Hersh Ellis (he, him, his) is a NYC based theatre director and filmmaker. In spring 2022, the world premiere of Crystal Skillman’s “Rain and Zoe: Save the World” at the Jermyn St. Theatre will mark his London directorial debut. Recent projects have include: “Down The Urinal Hole” (Dixon Place and national festival tour), “Homunculus” (Secret Theatre) and deconstructed productions of “Kiss Me Kate” (Leawood Stage) and “South Pacific” (TheatreLAB), as well as the Century Clubs annual benefit of “A Christmas Carol” (Staring Alec Baldwin, Sam Waterston, Marsha Mason and Chuck Cooper).
Recent Readings and Workshops: “Mary and Max: The Musical” by Crystal Skillman and Bobby Cronin (Dramatists Guild), "Pulp Verite" by Crystal Skillman (Urban Stages), “Disruption” by Andrew Stein (Sheen Center), “Wanderer, or the Literal Extraterrestrial I Met on Grindr” and the two part epic “Turn Back Now” both by Kaleb Tank (Chicago’s Otherworld Theatre).
His short films “Question” and “Block” will premiere this fall. He’s also worked as a director for hire on several web-series. Currently, he is developing several film projects, including short film "The Empty Room" which he adapted from the essay by Mindi Ellis and, his autobiographical feature film “Johnson County."
Assistant/ Support work includes: “Pacific Overtures” (Classic Stage Company, directed by John Doyle and Staring George Takei), “Shadowlands” (Theatre Row), “The Art of Gaman” (Lab, Public Theatre), Dani Pudi’s solo memoir piece “Running” (Lab, Hypokrit Theatre), and on the world premiere of “Heathers the Musical” (New World Stages)
20+ productions as artistic director of Home Grown Theatre Co. in Kansas City. Five time Broadway World Kansas City Awards Best Director Nominee. He’s a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, an Alum of the Pace University Performing Arts, an SDC Associate Member, and is repped by A3 Artists.