faculty name

Lecturer of Opera
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Ellen Rooney

faculty nameLecturer of Opera

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.F.A. and M.A., Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
B.A., Denison University

Dr. Ellen Rooney teaches Professional Development, Performance and Acting for Pro Model & Talent Agency and the International Model and Talent Association Conference in New York and Los Angeles.

She has been a company member of Women in History in Lakewood since 2002. She writes, develops and performs solo biographical dramas of historical women including: Joan Rivers, Dorothy Fuldheim, Isadora Duncan, Hedda Hopper, Elizabeth Van Lew, Viola Liuzzo and Margret Manor Butler. Serving as grant writer for Women in History, the organization was awarded Project Support 2018 from the Ohio Arts Council.

Rooney has taught professional and academic workshops in Memory Acting & Emotion Scales for various schools and organizations such as International Schools in South Korea (YISS, SIS, Branksome Hall Asia), Wooster College, Cleveland Play House and Broadway2LA Acting Studios.

She holds a Ph.D. in theatre from Bowling Green State University where she researched the neuroscience of human memory and emotion as well as developed acting exercises and techniques. From Tisch School of the Arts, New York University she earned a M.F.A. in dance and M.A. in performance studies. As Vail Arts Scholar at Denison University, she earned a B.A. in dance. Rooney has held academic positions at Bowling Green State University, Cuyahoga Community College and University of Akron. She has presented her research at many academic conference in the U.K. and domestically.

Rooney has served as the artistic director for Berea Grindstone Players; Kurdish Dance Theater under the auspices of the Kurdish Heritage Foundation, Brooklyn, NY; and Ellen Rooney Dance Theater, New York, NY. Some plays directed include: “Inherit the Wind,” “Our Town,” “365 Play/365 Days,” “West Side Story,” “Grease,” “Lettice and Lovage, Oliver!” and “Footloose.” For “Working, the Musical” at Theater West, LA, Rooney won ADA Valley Theater League Awards: Best Director of a Musical and Best Revival of a Musical; Nominations: Best Choreographer of a Musical.

Playwriting credits include “Voices of the Holodomor: Oral Histories of the Ukrainian Genocide” produced at Cleveland Public Theater Leap/Conceive, and Bowling Green State University; “The Battle of Frogs and Mice,” winning Mimi Fest Competition, Acadia Theatre Company, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada; “Raid at Bridgman,” Berea Grindstone Players; and the series of screenplays “In the House of Atreus and Argolis.”

As an actress she worked in many commercials, films, and stages including: “Greg,” “The Bunny’s Mom” for 20th Century Fox Television to “Oedipus The King,” in the first English speaking performance in the ancient theatre of Epidaurus at the International Festival of Epidaurus, Greece.