Roger Ellis

Roger Ellis is an Assistant Professor of Music Theatre and a professional director and movement specialist whose work centers on physically driven, inclusive, and transformational theatrical experiences. He has worked across the United States with companies such as Sacramento Music Circus, Paramount Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Pace University, Marymount Manhattan College, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, San Diego Repertory, and Gallery Players Brooklyn. His directing credits include Parade, A Little Night Music, The Wild Party (LaChiusa/Wolfe), The Light in the Piazza (Associate Director/Movement Coach), and the NYC premiere of Laura Pittenger’s Thou Shalt Not.

As an educator, Roger helps performers build an integrated acting-singing-movement process rooted in truthful human behavior within the heightened given circumstances of music theatre. He uses Viewpoints, Laban Movement Studies, and The Lucid Body as his primary tools for cultivating the actor’s visceral connection to the text. Roger has taught courses in acting through song, music theatre scene study, music theatre dance, tap, and movement for the actor at Marymount Manhattan College, the University of the Arts Summer Institute, and NYC’s Professional Performing Arts School.

Roger’s research centers on non-verbal communication and embodied cognition within the context of music theatre performance training. He also studies contemporary manifestations of early 20th-century variety entertainment. He 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 Musical Theatre Educators Alliance, and the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.


MFA, Musical Theatre, San Diego State University
BA, Theatre Performance, Oklahoma City University

Roger Ellis

Assistant Professor




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