Ellen Brody completed her master’s degree with a thesis concerning media and fiction. She joined the Readercon committee shortly after Readercon 7, was the program chair and co-chair of Readercons 9 and 10, was a member of the program committee for Readercons 8 through 21, and has also worked on many other aspects of the convention. She and Richard Duffy co-edited the Souvenir Book for four years for Readercons 22 through 25, and they continued to assist with editing for Readercon 26, and compiling the bibliographies for Readercons 26 through 28. And she is helping to run the Bookshop again this year as well.
She has also directed, acted, produced, designed, stage managed, and done everything else in theater. Her favorite previous roles include: Viola in Twelfth Night, Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice, Mrs. X in The Stronger, Joan in Saint Joan, Harriet Stanley in The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Ruth in Blithe Spirit. At an audition, a director once handed her the first three pages of an Agatha Christie novel and said “Read.” She got the part. She has read a selection by the Memorial Guest of Honor at twenty consecutive Readercons, and has appeared on a few panels as well.