Actor / Vocalist
Ellis began working in theatre at age 10, alternating the role of James in the original cast of ''James and the Giant Peach'' by Timothy Allen McDonald, Tony winners Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul, under Tony-winning director Graciela Danielle at Goodspeed Musicals in 2010. The following year, he played Marty in Michael Kooman and Chris Dimond's musical ''Dani Girl'' in its development under Scott Schwartz's direction at NYC’s Cherry Lane Theatre as one the first real children to play the role and played Colin in Jane Staab and Susan Kosoff's musical adaptation of ''The Secret Garden'' which debuted in Boston at Wheelock Family Theatre. From 2011-2012, he played Prince Alexander in "Rumpelstiltskin" by Steve Marzullo at the Workshop Theater in NYC. He won the 2012 IRNE Award in the "Best Performance by a Young Actor" category for his run as Prince Chulalongkorn in ''The King and I'' at North Shore Music Theatre, played John in Tony-winner Phyllis Newman’s adaptation of her late husband (Adolph Green)'s "Peter Pan" musical titled "Flying to Neverland" for American Opera Projects, and was seen in workshops of Glen Roven's adaptation of Dr. Seuss's ''The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.” In 2013, he became known as "the kid with the big belt" on Seth Rudetsky's Sirius XM radio show ''Seth Speaks'' and appeared in a 4-person revue for the City of New York titled ''Welcome to NYC'' with Tony winner LaChanze and nominee Robert Cuccioli. In his early years, Gage was also a boy soprano performing and recording new opera by Roven, Tony winner Stephen Schwartz, and more, providing vocals for The Metropolitan Opera's featured contemporary works, and singing roles at Boston Lyric Opera.
Ellis graduated from St. Mark’s School in 2017 where he made Independent School League history by single handedly creating the institution’s first Musical Theatre program in over 20 years which is now part of the curriculum.
Following graduation, Ellis was an understudy in the national tour of the jazz vocal group "The FlyBoys" as seen on Britain's Got Talent. Subsequently, he was cast in “Happily” (NYMF/GLSEN) by Livi Perrone & Sean P. Pallatroni and ''Imaginary Boy,'' the new musical by Daniel Neiden and June Rachelson Ospa for the Tourette Association of America, as Michael; a character based on war veteran/senate advisor Stephen McCall. He played the role to acclaim in developmental presentations and can be heard on the concept album. In 2019, Gage was seen in the ensemble of Ryan McCurdy and Lauren Widner's musical now known as ''The Currents'' at Carriage House Theatre 4 months before Widner's death, and in 2021, he starred as John in the premiere of Danny K. Bernstein's musical "Far From Canterbury'' at The Barnstormers Theatre. Most recently, Ellis has been cast in the developing musical “Noble Family” directed by 2-time Tony winner Richard Maltby, written by Susan DiLallo, Cecilia Lin, and David Zelnik. This spring/summer, he will be playing Jack in "Into The Woods" at Arden Theatre Company
Now aged 22, Ellis is an experienced Jazz singer/arranger, regularly providing entertainment for Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra, private clubs, and receptions. He is a concert/recording artist recognized for his interpretive & expressive abilities having worked with composers such as Tony-winner Stephen Schwartz, nominee Paul Gordon, Bobby Cronin, Timothy Huang, Eli Bolin, Anessa Marie, Cheeyang Ng, Eric Sorrells, Mike Viola, Durra Leung, Jessica Wu, Sam Davis, Steve Marzullo, and more.
Ellis is active in community and equity work in the theatre industry & is a part of organizations such as the Theatre Industry Political Action Community & National Asian Artists Project. He is a proud eating disorder recovery influencer and is determined to change the entertainment industry’s conversations around beauty standards and appearance discrimination.