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ABOUT

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Hersh Ellis (he, him, his) is a NYC based theatre director and filmmaker. He "directs with delightful inventiveness," according to Broadway World West End.

Recently, the world premiere of Crystal Skillman’s “Rain and Zoe Save the World” at the Jermyn St. Theatre marked his London directorial debut. Broadway World West End said it was "visually beautiful and its politics are sharp" and it was called "An inspired piece of physical theater" by The Stage. 


Other projects 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 Club's annual benefit of “A Christmas Carol” (Starring Alec Baldwin, Sam Waterston, Marsha Mason and Chuck Cooper).


Recent Readings and Workshops: “Disruption” by Andrew Stein (Starring David Wilson Barnes, Heidi Blickenstaff and Tina Benko); “Mary and Max: The Musical” by Crystal Skillman and Bobby Cronin (Dramatists Guild); "Pulp Verite" by Crystal Skillman (Urban Stages); “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).


Film: Shorts “Question” and “Block*” will premiere in 2022. Ellis has directed various web series episodes. Currently, he has several film projects in development, including short film "The Empty Room," adapted from the original essay by Mindi Ellis.


Assistant/ Support work includes: “Pacific Overtures” (Classic Stage Company, directed by John Doyle and Starring George Takei), “Shadowlands” (Theatre Row), “The Art of Gaman” (Lab, Public Theatre), Dani Pudi’s solo memoir piece “Running” (Lab, Hypokrit Theatre), and 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. Member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Alum of the Pace University Performing Arts, SDC Associate Member, Represented by A3 Artists