Ellen originated the lead role of Jemima Potts in the Broadway production
of the Tony-nominated musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (directed by
Adrian Noble and co-starring Raul Esparza and Philip Bosco). In dream-
come-true fashion, she was chosen for the coveted role from among 3000
young hopefuls at an open casting call and, at the age of ten, moved to
New York City, where she would also appear as Katarina in director Des
McAnuff’s NY staged reading of the musical Zhivago.
Prior to Broadway, the Texas native was seen in regional theatre
productions of Grease (as Sandy), Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat and The Wizard of Oz.
In addition to making numerous public singing appearances in support of
Chitty (including The Today Show), Ellen has performed the National
Anthem at various sporting events in Texas and New York . On film, she
played the young Fiona in Quid Pro Quo (directed by Carlos Brooks,
starring Vera Farmigia, Nick Stahl and Kate Burton), which debuted to
acclaim at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Now at age 15, Ellen has relocated to Burbank, California where she
continues to develop her career in film, television, theater and music.
Recently she filmed a Jerry Bruckheimer produced pilot for the ABC
Ellen’s first love is music and she appreciates a wide range of styles from
hip-hop and hard rock to Broadway show tunes. In her spare time, Ellen
enjoys spending time with her older brother J.R. and visiting family, friends
and her beloved golden retriever Rudy back in Texas.