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ROGER ELLIS (they/them) cultivates embodiment-driven interdisciplinary works. Their creative practice encompasses directing, choreography, movement direction, new works development, dramaturgy, and teaching. Roger 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. 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, Pace University, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, San Diego Repertory, and Gallery Players Brooklyn.
Roger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University. Their research centers on physical inquiry and embodiment practice as applied to performance pedagogy. Their teaching is most deeply influenced by their study of the Viewpoints with Mary Overlie and the Lucid Body with Fay Simpson. 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 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), and the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. Roger is the recipient of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers' Earle Gister Fellowship (2019).