Ellen Brodsky began filmmaking in 1995 after a 10-year career in education, public health, and theater. She directed two award-winning shorts, and co-directed another, all of which played in festivals internationally. Her most recent short, What do you know? Six to twelve year olds talk about Gays and Lesbians, was filmed in Alabama and Massachusetts and released by the Human Rights Campaign and its Welcoming Schools program in 2011.
In 2008, she worked as the media consultant for the LEF Foundation’s Moving Image Fund. In 1998, she produced a short film for the Massachusetts Department of Education, Comprehensive School Health with participation from the U.S. Surgeon General.
Currently, Brodsky is in production on OUT Youth Theater Film Project, a documentary based on the award-winning program called “True Colors: Out Youth Theater” whose work is grounded in the belief that the power of OUTness —being real with yourself about who you are and choosing to share your true self with people you care about—may be the LGBT community’s greatest cultural contribution to the world.
Outside of film, Brodsky has led a national training center on HIV prevention for the Centers for Disease Control, directed sexuality education programs in over 40 school districts, trained school employees with the Massachusetts Department of Education program on Safe Schools for Gay and Lesbian Students, taught English in the Congo with the Peace Corps, and continues to serve as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University and the Extension school for classes on creativity, sexuality and positive psychology.
In theater, Brodsky served as a founding board member of The Theater Offensive, Interim Executive Director of the Living with Aids Theater Company, Marketing and Press Director for the Wilma Theater, and recently director of an all-female youth production of “Twelve Angry Women.”
Brodsky has a BA in religion from Haverford College and a Masters in the Management of Human Services from Brandeis University’s Heller School. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and their two teenage daughters.