Ellen Walraven graduated on Utrecht University from Theatre- Film- & Television Studies.
She worked as artistic director of Rotterdamse Schouwburg, De Balie, IETM meeting - edition Utrecht and dramaturgist at Toneelgroep Amsterdam and De Tijd/ Lucas Vandervost.
Walraven was also a board member of Supervisory Board Theatre Institute Nederland (TIN), Kunsten ’92, Nederlands Toneelverbond and chairman of Overmorgenland Groningen. Besides she worked as advisor for Amsterdam and Rotterdam Arts Councils.
She programmed many festivals like Musil Marathon, Paradise Losta, Dutch Theaterfestival and other.