Mark Rydell, Paul Schraeder, Rob Marshall, and Mimi Leder.

Television is exciting with it’s creative shows and very inspiring and interesting characters. I recently recurred on Shameless, as the badass Aunt Rande. Whoa what fun was that. Who wouldn’t want to be a bad ass! I worked with Mimi Leder who is a real actors director. Talking about fun characters I was Crazy Carol, a homeless schizophrenic on the show Southland, directed by the awesome Allison Andres. On Jerry Bruckheimer’s series The Whole Truth, I recurred as Maura Tierney’s assistant Tina, a confident, strong, maternal character. In The James Dean Story, Mark Rydell did a wonderful job creating the feel of this great era in filmmaking and I really felt powerful portraying Ms. Deasy James Dean’s agent. I felt honored to be part of it. On location in Key West for the production of Murder of Crows with Cuba Gooding it was pouring rain we were stuck inside and kept cracking jokes. So much fun, and having fun and loving what you do is what it is all about.

I love the theater, what a wonderful place to work hard on your craft and connect with actors and the audience! I have been in many theater productions and have had the wonderful opportunity to create many interesting characters. In The Traveler, at the Mark Taper, I created Ann, John Glover’s private duty nurse. As well as, Ruthie in Potroast at the Actors Gang, Shirley in Sit and Shiver, a play by Steven Berkoff, at the Odyssey, Rosalie in the play Angel Share at the Tiffany, with Paula Prentiss. I co-wrote and co-produced Club Disco and created the character, Angie, at the Lillian and Babs in Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral. I also acted in the wonderful Tennessee Williams play, Rose Tattoo, where I played Bessie. Then revived Bessie again in Tennessee Williams one act Perfect Analysis Given By A Parrot. I also wrote and performed an award winning one-woman show called My Psychotherapy Comeback Tour. It was in the LA Woman’s Festival, New York Fringe Festival, it also won semi-finalist in the Samuel French short play contest. The show went on to the Harold Clurman Theater in New York. I love developing characters. The accomplishment of having the audience connect to my character in some way touches my heart. I love being fearless…
because, I LOVE TO ACT.

In the exciting new genre of Web-series I have had the pleasure of developing some wonderful comedic characters. I created my own series Sylvia Just Sayin’ . Sylvia Utnick my alter ego is an extremely opinionated and outspoken single lady.  Being in the “NOW” is of the utmost importance to her.

In Broke Ass Rich Kids I play Katia, the sassy and sarcastic Russian mother of Sid (Allen Landver), with a handsome young lover (oooh that was fun!)

In Dirty Cops I play Rita a depressed chain-smoking, complaining annoying mother of Jack a New York Cop, played by Michael Friedman. In Firm With Purpose I am Kathy a hovering helicopter smother of a mother.

At present I am working on my upcoming Web Series about Jenee Sebel a homeless psychotherapist who uses unconventional therapeutic modalities that she has brilliantly created.

Ellen Gerstein As An Actor

Ellen’s Resume 
Ellen’s Reel

I am honored to be the recipient of The Robert Proski Character Actor Award 2016.

The Robert Proski Character Actor Award 2016

The play: The Art of Self Defense The role: Frannie

The play – The Art of Self Defense The role – Frannie

Acting is my passion. I love the creative process. Serious actors need serious teachers; I am very fortunate to have had such wonderful teachers to shape my craft. I studied with Lee Strasberg in New York and followed him to Los Angeles.  I went back and forth for a few years studying with him, and then settled in Los Angeles. Nice weather, pretty flowers, good friends and great experiences. Another significant person who helped in developing my skills is Stella Adler. I studied script analysis with her for many years. I am a lifetime member of The Actor’s Studio, where I serve as a judge on the Audition Committee. I continue to bring my work for moderator Martin Landau, so I can constantly grow and take risks, and of course, have fun.

My romance with Film is undeniable. I just finished playing the lead actress along side Charlie Robinson in the short film, Come Away With Me, that I also directed. I was so in love with the character Anne, who I believe is an everyday hero for going after her dream. She inspired me to take more risks in my life. Before that I worked on two films, Americas Still the Place directed by Patrick Gilles. We shot in the Bay Area and Patrick was so easy to work with it was very fulfilling and like a vacation. I had a lot of fun working on Swelter directed by Keith Palmer staring Alfred Molina. It was shot at an Old Western Town north of Los Angeles in the middle of the night. I had a great experience working on Treasure of the Black Jaguar. I played the lead character’s mother, Mrs. Sheinberg, an overly caring mother who loves her son almost to death. Cameron Van Hoy and Mike Bruce wrote the wonderful script, and Mike Bruce directed it. I play Mrs. Johnson, an offbeat flirt in Miracle Man, also written and directed by Cameron Van Hoy. Throughout my career I have had the good fortune to work with many gifted actors including, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, James Franco, Ted Dansen, John Hurt, Kathy Bates, Danny Divito, and Lainie Kazan to name a few. I have been lucky enough to work with such strong directors as Martin Scorsese, Mark Rydell, Paul Schraeder, Rob Marshall, and Mimi Leder.

Television is exciting with it’s creative shows and very inspiring and interesting characters. I recently recurred on Shameless, as the badass Aunt Rande. Whoa what fun was that. Who wouldn’t want to be a bad ass! I worked with Mimi Leder who is a real actors director. Talking about fun characters I was Crazy Carol, a homeless schizophrenic on the show Southland, directed by the awesome Allison Andres. On Jerry Bruckheimer’s series The Whole Truth, I recurred as Maura Tierney’s assistant Tina, a confident, strong, maternal character. In The James Dean Story, Mark Rydell did a wonderful job creating the feel of this great era in filmmaking and I really felt powerful portraying Ms. Deasy James Dean’s agent. I felt honored to be part of it. On location in Key West for the production of Murder of Crows with Cuba Gooding it was pouring rain we were stuck inside and kept cracking jokes. So much fun, and having fun and loving what you do is what it is all about.

I love the theater, what a wonderful place to work hard on your craft and connect with actors and the audience! I have been in many theater productions and have had the wonderful opportunity to create many interesting characters. In The Traveler, at the Mark Taper, I created Ann, John Glover’s private duty nurse. As well as, Ruthie in Potroast at the Actors Gang, Shirley in Sit and Shiver, a play by Steven Berkoff, at the Odyssey, Rosalie in the play Angel Share at the Tiffany, with Paula Prentiss. I co-wrote and co-produced Club Disco and created the character, Angie, at the Lillian and Babs in Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral. I also acted in the wonderful Tennessee Williams play, Rose Tattoo, where I played Bessie. Then revived Bessie again in Tennessee Williams one act Perfect Analysis Given By A Parrot. I also wrote and performed an award winning one-woman show called My Psychotherapy Comeback Tour. It was in the LA Woman’s Festival, New York Fringe Festival, it also won semi-finalist in the Samuel French short play contest. The show went on to the Harold Clurman Theater in New York. I love developing characters. The accomplishment of having the audience connect to my character in some way touches my heart. I love being fearless…
because, I LOVE TO ACT.

In the exciting new genre of Web-series I have had the pleasure of developing some wonderful comedic characters. I created my own series Sylvia Just Sayin’ . Sylvia Utnick my alter ego is an extremely opinionated and outspoken single lady.  Being in the “NOW” is of the utmost importance to her.

In Broke Ass Rich Kids I play Katia, the sassy and sarcastic Russian mother of Sid (Allen Landver), with a handsome young lover (oooh that was fun!)

In Dirty Cops I play Rita a depressed chain-smoking, complaining annoying mother of Jack a New York Cop, played by Michael Friedman. In Firm With Purpose I am Kathy a hovering helicopter smother of a mother.

At present I am working on my upcoming Web Series about Jenee Sebel a homeless psychotherapist who uses unconventional therapeutic modalities that she has brilliantly created.

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