Ellen Margolis


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Associate Professor of Theater

Dr. Margolis’s research areas include theatre pedagogy and the theory and history of acting. Her current project, which she is co-editing with Lissa Tyler Renaud, is a book entitled The Politics of American Actor Training.

Dr. Margolis is an award-winning actor and playwright. Her plays, which have been produced throughout the United States, include How to Draw Mystical Creatures, Picking Up the Baby, Late, American Soil, and A Little Chatter, which is forthcoming in a collection of baseball plays from Playscripts, Inc.

As a playwright, she has received commissions from Mile Square Theatre and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She is a member of PlayGroup, Portland Center Stage’s professional playwrights' circle, and of the Dramatists Guild. Excerpts from her plays can be seen in the Audition Arsenal series, published by Smith & Kraus, and she is editor of Singular Voices, a book of monologues from the International Centre for Women Playwrights.

She continues to work professionally as a director, dialect coach, and voiceover artist. Her former students have gone on to work on and off Broadway, in television and film, in regional theatre, and in national tours; to manage theatre companies; and to teach.