Ellen Lieberman is the co-founder, and current artistic director of Dandelion Productions. She was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut and is a graduate of New York University. Ellen has an extensive history as a theater director, with a career that spans over three decades in the state of Connecticut. She is the co-founder, along with the late Bertram Garskof, of Dandelion Productions which houses several programs, including the almost 20-year old Connecticut Free Shakespeare. Previously, she directed radio dramas at The Long Wharf Radio Theater, The Shubert Radio Theater, and The New York Museum of Television and Radio. Ellen was also the Artistic Director of National Theater for Education & Arts for the past 20 years, launching tours of educational adaptations of classic literature across the nation, reaching thousands of children of all ages. Other directorial credits include Dandelion’s social issue/educational theater series that covered a wide range of issues from HIV/Aids education & prevention to diversity education and non-violent conflict resolution. Over 600 of these shows have been performed in schools and corporations across the country. This year, Dandelion Productions launched a new initiative, BRIDGE, an applied theater program for change. This spring, Ellen directed an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest that was presented at York Correctional Facility, Permanent Housing Projects in Bridgeport, The Jewish Home for the Elderly and Harding High School. Ellen continues to be an advocate for creating a nurturing environment for artists and audiences, and hopes to find time to continue work on her forthcoming directing book, Choose Joy.