Ellen Sorrin is Director of the George Balanchine Trust as well as Managing Director of the New York Choreographic Institute (an affiliate of New York City Ballet). Previously she was Director of Education and Director of Special Projects at New York City Ballet. She is president of The Hemsley Lighting Programs, a foundation dedicated to the transition of lighting design students from the academic to the professional world. She is also the author of Food Matters, a blog concerned with food and family traditions. She has produced NYCB in-house film tributes for New York City Ballet on George Balanchine, Tanaquil Le Clercq, Lincoln Kirstein and Jerome Robbins. She produced a short film for the CityArts series PBS affiliate WNET/Thirteen about costume maker Barbara Matera. In 1987, prior to coming to NYCB, she produced Dancing for Life, the New York dance community's response to AIDS, directed by Jerome Robbins. Before working in the arts, she was a classroom teacher in the New York City Public School system for six years, heading up an alternative classroom in Brooklyn for the school district’s Drug Abuse Prevention Program, a concept that led to the creation of specialized charter schools to address the education of children who were served best in smaller classes with more attention to both academic and psychological needs.