Ellen Gould (writer/performer) is best known for her one-woman show Bubbe Meises, Bubbe Stories, which opened to critical acclaim at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City. The made-for-television version of Bubbe Meises, which aired on PBS-TV, won Ellen two Emmys for her work as both writer and performer. Bubbe Meises has been translated into German and received major productions in both Munich and Vienna. She continues to perform the show throughout the United States.
Ellen’s many other acting credits include principal roles in productions at the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater as well as on PBS and HBO.
Among her other writer/performer credits are the musicals Confessions of a Reformed Romantic (South Street Theater/Theater Row/NYC), Seeing Stars (commissioned by The Lighthouse and produced at The Lighthouse International Theater and The Waldorf Astoria Ballroom), The Glass House (The Florence Gould Theater/NYC and Northlight Theater/Chicago), Blessed is the Match (92nd Street Y/NYC) and The Last Checker (The Players/NYC). She is currently working on an expanded version of her musical, Seeing Stars (with input and support from WSRC scholar, Stephanie Wasserman).
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Ellen is a graduate of Brandeis University, has an MFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes fellowship in ethnomusicology. She is the Co-Founder and Musical Director of The New Shul - a progressive, egalitarian, non-denominational synagogue for artists and lovers of the arts in lower Manhattan. Ellen lives in New York City with her husband, Daniel Ray, a former executive with MSA, an international market research company and now the keyboard player with The Raytones - a blues/jazz band that performs in and around NYC.