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ROGER ELLIS cultivates physically-driven interdisciplinary stage works that amplify historically marginalized and underrepresented voices. His creative practice encompasses directing, choreography, movement direction, new works development, dramaturgy, and teaching. He is the director/choreographer of Nikki Lynette's afrogoth musical Get Out Alive which premiered in a sold-out run at Steppenwolf Theatre Company's LookOut Series. He 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, Pace University, Marymount Manhattan College, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, San Diego Repertory, and Gallery Players Brooklyn.
Roger is an Assistant Professor of Music Theatre and Dance at Northwestern University. His research centers on physical inquiry and embodiment practice as applied to performance pedagogy. His teaching is most deeply influenced by his study of the Viewpoints with Mary Overlie and the Lucid Body with Fay Simpson. Roger works with actors to build an integrated acting-singing-movement process grounded in human behavior within the heightened given circumstances of song. Roger 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.
Roger is the recipient of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers' Earle Gister Fellowship (2019). He recently completed NAAT's Teacher Development Program where he studied with Slava Dolgachev, Peter Jay Fernandez, Antoinette LaVecchia Fay Simpson, and Ron Van Lieu.
Roger holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University and is a proud 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.