Jo Ellen (she/her) is an Ohio born, Brooklyn based actor and writer. Her breakout role as Emma in Netflix's The Prom, directed by Ryan Murphy, earned her the Hollywood Critic's Association's Rising Star Award and the Breaking Big Award from SCAD Savannah Film Festival. Next up, she'll be costarring in Shruti Ganguly's feature directorial debut, Tripped Up. 


In 2021, she was awarded the Point Foundation's Horizon Award, which recognizes young individuals who have taken on leadership roles as advocates for the future of the LGBTQ community.


She's a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BFA in musical theatre and a minor in creative writing. She has also studied Shakespeare at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts. She's a proud Cincinnati, OH native. 

Jo Ellen lives in Brooklyn :)


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Stefan Ruiz for Vogue, 2020