Ellen Struve is an Omaha-based playwright. Her plays include: Recommended Reading for Girls published by PlayScripts Inc (O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist, GPTC Stage Write Award), Prince Max’s Trewly Awful Trip to the Desolat Interior (selected for the 2015 PlayPenn Playwrights’ Conference, Great Plains Theatre Conference PlayFest Production), EPIC (GPTC PlayFest Production), The Octopus Play (EST/Sloan Commission), “The Dairy Maid-Right” (Mid-America Arts Alliance Artistic Innovation Grant), Untitled Series #7 (Theatre Arts Guild Best Comedy). She is currently under commission with The Rose Theater for a children's play centered on the work of Nebraskan and world-renowned photographer/environmental activist Joel Sartore, founder of National Geographic’s Photo Ark. She is committed to exploring diverse forms of storytelling onstage.
Struve leads Great Plains Theatre Conference’s Young Dramatist wing and is a WhyArts Resident Artist. In this work, she creates storytelling and puppetry workshops for the very young, for senior centers, and collaborative middle school workshops with Omaha Public Library. As a Peer Facilitator for Amplify Arts, she helps Omaha-area artists create and sustain best practices in the field. Struve plays an active role on the board of Shelterbelt Theatre, Omaha's only theatre dedicated to producing original, local work. She served on Omaha Community Playhouse's reading committee and the Artistic Vision committee of Nebraska Shakespeare. She has been guest-artist at Creighton University in Theatre for Social Justice.
Ellen Struve has degrees from University of Iowa and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Struve also has a Masters in Arts Administration degree and is committed to creating a more inclusive and relevant theatre community in her home town of Omaha, Nebraska.