Ellen Warkentine is a theatrical multi-instrumentalist composer/performer from Southern CA, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Her melodic work references avant-pop and early jazz; her influences include Kurt Weill, Bjork, and Stephin Merritt. She is a long-time collaborator with the award-winning Four Larks Theatre. She is co-creator and composer of the absurd “fauxpera” LOLPERA, and has written music and musical directed for productions at The Garage Theatre in Long Beach, The Long Beach Playhouse, UCB, and Four Clowns, among others. She is currently at Gallatin NYU receiving an Interdisciplinary MA in immersive music theatre. She is a proud teaching artist who has spent 15 years serving communities of LAUSD. She is a devoted student of trad jazz, and can be found busking at Fort Greene Park with “The Small Dog Jazz Society” and playing with LA-based all-femme trad band “The Naughty Doings.” Her most recent theatrical production was “Nin Descending a Staircase,” a site-specific cabaret staged at the site Anaïs Nin’s former printing press in Greenwich Village.