Actor / Vocalist
Ellis began working in theatre at age 10 playing the title role in the out-of-town premiere of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul’s “James & the Giant Peach” directed by Graciela Danielle (Goodspeed Musicals), subsequently working on Michael Kooman & Chris Dimond’s musical “Dani Girl” directed by Scott Schwartz (Cherry Lane Theatre) in which he was one of the first real children to play Marty, Phyllis Newman’s adaptation of “Peter Pan,” Glen Roven’s opera “Anderson’s Solo,” & musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T” (American Opera Projects), appearing in NYC/regionally at North Shore Music Theatre where he won an IRNE for his performance as Chulalongkorn in “The King And I,” The WorkShop Theater, Urban Stages, Boston Lyric Opera, Huntington Theatre Co, Wheelock Family Theatre, & more. Growing up, he was known on Sirius XM’s Seth Speaks as “the kid with the big belt” & a soloist for the Metropolitan Opera’s featured contemporary works.
Ellis graduated from St. Mark’s School in 2017 where he made Independent School League history by creating the institution’s first Musical Theatre program in over 20 years which is now part of the curriculum.
In recent years, he's received praise for performances in “Imaginary Boy,” the developing musical for the Tourette Association of America by Daniel Neiden & June Rachelson Ospa in which he plays Michael, a character based on Stephen McCall, “Happily” (NYMF/GLSEN) by Livi Perrone & Sean P. Pallatroni, & Akihiro Nishino’s "Poupelle of ChimneyTown" (CTUSA/Japan) by Jessica Wu and Ko Tanaka. He's been seen at Prospect Theatre, Broadway United, Bay Street Theater, Passage Theatre, Carriage House Theatre, Musical Theatre Factory, Theatre Breaking Through Barriers, & Inside Broadway. Most recently, Ellis starred as John in the world premiere of Danny K. Bernstein’s musical “Far From Canterbury” at The Barnstormers Theatre.
Ellis is an experienced Jazz singer/arranger, regularly providing entertainment for Bloomberg Philanthropies, private clubs, & corporate receptions, & has had solo engagements at Birdland, The Apollo Theater, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, The Green Room 42, & other venues. He is a concert/recording artist recognized for his interpretive & expressive abilities having worked with composers such as Stephen Schwartz, Mike Viola, Timothy Hwang, Bobby Cronin, Steve Marzullo, David Zellnik, Ryan McCurdy, Lauren Widner, Sam Davis, Cheeyang Ng, Eric Sorrells, Brandon Michael Lowden, & others.
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.