Ellen Novack

Lecturer in Acting


Ellen Novack began her career as an actress and then moved into casting, working for five years with Joe Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival, where she cast over 25 major projects. She has been casting director for a few daytime dramas including One Life To Live, for which she won two Artios Awards for Best Soap Casting. She cast the show for four years and produced it for three.

Ellen ran her own casting office, where she cast TV pilots, independent films and worked for many of the larger regional theatres in the country. She was also the Managing Director of the Classic Stage Company.

She teaches Film Acting and Professional Preparation at the Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School, and The New School, and teaches and coaches privately. She's the co-founder of ActorLaunch, a consultation service for actors in New York and Los Angeles.

She directed, co-produced and co-wrote her first short film, Psychoanalysis Changed My Life, which was shown at 11 festivals around the country and in Canada, receiving an Audience Award and a Screenplay Award, as well as a Finishing Grant from Women in Film and Television. It ran on the Independent Film Channel for three years. She has just completed her second short film, The Getaway.

Ellen has a BA from Brandeis University in English & American Literature and is a member of NY Women in Film and Television and the Independent Feature Project.