Ellen Margolis lives in Portland, Oregon, where she serves as Chair of Theatre & Dance at Pacific University. Her plays, which have been produced throughout the United States, include Picking Up the Baby, Late, American Soil, and the award-winning How to Draw Mystical Creatures. She is a founding member of Playwrights West, Portland's new-work theatre. Her most recent plays are Trying Not to Stare, workshopped at Portland Theatre Works; and When It Stands Still, written for Toy Box Theatre of Manhattan. Excerpts from her plays can be seen in the Audition Arsenal series, published by Smith & Kraus. She works professionally as a director, dialect coach, and voiceover artist, and is the mother of two very noisy boys.