Eleanor Reissa
Photo: Adrian Buckmaster
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About Eleanor Reissa

Eleanor Reissa is a Brooklyn born and bred victim/beneficiary of the NYC public school system from K through college. In spite of that (or because of it) she has lived a life greater than her own expectations. She is a Tony Award-nominated director (Those Were the Days); Broadway/television actress (Paula Vogel’s Indecent/ HBO’s The Plot Against America); a prize-winning playwright, former artistic director of the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, host of the Yale University/Fortunoff Video Archive podcast: Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust, and currently shares the audio guide duties with Juliana Margulies at the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s latest exhibition The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do. Reissa has sung in every major venue in New York City and in festivals around the world. She is a storyteller in English and Yiddish, and is often the voice for the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, including their new episodic radiocast: Who is Guilty? Many of her musical performances can be found on You Tube and the Internet. Most recently, in Italy, she filmed Musical Tales of the Venetian Jewish Ghetto and Chopin and Liszt with Hershey Felder. Her memoir, THE LETTERS PROJECT: A Daughter’s Journey, is available now.