Brodie Bio

ELLEN FAITH BRODIE (BA, MA, MFA), Professor and Director of Theatre

 

In addition to her work as Director of Theatre, Professor Brodie has served as Assistant Chair and Chair of Fine Arts; and as Chair of Performing Arts. Although much of her work as Director of Theatre is the administration and facilitation of the Theatre program, teaching remains the most satisfying aspect of her work whether in the classroom teaching her primary areas of Acting and Directing (including specialized courses in Reader’s Theatre, Children’s Theatre, On-Camera Acting; Musical Theatre; Producing & Directing, and Period Styles) or as a director of shows from classical plays (i.e. Greek, Roman, Shakespeare, Moliere) to contemporary new works.

Professor Brodie began studying visual arts, voice, and acting as a child in NYC (i.e. key student at HB Studios); toured in Children’s Theatre throughout NYC while in high school and college (directors Lawrence Vide, Bernard Barrow, and Wilson Lehr); studied singing with Mezzo Soprano Gertrude Arnold; was an assistant casting director of commercials, soap operas and print ads at J. Walter Thompson and Young and Rubicam in NYC; was the Artistic Director of the Eastern Connecticut Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) which toured Children’s Theatre, Reader’s Theatre, puppetry and musical productions throughout CT; was a founding member of various arts councils and facilitator of arts festivals throughout eastern CT; served on statewide arts- in-education  initiatives; and received numerous grants throughout the years totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. She was a free-lance performer, director, and  teacher  (e.g. at UConn) for several years  before  becoming a full-time faculty member at Eastern in 1988.

Having three degrees in Theatre – BA, MA, MFA – two of which are graduate degrees in directing – Professor Brodie knows the value of an academic arts education but is also fully committed to the exposure and enlightenment for Eastern students and faculty  that is brought about by studying and working with professionals in the field. In fact, she continues to remain current in the field herself and travels regularly to NYC, London, and LA (with and without students). She regularly brings guest artists to Eastern to work with students in the classroom and in master classes and  has developed and offered  what she has deemed the essential three field experiences: The NYC Showcase (established in 1994); The Summer In London Program (established in 1999); and The LA Program (established in 2012).