Bio

Ellie is an actor, playwright and screenwriter.

Ellie is a Dora nominated actor and has worked on productions in Canada at Soulpepper, Segal Centre, Crow’s, Nightwood and Thousand Islands Playhouse and in the UK at The Bush and Tristan Bates Theatre. Her recent onscreen work includes the upcoming Canadian indie feature film, Adult Adoption (for which she also wrote the screenplay), and a pilot for NBC.

Ellie’s playwrighting debut, Asking For It, premiered as both Crow’s and Nightwood’s 2017-18 season opener. It was named one of both Intermission Magazine and NOW Magazine’s “Top 10 Theatre Productions of 2017” and called, “a questing work of art”, “a bracing pleasure…sly, intelligent” (The Globe & Mail) “riveting…essential viewing” (NOW), and “an incredible accomplishment…vital theatre” (Intermission). Asking For It received a UK premiere at The Corbett, and productions at Thousand Islands Playhouse, and in Banff.

Ellie’s second play, What I Call Her, premiered at Crow’s Theatre the following year, in their 2018-19 season. It was called: “Enlightening in it’s agony…something between insufferable and incredible…some serious art…a showcase of noteworthy skill…remarkable…astonishingly real…simple and achingly lovely…the real marvel here might be how good Moon is at getting under our skin. Her writing demands a kind of interpolation” (The Globe & Mail). What I Call Her is currently being developed into a feature film by filmmaker D.W. Waterson.

Ellie’s third play, This Was the World, premiered at Tarragon Theatre in their 2019-20 season. It was called: “sly and often screwy…Moon pulls the rug out from whatever you think the argument is on a regular basis….unforgettable” (The Globe & Mail), “tenacious…electrifying…boldly probes expansive issues” (OnStage Blog) and “Imagining a narrative where lives are simultaneously torn apart and held together by complex intersecting storylines is no small task. Ellie Moon does this in her play This Was the World with the structural and creative finesse of a truly remarkable playwright.” (Bateman Reviews).

A book of Ellie’s plays, Asking For It and other Plays, is forthcoming with Talonbooks, September 2020. She is also acting in and co-writing a digital series with Davin Lengyl (Shaftesbury).

Published Works

Praise for What I Call Her:

"You might call the play something between insufferable and incredible...the way this intensity manipulates our understanding of the material, not to mention how it plays upon our sympathies, is the mark of some serious art."

"The real marvel here might be how good Moon is at getting under our skin. Her writing demands a kind of interpolation, i.e., a projection of one’s self into the conflict."

The Globe and MailMartha Schabas

Praise for Asking For It:
"NNNN...timely, personal and riveting...this play is essential viewing"

NOW MagazineGlenn Sumi

Praise for Asking For It:
"a sly intelligent piece of documentary theatre borne of Ghomeshi gate"

The Globe and MailSimon Houpt