Ellie Smith - Course Director, 2007 Summer School
Ellie Smith is originally from Auckland. She has been an actress for almost 40 years. She trained in acting with Gil Cornwall in Auckland from a very young age and has always been indebted to him for his inspiration and vision. She spent 10 years in London, training in singing and dance and returned to NZ in 1981.
She now lives with her daughter, Madison, in Wellington where she is studying scriptwriting at Victoria University. Ellie trains actors for auditions and holds classes for young aspiring actors and musical theatre students when she has time. She plans to return to full time teaching drama when she has completed her MA, in between writing plays! She continues to sing and act in the theatre when the right jobs come up.