Ellen Houlihan


Empowering the Underdog


Ellen Houlihan is an Emmy-winning and Clio-nominated comedy writer and director focused on empowering the underdog. Her work has been recognized by Free The Bid, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, The AICP, Cannes Lions, The One Club for Creativity and Shoot Magazine's New Directors Search. She has directed Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated talent, as well as recognizable talent from top film, TV and commercial campaigns.

Directing highlights to date include debuting her graduate thesis film Joan’s Day Out starring Oscar-nominated actress Sally Kellerman (Robert Altman's M*A*S*H) and Hulu Casual star Tara Lynne Barr at film festivals across the globe and highlighting the LGBTQ suicide crisis in a hard-hitting PSA starring standup comic Todd Glass which went viral. She is currently promoting a branded documentary short film about a female race car driver striving to make it in NASCAR which can now be found on Upworthy.

She is available and open for freelance and staff opportunities in Los Angeles where she is based, as well as in New York where she grew up. She is currently seeking representation.