Ellen McLaughlin is an award-winning playwright and actor. Her plays include Tongue of a Bird, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Trojan Women, Infinity’s House, Helen, The Persians, Oedipus, Ajax in Iraq, Kissing the Floor and Penelope. Her work has been performed in New York Off-Broadway and regionally as well as overseas. Producers include The Public Theater, National Actors’ Theater, Classic Stage Co., New York Theater Workshop, The Guthrie, The Intiman, The Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and The Almeida Theater in London. Among her honors are the Susan Blackburn Prize and the Lila Wallace—Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award.
She has taught playwrighting at Barnard College since 1995. Other teaching posts include A Room of Her Own (Ghost Ranch, NM), Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, Princeton University and Yale School of Drama. As an actor, she is most well known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, appearing in all workshops and productions of the play through its Broadway run in 1993-94.