Ellie Marissa Ruttenberg
is Co-Artistic Director and a co-founder of H.E.A.T. Despite spending the past 18 years defining her artistic self solely as an actor, she's recommitted that artistic mission to self-producing, collaboration, and creating opportunities for the talent that goes unnoticed. As an actor and director, Ellie splits her time between Philadelphia and New York. She's worked in the indie Philadelphia theatre scene and most recently directed the Philadelphia premiere and the NYC premiere of THIS IS NOT ABOUT 9/11. Ellie studied acting at The University of the Arts.
Sarah Van Auken
is Co-Artistic Director and a co-founder of H.E.A.T. She is an Actress/Playwright/future Speech-Language Pathologist who actively surrounds herself with the best creative humans she knows (her friends). After working as an actress in Philadelphia for three years, Sarah jumped headfirst into the NYC theatre scene with the second run of her original play THIS IS NOT ABOUT 9/11. She holds a BFA in acting from The University of the Arts and is currently working towards her Masters Degree at Teachers College, Columbia University.