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King, Ellie


Ellie King is an award winning theatre professional who was born and raised in England where she studied dance and drama, gaining qualifications from RAD, ISTD, BBO, LAMDA and the Poetry Society. She is a writer, actor, director, choreographer, set-designer, graphic artist and teacher. Immigrating to Canada in 1982 she has built an extensive Canadian resume of acting, directing, writing and producing while at the same time sharing her extensive knowledge and experience through both teaching and mentorship. On stage she is perhaps best known for her signature role ‘Shirley’ in ‘Shirley Valentine’; she also works in TV & film, both live action and voicing animation – most notably in the ‘Barbie’ movies. Her directing credits are many and varied and she is known for her wide range of expertise, from her fine touch with comedy to her ability to scare an audience witless with a heart-pounding thriller, and is recognised for her ability to bring great performances out of even inexperienced actors. Also known as the ‘Queen of Panto’ she works to preserve this most entertaining of theatrical genres. Ellie was the Founding Artistic Director of the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre and is now Managing Artistic Director of the Royal Canadian Theatre Company.  Recent awards include Business Woman of the Year – Leadership in 2012 and the prestigious lifetime Civic Treasures Award in 2013.

Professional Role(s): 
Artistic Director