I have to do everything before I can sit down and write. Once I do get the ball rolling, it flows and is very exciting.

Watch Ellen on Phil Giangrande’s show Seated at the Writers Table where she discusses her process and passion for writing

Watch a clip (1:21): Seated At The Writers Table Listen to the entire pod cast click: Pod Cast Seated At The Writers Table

Watch a clip (1:21): Seated At The Writers Table | Listen to the entire pod cast click: Pod Cast Seated At The Writers Table

CookieFace, a feature comedy about an actress, (Ok, a boutique sale girl), who on her 40th birthday realizes she is broke, single and her best friend has the career she wants, which leaves her with the decision to give up on life or change it. This was adapted from a one act play, produced by the LA Women’s Theater and performed in the WIF’s scene night.

Just South Of Normal, is a half-hour dramedy series which centers around two men on the autism spectrum, who together take on the world. As they encounter people and experiences, you may ask, who and what is “normal”? In the vein of The Odd Couple. It is a vary honest, heartfelt and look at life.

Waiting for Ronald is an international award winning short film, shot on 35mm, that I wrote, produced and directed. The film is about a 37 year old man with developmental disabilities who finally leaves the institution where he has spent most of his life. He takes his suitcase, his fears and humor to meet his best friend and start a new life. Jody Clark, who has developmental disabilities, played the lead, Ronald. Michael Luckerman, who is not disabled, but plays a disabled character, plays his best friend Edgar. These two actors where sensational and had an incredible relationship.  To View The Trailer Click Here (20min)

Come Away With Me (To view the trailer click here) international award winning short film, that I adapted from the play, A Couple of Horses Asses by David Field. It’s about an interracial couple who were sweethearts in the 60’s. The woman goes to her high school reunion in hopes of re-kindling her romance with the love of her life. The film has been in over 30 film festivals and has won more than 15 awards.  I play Anne and was so fortunate to have the very talented Charlie Robinson play Michael. I am also proud to have directed it and wrote the title song ‘Come Away With Me Tonight’.

My Psychotherapy Comeback Tour is an award winning one-woman show that I wrote and performed. This is a hilarious and very touching tour de force reliving the life story of a brilliant, successful, Beverly Hills psychotherapist. How she deals with society’s pressures to succeed, her fall from grace, her climb back up, or rather, her struggle to get to the middle. It is quite incredible to find a psychotherapist who is far more fragile than her patients, but miraculously, can still help them. Jeannee Sebel, the psychotherapist, takes us on a roller coaster ride as she discovers herself and the real meaning of success. She shows us what a thin line there is between sanity and insanity in all of us, through her group therapy session with the audience. This show was conceived when I worked as a social worker for the department of social services in New York and as a psychotherapist at a psychiatric clinic in Los Angeles. – It was a semi-finalist in the Samuel French Playwright’s Festival and was chosen to play at the Harold Clurman Theater in New York. It was also chosen for the LA Woman’s Festival and the NY Fringe Festival. Has Anyone Seen Dr. Jeannee Sebel is a short screenplay adapted from Ellen’s award winning one woman show, My Psychotherapy Comeback Tour, an official selection for Hollyshorts Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.

Club Disco was an interactive play that ran for nine months in Los Angeles to rave reviews. I co-wrote, co-produced and also created the character of Angie. This entertaining play took place at Nick’s Disco in Bensonhurst Brooklyn in 1977. It involved dance contests, fashion shows, pizza, and drinks, even a wet t-shirt contest. The audience loved being a part of it, it was nothing but fun.

Silent Laughter is a half hour short film from the Women’s Directing Workshop at AFI.  This film is about a stand-up comic who picks on the wrong audience member. Unbeknownst to her, she befriends that very person and ends up fighting for her life. I wrote, co-produced and played the stand-up.

Custody of Connie, a feature script, is a look at the “so called” disabled teaching the “so called” abled; how to live life. One ex-sister-in-law unwillingly is given custody of her developmentally disabled ex-sister-in-law and through that relationship learns what life is really about. Who’s teaching who, and what is important.

Globe Trotting From Home, is a very funny sizzle reel I wrote, directed and acted in for a travel show I am developing. The show is about L.E Sue’s travels around the world…not once leaving her home! This is unique, entertaining show for people who are unable to travel, but would like to think they have.

Globetrotting From Home with L.E Sue
(click to watch sizzle reel)

Bruno and Yetta, is a treatment for an animated feature, about an unlikely pair of pooches, who’s journey shows how young and old can learn from each other and that families form in miraculous ways.

Aunt Loretta, is a treatment for a TV movie about open adoption. The story explains what having a family really means, and that it isn’t always a mother and father. This is a piercing look at a single woman who must deal with her fear and guilt about giving up a child so she can go on with her life and start her own family

Writer

I have to do everything before I can sit down and write. Once I do get the ball rolling, it flows and is very exciting.

Watch Ellen on Phil Giangrande’s show Seated at the Writers Table where she discusses her process and passion for writing

Watch a clip (1:21): Seated At The Writers Table Listen to the entire pod cast click: Pod Cast Seated At The Writers Table

Watch a clip (1:21): Seated At The Writers Table | Listen to the entire pod cast click: Pod Cast Seated At The Writers Table

CookieFace, a feature comedy about an actress, (Ok, a boutique sale girl), who on her 40th birthday realizes she is broke, single and her best friend has the career she wants, which leaves her with the decision to give up on life or change it. This was adapted from a one act play, produced by the LA Women’s Theater and performed in the WIF’s scene night.

Just South Of Normal, is a half-hour dramedy series which centers around two men on the autism spectrum, who together take on the world. As they encounter people and experiences, you may ask, who and what is “normal”? In the vein of The Odd Couple. It is a vary honest, heartfelt and look at life.

Waiting for Ronald is an international award winning short film, shot on 35mm, that I wrote, produced and directed. The film is about a 37 year old man with developmental disabilities who finally leaves the institution where he has spent most of his life. He takes his suitcase, his fears and humor to meet his best friend and start a new life. Jody Clark, who has developmental disabilities, played the lead, Ronald. Michael Luckerman, who is not disabled, but plays a disabled character, plays his best friend Edgar. These two actors where sensational and had an incredible relationship.  To View The Trailer Click Here (20min)

Come Away With Me (To view the trailer click here) international award winning short film, that I adapted from the play, A Couple of Horses Asses by David Field. It’s about an interracial couple who were sweethearts in the 60’s. The woman goes to her high school reunion in hopes of re-kindling her romance with the love of her life. The film has been in over 30 film festivals and has won more than 15 awards.  I play Anne and was so fortunate to have the very talented Charlie Robinson play Michael. I am also proud to have directed it and wrote the title song ‘Come Away With Me Tonight’.

My Psychotherapy Comeback Tour is an award winning one-woman show that I wrote and performed. This is a hilarious and very touching tour de force reliving the life story of a brilliant, successful, Beverly Hills psychotherapist. How she deals with society’s pressures to succeed, her fall from grace, her climb back up, or rather, her struggle to get to the middle. It is quite incredible to find a psychotherapist who is far more fragile than her patients, but miraculously, can still help them. Jeannee Sebel, the psychotherapist, takes us on a roller coaster ride as she discovers herself and the real meaning of success. She shows us what a thin line there is between sanity and insanity in all of us, through her group therapy session with the audience. This show was conceived when I worked as a social worker for the department of social services in New York and as a psychotherapist at a psychiatric clinic in Los Angeles. – It was a semi-finalist in the Samuel French Playwright’s Festival and was chosen to play at the Harold Clurman Theater in New York. It was also chosen for the LA Woman’s Festival and the NY Fringe Festival. Has Anyone Seen Dr. Jeannee Sebel is a short screenplay adapted from Ellen’s award winning one woman show, My Psychotherapy Comeback Tour, an official selection for Hollyshorts Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.

Club Disco was an interactive play that ran for nine months in Los Angeles to rave reviews. I co-wrote, co-produced and also created the character of Angie. This entertaining play took place at Nick’s Disco in Bensonhurst Brooklyn in 1977. It involved dance contests, fashion shows, pizza, and drinks, even a wet t-shirt contest. The audience loved being a part of it, it was nothing but fun.

Silent Laughter is a half hour short film from the Women’s Directing Workshop at AFI.  This film is about a stand-up comic who picks on the wrong audience member. Unbeknownst to her, she befriends that very person and ends up fighting for her life. I wrote, co-produced and played the stand-up.

Custody of Connie, a feature script, is a look at the “so called” disabled teaching the “so called” abled; how to live life. One ex-sister-in-law unwillingly is given custody of her developmentally disabled ex-sister-in-law and through that relationship learns what life is really about. Who’s teaching who, and what is important.

Globe Trotting From Home, is a very funny sizzle reel I wrote, directed and acted in for a travel show I am developing. The show is about L.E Sue’s travels around the world…not once leaving her home! This is unique, entertaining show for people who are unable to travel, but would like to think they have.

Globetrotting From Home with L.E Sue
(click to watch sizzle reel)

Bruno and Yetta, is a treatment for an animated feature, about an unlikely pair of pooches, who’s journey shows how young and old can learn from each other and that families form in miraculous ways.

Aunt Loretta, is a treatment for a TV movie about open adoption. The story explains what having a family really means, and that it isn’t always a mother and father. This is a piercing look at a single woman who must deal with her fear and guilt about giving up a child so she can go on with her life and start her own family