Ellen Apel

Last updated

February 3, 2020


Ellen has been acting since 4 years old, beginning with the title character in Little Red Riding Hood. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has worked with many Twin Cities theatres including Gremlin, The Jungle, Minnesota Jewish Theatre, Torch, Park Square, and Starting Gate. Some of her favorite roles include Nastya in The Lower Depths, Fanny in On the Verge, Ethel Rosenberg in Lovers and Traitors, Agnes in Bright Room Called Day, Lois in Wonder of the World, Regina in The Little Foxes, Lottie in Enchanted April, and Darcy in One Flea Spare.  She was last seen in The Hairy Ape staged reading with Mischief Theater and Waiting in the Wings staged reading with Prime Productions.


Selected Experience:

Park Square Theatre:  The Diary of Anne Frank (Miep), Waltz of the Toreadors (Ghislaine), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Mae), The Cherry Orchard (Anya), The Ghost Sonata (Adele), The Crucible (Mercy); Artistry:  Brighton Beach Memoirs (Kate Jerome); Chameleon Theater Circle:  Macbeth (Lady Macbeth); Commonweal Theatre Company:  The Master Builder (Aline); Frank Theater:  The Good Person of Setzuan (God); Girl Friday Productions:  Street Scene (Emma Jones); Gremlin Theater:  A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer (Sophie Gluck); On the Verge (Fanny), A Doll’s House (Christine Linde); The Guthrie Theatre:  Measure for Measure (jail matron, lady of the evening); Jon Hassler Theater:  Enchanted April (Lottie); The Jungle Theatre:  The Lower Depths (Nastya); Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company:  The Triangle Factory Fire Project (Ethel/Yetta/Rose); Traitors and Lovers (Ethel Rosenberg), The Substance of Fire (Marge), Shalom Alecheim (Defending Angel); Orchard Collective: Twelfth Night (Maria/Antonio); Open Window Theatre: Christmas in Niatirb (various); Mercy Unrelenting (Assunta Gorretti); Sabas JCC:  Letters to Sala (Ann Kirshner); Saint Croix Festival Theater:  Nickel and Dimed (Barbara); SOS Theater: Pop Goes the Noggin (Shirley Jean); Starting Gate Productions:  Little Foxes (Regina); Past the Size of Dreaming (Ellen); Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Mona);  A Lie of the Mind (Sally); Theatre Coup d’Etat:  Equus (Dora Strang); One Flea Spare (Darcy – sited as best dramatic actress by Lavender Magazine); Theater L’Homme Dieu:  Middle Ages (Myra); You Can’t Take it With You (Penny); Theater Unbound: The Clean House (Virginia); Torch Theater:  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Mae); Twenty Percent Theater Company:  After Ashley (Ashley); The Zephyr Theater: Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice Hubbel);.Bald Alice Theatre Company:  Gospel of the Messiah Widow (Lilith, Maria); No Redeeming Social Value (Lily), Snowbound (Helen), Escape from Happiness (Elizabeth), War in Heaven (Angel 2), Action (Shooter), Twist (Christine), Universal Remote (Cindee); Fifty-Foot Penguin Theater Company:  I Married Odin (Fulla), The Quick and the Red (Shirley DeFazio), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Mae), Escape from Happiness (Elizabeth), The Great Americ’n Play (Moxie), 17 Rules of Show Business (Marty);  Ice Age Theatre:  Crossbones (Catherine); Joking Apart Theater:  Communicating Doors (Jessica): Absent Friends (Dianna); New Tradition Theatre Company:  The Heidi Chronicles (Jill, Debbie, Molly, Betsy), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Sarah);  Outward Spiral Theatre Company:  Bright Room Called Day (Agnes), Standing in the Shadows (Emily), Why We Have a Body (Renee); The Refreshment Committee:  Opal (Mrs. Potter – The Mama), The Scarlet Letter (Sarah), It’s a Wonderful Life (Josie the Head Angel), The Long Christmas Dinner (Lucia 1 & 2).



      B.F.A. Professional Theatre Training:  Southern Methodist University
      Circle in the Square Theatre - Summer Workshop
      Acting:  Terese Hayden, Jacqueline Brooks, Dale Moffitt, Gail Cronauer, Bob Murray
      Voice and Speech:  Margaret Loft, Elizabeth Moulton
      Shakespeare:  John Hirsch, Timothy Oman, Patsy Rodenburgh, Cecily Berry, Brigid Lamour, Julia Carey
      Alexander, Movement:  Moni Yakim, Jim Hancock, Patrice Egleston



      Stage combat and weaponry, competitive fencing, improv, Tai Chi Chuan, rollerblading, flat head tricks, classical piano, recorder
      Dialects:  British, Southern, Irish, Brooklynese, Russian, French             
     *Acknowledgements:  Best Classical Actress, One Flea Spare, Lavendar Magazine; Best Dramatic Actress, Desdemona: Play about a Handkerchief, Lavendar Magazine

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