Ellen Novack

Lecturer in Acting


Ellen Novack has had a long and varied career with one consistent theme: working with and helping actors.  She was a casting director for over 25 years working in TV, film and theatre. She cast productions at the NY Shakespeare Festival, including the original NY productions of Plenty and Mystery of Edwin Drood,  both of which went to Broadway, and Top Girls , Fen and many others, which played at The Public Theater. She directed, co-produced and co-wrote two short films, which were Official Selections at many festivals throughout the country and won several awards. She was Managing Director/Casting Director for CSC (Classic Stage Company) in New York  and was a casting director for the soap operas As the World Turns, Another World and One Life to Live which she went on to produce as well.

Ellen has taught on-camera auditioning at American Conservatory Theatre, The New School, New York University, Rutgers University, Columbia University, and the National Theatre Institute, She’s currently teaching it in New York City and has been teaching On-Camera Acting Technique and Professional Preparation/On-Camera Auditioning for many years at The Juilliard School and the Yale School of Drama. Currently, she is a Talent Consultant for Authentic Talent and Literary Management. To help actors who are new to the business or whose career has hit a wall, she started ActorLaunch, a one-on-one consulting service.

Her book Taming the Cyclops: How to Do Your Best Work in an On-Camera Audition, published by Smith & Kraus, will be released in early 2018.

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