Eleanor Reissa is a woman of many talents – in English and Yiddish. Most recently she directed and choreographed THE THREEPENNY OPERA at Colgate University. Before that she had just returned from Israel where she directed and choreographed Mike Burstyn in HERSHELE OSTROPOLYER, which she also adapted. HERSHELE was nominated for the Israeli Theatre Prize, a first for a Yiddish show. On Broadway she garnered a Tony Nomination for direction of the musical THOSE WERE THE DAYS, which she also choreographed and starred in. From 1998 -2004 she was Artistic Director of the Folksbiene Theatre. Her off-Broadway direction includes: COWGIRLS (Outer Critics nomination); ECHOES OF THE WAR with Frances Sternhagen – Mint Theater (directed five plays, including SOLDIER’S WIFE – Drama Desk nomination). As an actor she has performed often on Broadway and off, including the title role in YENTL. As a playwright: THE LAST SURVIVOR premiered in Northlight Theatre in Chicago. She was the winner of the Dorothy Silver Prize for her play WISHFUL THINKING and a finalist for Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. On film she appeared in TROPHY KIDS; CALLING IT QUITS; and A STRANGER AMONG US, directed by Sidney Lumet. She has performed her one woman show ELEANOR REISSA SINGS ENGLISH – Metropolitan Room; HIP HEYMISH AND HOT in NYC/national tour. She has acted, directed, and sung all over the world. Eleanor is the daughter of holocaust survivors.