Roger Ellis Headshot - Rectangular 2018.

ROGER ELLIS (they-them-theirs) is a stage director and filmmaker whose projects often explore identity, mental health advocacy, and the digital. Current theatre projects include Get Out Alive, an adaptation of the award-winning film written by Nikki Lynette and directed by Ellis.

Digital projects include the app, [re: CLICK] devised in response to Jacqueline Goldfinger's play ClickEllis’ choreography for AntigoneNOW was presented at the 27th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre. Based in Chicago, they have also worked in New York, Atlanta, Southern California, 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, and San Diego Repertory.

Ellis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University where they serve as co-curator of the Kelsey Pharr Jr. Speaker Series and on the advisory board of Black Arts Consortium. Ellis has also taught psychophysical acting techniques, 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, Dell 'Arte International School of Physical Theatre and has been a guest speaker at the School of Sound (UK), Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, and the August Wilson Society Colloquium at Howard University. 

Ellis holds an MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University, a BA in Theatre Performance from Oklahoma City University, and is a designated teacher of The Lucid Body. Ellis is the recipient of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers' Earle Gister Fellowship (2019) and is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (Associate), the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, and the National Alliance of Acting Teachers.

Photo credit: @dmpphoto