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beloved houseplants, with inventive names like "Aloe" and "Vera"

years running a monthly 'salon' for women entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry

continents visited (see you soon, Antarctica?)

international redhead conventions spoken at

skydiving jump (successfully) attempted

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Elisabeth Ness is an award-winning actor and creator.

The                        has been honored as one of Take the Lead’s “50 Women Can Change the World in Media & Entertainment”, and her acting work has been called "especially funny" (NY Times), "razor-sharp" (Washington Post), and "hilarious" (Times Herald-Record, Catskill Chronicle).

Onscreen, she has played characters in Bull (CBS), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), Daredevil (Netflix/Disney+), FBI (CBS), Emma and the Squares ('Best Lead Actress' win, Manhattan Rep's Stories Film Fest), Trigger ('Best Actress' nom, SSIFFF), Going Public (Soho International FF), and En Route ('Best Lead Actress' nom, Blackbird Film Fest). In Netflix's feature Like Father, she shot a scene opposite Kelsey Grammer.

Elisabeth created the hit digital comedy Redheads Anonymous, which was featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, and Tubefilter; the series garnered over 13 awards and 26 nominations at festivals worldwide, including her win for 'Best Sitcom Actress' (Rome Web Awards) and nomination for 'The Raindance Discovery Award' (London). 

She has appeared in stage productions at Signature, Ars Nova, Atlantic, Olney, Inwood Shakespeare, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival; a national tour; national commercials; and voice-over for WeWork, IBM, Nespresso, and Rockstar Games. She sings on the Broadway Records Original Studio Cast Album of Like You Like It

Elisabeth consistently goes to the actor gym. Her beloved teachers have included Wynn Handman, Lesly Kahn, Jen Waldman, Ted Sluberski, Rich Topol, Andrew Byrne, Victoria Clark, Laura Bergquist, Bob Krakower, and Maggie Reed, among others.

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beloved houseplants, with inventive names like "Aloe" and "Vera"

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continents visited (see you soon, Antarctica?)

international redhead conventions spoken at

skydiving jump (successfully) attempted

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Yale alumna

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I was born and bred in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

I was born and bred in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. – so, my parents heaved a sigh of relief when I decided to become a performer instead of a politician.

I’d been performing all of my life, but only realized entertainment’s power to shape culture and alter lives as a teenager, when I saw a piece of theater that – in the course of a mere hour – completely changed the worldview of a fellow teen in the audience. He had grown up with bigotry and hatred towards a certain group of people, and the show turned his long-held beliefs on their head by compelling him to empathize with humans he didn’t know personally. Wow! How many political speeches can say that? I became passionate about making a positive impact on the world through storytelling, and graduated from Yale University intent on empowering and inspiring others with laughter, connection, and unexpected perspectives.

So, my parents heaved a sigh of relief when I decided to become a performer instead of a politician.

I’d been performing all of my life, but only realized entertainment’s power to shape culture and alter lives as a teenager, when I saw a piece of theater that – in the course of a mere hour – completely changed the worldview of a fellow teen in the audience. He had grown up with bigotry and hatred towards a certain group of people, and the show turned his long-held beliefs on their head by compelling him to empathize with humans he didn’t know personally. Wow! How many political speeches can say that? I became passionate about making a positive impact on the world through storytelling, and graduated from Yale University intent on empowering and inspiring others with laughter, connection, and unexpected perspectives.

In the midst of my first national tour, a misstep on the stage -- a few weeks before we were to play Radio City Music Hall -- crushed my foot’s fifth metatarsal, but not my dreams. I immediately took to learning performing skills that, at least temporarily, didn’t require a working foot: voice-over, teleprompter hosting, and acting for film, TV, and straight plays. I fell in love with these mediums and continue to work in them today, even with two fully-functioning feet.

After years of being a working actor while encouraging other women to own their power as multi-hyphenates – through my monthly gathering of women entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry, which I call Women Taking Over the (Cultural) World – I decided to put my own producing, writing, and editing experience to use. I co-founded the award-winning production company, Good Porpoise, which makes socially-conscious fiction and non-fiction. It’s a joy to contribute to storytelling collaborations in multi-faceted ways, and have the results be so well-received!

When not acting, creating, or connecting fascinating people with each other, I edit performer demos, write song parodies, and conduct a choir. I love the psychology of productivity, the psychology of politics, the psychology of leadership... and popcorn.

In the midst of my first national tour, a misstep on the stage -- a few weeks before we were to play Radio City Music Hall -- crushed my foot’s fifth metatarsal, but not my dreams. I immediately took to learning performing skills that, at least temporarily, didn’t require a working foot: voice-over, teleprompter hosting, and acting for film, TV, and straight plays. (I continue to relish playing in the sandbox of these diverse media, even with two fully-functioning feet.)

After years of being a working actor while encouraging other women to own their power as multi-hyphenates – through my monthly gathering of women entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry, which I call Women Taking Over the (Cultural) World – I decided to put my own producing, writing, and editing experience to use. I co-founded the award-winning production company, Good Porpoise, which makes socially-conscious fiction and non-fiction. It’s a joy to contribute to storytelling collaborations in multi-faceted ways, and have the results be so well-received!

When not acting, creating, or connecting fascinating people with each other, I edit performer demos, write song parodies, and conduct a choir. I love the psychology of productivity, the psychology of politics, the psychology of leadership... and popcorn.

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beloved houseplants, with inventive names like "Aloe" and "Vera"

years running a monthly 'salon' for women entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry

continents visited (see you soon, Antarctica?)

international redhead conventions spoken at

skydiving jump (successfully) attempted

Choose your Own Adventure

The Glory

The Story

Learn more about what Elisabeth's been doing, where and with who!

Learn more about why Elisabeth
loves doing the work!

read More

read More

Behind the glory

Elisabeth Ness is an award-winning actor and creator.

The Yale alumna has been honored as one of Take the Lead’s “50 Women Can Change the World in Media & Entertainment”, and her acting work has been called "especially funny" (NY Times), "razor-sharp" (Washington Post), and "hilarious" (Times Herald-Record, Catskill Chronicle).

Onscreen, she has played characters in Bull (CBS), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), Daredevil (Netflix/Disney+), FBI (CBS), Emma and the Squares ('Best Lead Actress' win, Manhattan Rep's Stories Film Fest), Trigger ('Best Actress' nom, SSIFFF), Going Public (Soho International FF), and En Route ('Best Lead Actress' nom, Blackbird Film Fest). In Netflix's feature Like Father, she shot a scene opposite Kelsey Grammer.

Elisabeth created the hit digital comedy Redheads Anonymous, which was featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, and Tubefilter; the series garnered over 13 awards and 26 nominations at festivals worldwide, including her win for 'Best Sitcom Actress' (Rome Web Awards) and nomination for 'The Raindance Discovery Award' (London). 

She has appeared in stage productions at Signature, Ars Nova, Atlantic, Olney, Inwood Shakespeare, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival; a national tour; national commercials; and voice-over for WeWork, IBM, Nespresso, and Rockstar Games. She sings on the Broadway Records Original Studio Cast Album of Like You Like It

Elisabeth consistently goes to the actor gym. Her beloved teachers have included Wynn Handman, Lesly Kahn, Jen Waldman, Ted Sluberski, Rich Topol, Andrew Byrne, Victoria Clark, Laura Bergquist, Bob Krakower, and Maggie Reed, among others.

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I WAS BORN AND BRED IN THE SUBURBS OF WASHINGTON, D.C.

I was born and bred in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. – so, my parents heaved a sigh of relief when I decided to become a performer instead of a politician.

I’d been performing all of my life, but only realized entertainment’s power to shape culture and alter lives as a teenager, when I saw a piece of theater that – in the course of a mere hour – completely changed the worldview of a fellow teen in the audience. He had grown up with bigotry and hatred towards a certain group of people, and the show turned his long-held beliefs on their head by compelling him to empathize with humans he didn’t know personally. Wow! How many political speeches can say that? I became passionate about making a positive impact on the world through storytelling, and

graduated from Yale University intent on empowering and inspiring others with laughter, connection, and unexpected perspectives.

In the midst of my first national tour, a misstep on the stage -- a few weeks before we were to play Radio City Music Hall -- crushed my foot’s fifth metatarsal, but not my dreams. I immediately took to learning performing skills that, at least temporarily, didn’t require a working foot: voice-over, teleprompter hosting, and acting for film, TV, and straight plays. (I continue to relish playing in the sandbox of these diverse media, even with two fully-functioning feet.)

After years of being a working actor while encouraging other women to own their power as multi-hyphenates – through my monthly gathering of women entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry, which I call Women Taking Over the (Cultural) World – I decided to put my own producing, writing, and editing experience to use. I co-founded the award-winning production company, Good Porpoise, which makes socially-conscious fiction and non-fiction. It’s a joy to contribute to storytelling collaborations in multi-faceted ways, and have the results be so well-received!

When not acting, creating, or connecting fascinating people with each other, I edit performer demos, write song parodies, and conduct a choir. I love the psychology of productivity, the psychology of politics, the psychology of leadership... and popcorn.

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So, my parents heaved a sigh of relief when I decided to become a performer instead of a politician.

I’d been performing all of my life, but only realized entertainment’s power to shape culture and alter lives as a teenager, when I saw a piece of theater that – in the course of a mere hour – completely changed the worldview of a fellow teen in the audience. He had grown up with bigotry and hatred towards a certain group of people, and the show turned his long-held beliefs on their head by compelling him to empathize with humans he didn’t know personally. Wow! How many political speeches can say that? I became passionate about making a positive impact on the world through storytelling, and graduated from Yale University intent on empowering and inspiring others with laughter, connection, and unexpected perspectives.

In the midst of my first national tour, a misstep on the stage -- a few weeks before we were to play Radio City Music Hall -- crushed my foot’s fifth metatarsal, but not my dreams. I immediately took to learning performing skills that, at least temporarily, didn’t require a working foot: voice-over, teleprompter hosting, and acting for film, TV, and straight plays. I fell in love with these mediums and continue to work in them today, even with two fully-functioning feet.

After years of being a working actor while encouraging other women to own their power as multi-hyphenates – through my monthly gathering of women entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry, which I call Women Taking Over the (Cultural) World – I decided to put my own producing, writing, and editing experience to use. I co-founded the award-winning production company, Good Porpoise, which makes socially-conscious fiction and non-fiction. It’s a joy to contribute to storytelling collaborations in multi-faceted ways, and have the results be so well-received!

When not acting, creating, or connecting fascinating people with each other, I edit performer demos, write song parodies, and conduct a choir. I love the psychology of productivity, the psychology of politics, the psychology of leadership... and popcorn.

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