Ellie Heyman is a New York City-based theatre director. Her work is best known for its athletic physicality and visually imaginative aesthetic. She is the Director in Residence of Joe's Pub at The Public Theater.
Ellie directed The Traveling Imaginary, a theatrical rock show, rated in the "top five shows of the year" by NPR and a Time Out "Critic's Pick" on two continents with long term collaborator Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel).
Ellie co-directed/developed the narrative podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air), presented by Night Vale Presents. It's been downloaded over 4 million times, rated #1 in Apple Podcasts & featured in The New York Times, Wired, The Telegraph & The Guardian (Top Podcasts of 2016) and features John Cameron Mitchell, Tim Robbins, Mandy Patinkin and Charlie Day.
Recent credits include: Jason Craig & Dave Malloy's Beardo (Drama Desk Award Nomination; Pipeline Theater) Erin Markey: Boner Killer (Under the Radar/The Public Theater); Becca Blackwell's They, Themself and Schmerm (Under the Radar/The Public Theater); Adrienne Truscott's THIS (Bessie Award Nomination for Outstanding Production; NYLA). International credits include: Elevation 506 in Bulgaria with Yasen Vasilev and Home/Yuva in Istanbul with Sami Berat Marcali. Many of these shows are continuing to tour throughout 2017-2019.
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: Boomtown by Dane Terry (PS122 COIL 2018), a stripped-down Jazz underscored A Street Car Named Desire (Ubuntu Theater), and the new Talking Band Show. She is a graduate of Northwestern and Boston Universities (MFA), a Drama League Directing Fellow and Artist in Residence, and a Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women's Project Theatre.
Resume available upon request.