Acting is my passion. I love the creative process. (Proski picture)  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 Los Angeles. I settled in L.A., 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.

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My romance with film is undeniable! I have been lucky to play a variety of characters.   Marvel film VENOM with Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams. I play the hilarious Mrs. Manfredi. The fabulous director Ruben Fleischer was a joy to work with. In THE GOLDEN AGE, I play the female lead Kathryn O’Malley, a broken woman from years of a bad marriage. In PASSAGE, I play a lead, June, a wacky, wine loving hippy grandma directed by Linda Palmer-Cardone. In the short comedy FIRM WITH PURPOSE, I played the lead Kathy, a hovering helicopter smother of a mother, directed by Tia Ayers. These are award-winning films on the festival circuit.


 COME AWAY WITH ME, is an internationally award-winning short drama I directed and played the lead opposite Charlie Robinson. I was in love with the character Anne, who I believe is an everyday hero for having the guts to go after her dream. She inspired me to take more risks in my life. A few more of the films I have worked on are, PROOF SHEET directed by Richard Kilroy, TURNOVER directed by Linda Palmer-Cardone, AMERICA IS STILL THE PLACE, directed by Patrick Gilles, and SWELTER, directed by Keith Palmer starring Alfred Molina. On TREASURE OF THE BLACK JAGUAR. I played Michael Drayer, the lead character’s mother, Mrs. Sheinberg, an overly caring mother who loves her son almost to death. It was written by Cameron Van Hoy and Mike Bruce and Mike Bruce directed it. Throughout my career, I have had the good fortune to work with many gifted actors including, Robert DeNiroAl PacinoTom HardyMichelle WilliamsJames FrancoTed DansonJohn HurtKathy BatesDanny DeVitoDonna Mills and Lainie Kazan to name a few.

Television with its many creative shows and inspiring and interesting characters. Some of the exiting shows I have worked on: THE MORNING SHOW, BETTER THINGS, LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIMES: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS and FRESH OFF THE BOAT.

I recurred on SHAMELESS, as the badass Aunt Randie.! I was Crazy Carol, a homeless schizophrenic on the show SOUTHLAND. I was a regular on THE WHOLE TRUTH. I was the agent in THE JAMES DEAN STORY with James Franco and the landlady in MURDER OF CROWS with Cuba Gooding Jr.

I have been lucky enough to work with such strong directors as Martin ScorseseMimi LederMark RydellPaul SchraderRob Marshall, Allison Anders and Pamela Adlon.    


The theater is a wonderful place to work on your craft, connect with actors and the audience! I wrote, directed, and performed the award-winning one-woman show, MY PSYCHOTHERAPY COMEBACK TOUR. It was in the LA Woman’s FestivalNew York Fringe Festival, it also won semifinalist in the Samuel French short play contest. The show went on to the Harold Clurman Theater in New York. I co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed CLUB DISCO and created the character Angie, at the Lillian Theater. 

 Some of the interesting characters I created are, Ann, John Glover’s private duty nurse, in THE TRAVELER, at the Mark Taper.  Ruthie, in POTROAST at the Actors Gang, was written and directed by Laurel OllsteinShirley, in SIT AND SHIVER, written and directed by Steven Berkoff, at the Odyssey TheaterRosalie, in the play ANGEL SHARE at the Tiffany with Paula Prentiss.  Babs, in GRANDMA SYLVIA’S FUNERALBessie, in THE ROSE TATTOO and the one act PERFECT ANALYSIS GIVEN BY A PARROT by Tennessee Williams. Having the audience connect to my character in some way, really touches my heart.

Some of the award-winning web series I have worked on include: HOTEL DULOONE, for Brat Productions, I play the mischievous Mrs. Moorehouse, directed by Shannon Flynn. LIZA ON DEMAND, working with Liza Koshy the YouTube sensation, directed by Anna Mastro. BROKE ASS RICH KIDS, I play Katia, the sassy and sarcastic Russian mother, written/ directed /acted by Allen Landver.  DIRTY COPS, I play Rita chain smoking, complaining, annoying mother, written/directed/acted by Michael Friedman. BABY BOOMER BUNNIES, I play bunny mother Ellen, written/directed by Jan Reesman. BONED, I play Barbara Silvers dog rescue volunteer, directed by Alison Eastwood.


SYLVIA JUST SAYIN’, I play Sylvia Utnick  an extremely opinionated and outspoken single lady, that I wrote/directed/acted in.  GLOBE TROTTING FROM HOME WITH L.E. SUE I play an L.E Sue the global guru who takes you on a staycation to your dream destination, that I wrote/directed/acted in. HAS ANYBODY SEEN DR. JEANEE SEBEL, is my upcoming web series about the search for a genius homeless psychotherapist, who uses unconventional therapeutic modalities that she has brilliantly created, that I wrote/directed/acted in.


Ellen Gerstein acting roles