Spotlight on Ellen

Ellen Winter HeadshotEllen Winter is a Brooklyn-based composer, music director, and performer and has joined the Beardo team as music assistant. She writes, arranges, and sings with Chamber Band, an indie-nerd-rock group who premiered music from their upcoming time-travel album Governor’s Square in ANT Fest 2016. As a music director and performer, she has developed new works with composers such as César Alvarez (Universe is a Small Hat, SLC; The Elementary Spacetime Show, Philly Fringe; NOISE, PHTS) and Heather Christian (Annie Salem, Polyphone). She is a company member of both the Electric Eye Ensemble and Daughters of Elysium. Learn more about Ellen in our interview below, and grab your Beardo tickets today!

Pipeline Theatre Company: What attracted you to Beardo? What made you want to work on this project?

Ellen Winter: When approached to be a part of this project, the badass team of groundbreaking artists supported by the radical Pipeline Theatre Company was enough to hook me. Then when I read it and listened to it, I remember thinking 1) this is totally ridiculous and 2) this is exactly the kind of art that needs to happen right now. I wanted to be a part of that.

PTC: You’re on the music team. What made you first pick this area to specialize?

EW: Even beyond the lyrics, music provides a method of storytelling we can physically feel and internalize. 

PTC: If you ruled the world, what would you be remembered for?

EW: My many lists of many things. 

PTC: Why should someone who has no connection to this show or its artists come see the show?

EW: Beardo is a glimpse into a world that at first glance seems vastly different until you notice the eerie parallels to our own. Also the music sounds like Tchaikovsky jamming with Gogol Bordello.

PTC: If you could create a promotional tagline for this show, what would it be?

VD: You didn’t invite him to dinner, but he’s staying for dessert.