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Georgina Young-Ellis

In high school, she found a calling to be an actress, inspired by exceptional drama department of Sahuaro High School. Although she  wrote for pleasure or for school, she found pride in a fine grasp of grammar and the English language.  However, she directed most of her energy into involvement in church, school, youth groups and volunteer activities. She loved learning Spanish and at  fifteen she lived in Mexico City with a family for a summer and immersed herself in the language and culture. The girls of her age from her Mexican family visited her in Tucson during subsequent summers and together they busied themselves with volunteering at children’s hospitals and summer camp.

She studied at the University of Arizona, spent a summer studying in Florence. Transferred to New York University, while at NYU she lived in the East Village, and launched into drama school at the Lee Strasberg Studio. Four years after my graduation from NYU she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and loved living in the quaint, rustic, cozy little town nestled against the stunning Sangre de Cristos in the Rocky Mountain range. The cold winters and the snow suited her desire for four seasons, while satisfying her need for the desert. After a month in Santa Fe, she met her husband, a sculptor named Jonathan Wayne Ellis. They were married a year later. Santa Fe provided her with major roles in the local Shakespeare festival, as well as local theater companies, and some film and commercial work, and she joined the Screen Actor’s Guild. Her sculptor husband, began writing plays and directing and together they worked as actor and director, and started writing screenplays.

Georgina moved cross-country to live in Astoria, NY, just over the river from Manhattan and she has lived there for ten years now. Her son is a rock-music playing teenager and her stepdaughter is married with two kids and back in Santa Fe, while Georgina teaches ESL and English and is an occasional political activist. She feels this has prepared her for a career as a writer, although she is still keen to speak and study Spanish and Italian, and acts and teaches.