Ellie McBride made her way from Chicago to Los Angeles to Austin, where she has lived, raised a family, and established a professional and theatrical career. In Spring 2002, she was invited by the dirigo group to become an Artistic Company Member, and then a Co-Producing Artistic Director in Winter 2003. She is also an artistic member of Rude Mechanicals.
In addition to her performance as The Mother of the Teenage Cypberpunk Seperatist Wannabe in Human Interest Story and Abby in The Mercy Seat and Cindy in The Gypsy Chain for the dirigo group, her local stage performances include "Y" in 300 Plays about Vladamir Putin and The Neighbor in Cherrywood (Rude Mechs), Heron in The Butcher’s Daughter for Refraction Arts, various roles in Cyndi Williams’ Flawed (Refraction Arts), Calpernia in Julius Caesar and Various roles in Will Power (Austin Shakespeare Festival), Clytemnestra in Agamemnon and Allegra in Terrance McNally’s Noon (Different Stages), Dasha in Terezin (UT New Works Festival), Finnwoman in The Snow Queen (Second Youth), and Manuela in Baruch of Amsterdam (Rare Creations).
Ellie's directing credits include The Jinn by Kirk Lynn for the dirigo group in 2005, Minus Tide (Rude Mechs/Bayou Radio 2006), For This I Went to Art School by Joy Klein, Frontera Fest 2003), Fireweed by Kim Burke (Frontera Fest 2003), Like Mother Used to Make (adapted from the Shirley Jackson short story by Co-Artistic Director Lowell Bartholomee, Frontera Fest 2002, where it was chosen as Best of the Week), Exit 304 for Renaissance Austin Theatre, several pieces for the Austin Script Works’ Ten-Minute Play Festivals Liquid Princesses, Sitting Room Only and Of Superhero's and Seductions, and staged readings for Austin Script Works, Austin Shakespeare Festival and Hyde Park Theater.
Ellie's favorite productions have been her daughters, Jazz and Morgan.