Ellen Winter wants to hug you but she can’t so how about she sings you some songs instead


Composed, Performed & Co-Produced by ELLEN WINTER

Directed & Co-Produced by MACHEL ROSS

Set Design & Camera Operation by SIMON BAN


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Originally Premiered: April 23, 2021 

Run Time: 42 minutes





Photo by Alison Grasso + Colin Miller


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ELLEN WINTER (she/they) is a composer, performer and teaching artist with roots in theater and an affinity for synthesizers. She released her debut album in 2020 titled, Every Feeling I’ve Ever Felt, a ten-track glitter-fueled indie-pop celebration of self-acceptance and actualization. In 2017, she and her collaborator, Chris Littler, co-wrote/directed/composed the world’s first broadway-calibur podcast musical, 36 Questions, starring Jonathan Groff and Jesse Shelton. And since 2012, she’s belted and written songs with Chamber Band, a nerd-rock group who have three albums and national tours under their belts. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, MTV News, Marie Claire and Playbill and she’s had residencies with Ars Nova, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and BarnArts Collective. Ellen is also a recipient of the 2021 Bryan Gallace/Posthumous Prodigy Productions Fellowship. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, her dog and 80+ plants. @itsellenwinter | ellenwinter.com

MACHEL ROSS is a Dominican American director and creative collaborator based in NYC who specializes in the development of new work and aesthetic world building. She’s developed work with Aziza Barnes (NANA), PigPen Theatre Company (Phantom Folktales), Ellen Winter (This House Is your Home), and directed the world premiere of Jeremy O. Harris’ Black Exhibition at the Bushwick Starr. She’s worked as an associate for Lileana Blain Cruz (Marys Seacole, The House that Will not Stand), Drew McOnie (King Kong), Lila Neugabauer (Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie, The Antipodes, The Wolves) and Annie Baker. Machel is a 2020 Sundance Theater Lab fellow, as well as a 2019 grant recipient of the Women’s Fund for Film, TV and Theater for her short film Signs He Made at Home. Her short premiered this year at the 2021 Slam Dance Film Festival. BFA-NYU Playwrights Horizons Theater.


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