Ellie Moon is an actor, playwright and screenwriter.
Moon is a Dora nominated actor and has appeared in stage productions in Canada with Soulpepper Theatre Company, Crow’s Theatre, The Segal Centre, Nightwood Theatre, and Thousand Islands Playhouse. Moon’s UK stage credits include roles at The Bush Theatre and the Tristan Bates Theatre, off-West end. Moon’s recent onscreen acting work includes Pretty Hard Cases, Murdoch Mysteries, Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, and Adult Adoption, her first feature film (written/starring), which was acquired for distribution in Canada by levelFILM.
Adult Adoption premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival in March 2022. It received excellent reviews with Kat Hughes for The Hollywood News writing: “Moon’s script & performance shine in Karen Knox’s fantastically constructed world. Adult Adoption is well on its way to become this era’s (slightly more grown-up) Juno.” Nico Marrone for The Wee Review, Scotland’s arts & culture magazine: “Simply put, Adult Adoption is incredible.” SpoilerTV described the film as “a quirky, free-spirited triumph” starring “a brilliant Ellie Moon”.
Ellie’s playwrighting debut, Asking For It, premiered in 2017 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 future productions including at Thousand Islands Playhouse, The Corbett Theatre 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).
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).
Ellie’s first two plays are published in a single collection with Talonbooks (Asking For It: and What I Call Her, 2020). Ellie founded the charitable Secret Shakespeare Series, which operated from 2016-2018, included dozens of Canadian artists and raised thousands for Canadian charities.