Ellen is an arts educator, producer, director, and actress. She is a theater educator for Franklin Township school district, where she has instructed at the elementary and middle school levels, and is currently the drama teacher at Franklin High School. Ms. Beattie has been a member of Pushcart Players since 1995, serving first as an actor, then as director of programs and services. She is currently president of the board of directors and serves as the education program advisor. Her volunteer work with Pushcart includes that of board and committee member, teaching artist, marketer, costume coordinator, casting associate, and advocate.
In addition to her career in public education, Ms. Beattie was the Education Director of Luna Stage Company (Montclair, NJ), the co-founder of Running Rabbit Family Theater (a theater for family audiences and recipient of a Citation of Excellence from NJ State Council on the Arts), and served as the artistic director of A Kids Forum in Metuchen, NJ.
As an actress Ellen appeared off-Broadway and in national tours, regional theater, summer stock, film, and television, and worked as a casting director. She is happy to bring her well-rounded theater background to Pushcart Players!