Photo by Marc J. Franklin from Playbill

Photo by Marc J. Franklin from Playbill

Ellie Heyman is a New York City-based theatre director. Her work is best known for its athletic physicality and visually imaginative aesthetic.

Ellie directed The Traveling Imaginary, a theatrical rock show, which was rated in the "top five shows of the year" by NPR and a Time Out  "Critic's Pick" on two continents. 

Ellie is the Co-Artistic Director of The Orbiting Human Circus with Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and co-directs/develops the podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air), featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Tim Robbins, Mandy Patinkin and Charlie Day. It's been downloaded over 2 million times, Rated #1 in iTunes & featured in The New York Times, Wired & The Guardian (Top Podcasts of 2016).

Recent credits include: Jason Craig & Dave Malloy's Beardo (Pipeline Theater) Erin MarkeyBoner Killer (Under the Radar/The Public Theater); Becca Blackwell's They, Themself and Schmerm,(Under the Radar/The Public Theater); Adrienne Truscott's THIS (NYLA). International credits include: Elevation 506 in Bulgaria with Yasen Vasilev and Home/Yuva in Istanbul with Sami Berat Marcali.

Her work has been presented by The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub, New York Theater Workshop, The Kennedy Center, Abrons Art Center, The Bushwick Starr, Banana, Bag & Bodice, La Mama, New World Stages, The Drama League, Big Theater, Boston Center for American Performance, The Laguardia Performing Arts Center, NYLA, En Garde Arts, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Franklin & Marshall College and indie rock clubs across America.

Upcoming projects include: The Fetch by Dane Terry (PS122 Fall 2017). She is a graduate of Northwestern and Boston Universities (MFA), a Drama League Directing Fellow, a Drama League Artist in Residence, and a Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women's Project Theatre.

Resume available upon request.