ROGER ELLIS (they/them) is an artist, professor, and producer who cultivates embodiment-driven interdisciplinary works. Their creative practice disrupts and reimagines traditional disciplines such as directing, choreography, and new works development. Ellis is the director-choreographer of Nikki Lynette's musical Get Out Alive, which premiered in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's LookOut Series. Ellis is also the director of Get Out Alive - Digital Version, which is slated for Internet release in 2021.
Ellis has 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. Ellis’ choreography for the digital theatre project AntigoneNOW was presented at the 27th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre. With collaborator Margaret Laurena Kemp, Ellis is the co-director of [re: CLICK], an interactive, immersive, hybrid digital performance featuring live and pre-recorded elements. [re: CLICK] has reached audiences in 12 countries. WOAR - Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence played an important role in the development and first iterations of the play CLICK by Jacqueline Goldfinger, which [re: CLICK] is adapted from. Please consider making a donation in support of WOAR.
Ellis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University. Their research centers on physical inquiry and embodiment-based performance. 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 has taught guest workshops at Boston University and has been a guest speaker at the School of Sound.
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 involved in ongoing Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training. 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).