Ellie Smoak is a native Chattanoogan and has been involved in local arts since she was young. Since starting at UTC in 2014, Ellie has had the opportunity to act, manage, and create with the UTC Theatre Company as well as travel to conferences. She was nominated for an Irene Ryan acting award by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2015 and 2016 and is the recipient of the Robert Lees Theatre Endowment and the Artists and Authors Club Scholarship. She served as treasurer for Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society and secretary for SAIL in 2016-2017, and is its currently president of both organizations. Ellie joined the SCEA team in January 2017 as the Theatre Education Assistant. She will graduate in May of 2018 as a licensed K-12 educator.