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I started as a social worker in New York, it fueled my passion and sense of humanity.
After many years in therapy, and I mean many, I knew what I had to do, Disappoint my mother and become an actor. As if being an actor wasnât punishing enough, I decided to be a filmmaker. Acting and filmmaking are my heart and passion!
ACTOR (Reel ) As an actor I have worked with some incredible talent in Film, TV and theater. I studied with Lee Strasberg for acting and Stella Adler for script analysis. I am a lifetime member and audition judge the recipient of the prestigious Robert Proski Character Actor Award.
WRITER I write film, television, theater, shows, poems, I even wrote a song for one of my films. I canât stop writing! Love of life inspires me to write dramedy about real life that make you laugh and cry.
DIRECTOR (Director video from the top of the directors page)
I am proud to be the director of two international award winning short films,Â Waiting For RonaldÂ andÂ Come Away With Me as well as my award winning one-women show, My Psychotherapy Comeback Tour.
LATEST FROM LULU PRODUCTIONS
Under the banner of Lulu Productions my projects have included film, documentaries, theater, web series, and music videos. My latest projects are a pilot, Just South of Normal, the features Cookieface, Big Al, HipHop and Her, Custody of Connie, Web series, Globetrotting from Home With L.E Sue and Has Anyone Seen Dr. Jeannee Sebel.
Sylviaâs Just Sayinâ, a comedy web series. Iâm Sylvia Utnik, an extremely opinionated and outspoken single lady. Being in the âNOWâ is of the utmost importance to me. Iâm a wonderful, inspiring feisty character who combats ageism. Iâm an action hero! Youâll laugh your tushie off watching me. Iâm all about âGossipinââ¦ Gabbinââ¦ Gigglinâ and Gettinâ Real!â
I wanted to share my love of acting so I developed the Ellen Gerstein Acting Workshop, for over 25 years the workshop has had great success with both adults and children.