ROGER ELLIS (they/them) is a theatre-maker, filmmaker, arts professor, and producer who cultivates embodiment-driven interdisciplinary works. Their creative practice traverses, synthesizes, and reimagines traditional disciplines such as directing, choreography, and new works development. Ellis is the director/choreographer of Nikki Lynette's afrogoth musical Get Out Alive, which premiered in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's LookOut Series. Ellis also directed the digital reimagining of the Get Out Alive, which is slated for release in January 2021. They have worked in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and across the United States with companies such as Sacramento Music Circus, Paramount Theatre, American Music Theatre Project, Horizon Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, San Diego Repertory, and Gallery Players Brooklyn. With collaborator Margaret Laurena Kemp, Ellis is the co-director and choreographer of re: [CLICK] devised in response to Click by Jacqueline Goldfinger. Ellis’ choreography for the digital theatre project AntigoneNOW was presented at the 27th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre.
Ellis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University. Their research centers on physical inquiry and embodiment-based performance pedagogy. Ellis has also taught courses in movement for the stage, acting through song, musical theatre scene study, music theatre dance, and collaborative devising process at Marymount Manhattan College, the University of the Arts Summer Institute, and NYC's Professional Performing Arts School.
Ellis holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University and is a certified Lucid Body Teacher. Ellis is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (Associate), and the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. Ellis is also the recipient of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers' Earle Gister Fellowship (2019).