Ms. Winckler was born in Detroit, Michigan and did her undergraduate studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Boston University and Wayne State University, respectively. She was granted her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Theater, and went on to complete her Master of Science in Educational Psychology at the University of Southern California.
She was instrumental in the educational training unit for the Allied Forces in Berlin and developed the curriculum and texts for their OTJ English Language Program. As registrar and Communications instructor for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Berlin, she contributed to their Bachelor Degree program development. It was during this time that she was asked to take over the Stage Management position at Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany.
She reorganized the department and became Production Stage Manager and artistic consultant under Professor Götz Friedrich and Helmut Baumann. In 1996, she became Artistic Director for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group in German speaking countries and in 1999, took on the Artistic Direction of Disney’s Glöckner von Notre Dame premiere in Berlin at Potsdamer Platz.
From 2001-2003, Ilene returned to the United States to teach Theater Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is glad to now be a part of the Touro academic faculty.