MUSICAL DIRECTOR/CANTOR AND CO-FOUNDER
From the beginning, Ellen Gould's
mission as Musical Director/Cantor has been to make the New Shul
a singing community.
"We don't have a choir, we are the choir."
, "I don't need the attention of a solo singer -- I've been a performing professional for most of my life.
My goal is to share with the community the joy of full-throated and full-hearted expression of the spirit that can only come through the use of its own voice."
In the world of theater, Ellen
is best known for her
double Emmy award-winning musical "Bubbe Meises, Bubbe Stories.
many other performance credits include leading roles in productions from Lincoln Center to The Public Theatre, as well as featured roles on HBO, PBS-TV, and NPR.
writing credits include "Confessions Of A Reformed Romantic," "Seeing Stars," "The Glass House," and "Blessed is the Match" -- all of which received New York productions.
Following the Off-Broadway run and national tour of "Bubbe Meises," Ellen
continued to perform the show for Jewish organizations and synagogues throughout the U.S.
This experience renewed her
interest in Jewish communal life.
It also raised the question -- "why can't modern ritual be as transformative as theatre?
In 1999, Ellen co-founded The New Shul (with long-time friend and musical collaborator Holly Gewandter) where she continues to work on the answer.
A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Ellen is a graduate of Brandeis University, has an MFA in Acting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes fellowship in ethnomusicology.