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Jo Ellen (she/her) is a Brooklyn based actor and writer. Her breakout role as Emma in The Prom (Netflix), 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. She can also be seen on 1923 (Paramount+), The Deuce (HBO), and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon).

Her writing and producing work has been supported by NYSCA, the YoungArts Foundation and ArtsKC. She was awarded the Point Foundation’s Horizon Award for her advocacy work for the LGBTQ+ youth community.

She will make her Off-Broadway debut in WHITE ROSE: THE MUSICAL in winter 2024. 


Jo Ellen studied musical theater and creative writing at the University of Michigan, as well as Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She's a proud Cincinnati, OH native. 


who is she??

Stefan Ruiz for Vogue, 2020

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