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Ellen Mandel

Ellen Mandel

Biography

Ellen Mandel has created music for over eighty plays: As resident composer for the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble’s Death of Ivan Ilyich, Medea (NYITA nom Best Music/Sound design), Don Juan in Hell (NYITA Best Revival), Judas, Tartuffe, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Gambler and Agamemnon Home; also New Yiddish Rep’s Death of a Salesman (Drama Desk nom Best Revival), Antaeus (Scenie Award: music: Top Girls), Peterborough Players (nom Best Music and Musical Director) Jean Cocteau Rep Resident Composer, Mint, Arkansas Rep, Asolo.

Ellen has composed many songs to poems by E.E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Mew, and her own lyrics, and performed them at NYC’s Tribeca New Music Festival, St Mark’s Church, Klavierhaus, Century Center, Sirena Poetry Festival (PA), In-Series in (Wash DC), Florio Street Concerts (CA), Peterborough Players (NH), New Gallery Concert Series (Boston), and in Ireland, Scotland, and England. Singers from all over the United States and Canada, and in Europe, perform her songs, and the Royal Conservatory, Toronto, and Trinity College, London, have published them. New York Times raves: “Mandel’s songs are ardent and spiky…refreshingly organic,” and as a theatre composer she is “worth her weight in gold.”

Ellen has produced five song CDs: a wind has blown the rain away, the first of all my dreams, There Was a World, The Cat and the Moon, and I So Liked Spring, and Every Play’s an Opera, theatre music. Dizzy Gillespie called her a “Wonderful musician.” ellenmandel.com

Professional Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Boston/New England

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Songwriter
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Sound Designer/Composer

My Instruments

  • Piano

Affiliations

  • ASCAP

Pronouns

  • She/Her