Ellen Ruchman grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and went to a small boarding school in the sticks of Glencoe. She left Maryland to earn her undergraduate degree from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, where she studied Stage Direction and Political Science. She has been working as an arts educator in Annapolis for the past two years, helping at-risk youth and children with learning differences create original work to improve themselves and the world around them. Her next project will be a European tour that will include stops in Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Salzburg, Ljubljana, Venice, and Paris. After this, she will get CELTA certified in Seville.