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"First-rate and surprising."

-Steve Martin (for real, not a bit)
“A bold, intense, unapologetic writer with comedic dialogue, historical intentions, and stunning
expressionism, who chooses great stories to tell, leaving you feeling disturbed, inspired, and seen.”
-The Athena Project

"A complex, fascinating talent with amazing energy."
-Eastend Arts Council

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Ellis (like the Island) is a Columbia University Playwriting MFA Graduate (2023), full-time professor at Penn State and adjunct at Columbia (2023-2024), and gay disgrace to their Amish Lancaster, PA upbringing. Through irreverent yet intimate, shamelessly Gen-Z coming-of-age dark comedies and satires, Ellis invites all audiences into insular communities and liberating queer relationships.

Currently, Ellis is developing their TV/film projects with collaborators Leigh Silverman (SUFFS on Broadway), Andrew Barchilon (The Eric Andre Show), Mandy Greenfield at Red Yes Studio, Corinne Hayoun at Manage-ment, and Eastend Entertainment. Additionally, she's serving as Showrunner of Lianna Rada's (Williamstown Theatre Festival) Episodic Theatre Project (Feb-May 2024).

This summer, Ellis will be a Playwright-in-Residence at Williamstown Theatre Festival (2024).

Ellis's full-length plays ONCE ON RUMSPRINGA, WHITE BITCHES IN DELHI, and WHERE I'VE NEVER GONE have been workshopped by the likes of mentor Steve Martin, Morgan Gould, and professors David Henry Hwang and Lynn Nottage, and presented Off-Broadway in NYC by The Wild Project, Westbeth Artists Gallery (site-specific), Bohemian National Hall, UP Theater Company, Yonder Window Theatre, and Chain Theatre, atop over a dozen national and international productions (all 2021-2024).

This year (2023-2024), they've been a Semifinalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Competition, American Blues Theater Award (twice), and Pipeline Theatre Fellowship, and a Finalist with The Dramatists Guild, Lanford Wilson Festival, Emerson Stages (twice), Fulton Theatre, Athena Project, and James Madison University, to name a few. Their pilot TAART is a Semifinalist in contests hosted by The Script Lab, Filmmatic, and ScreenCraft Fellowship (2024).

Prior, Ellis earned the Vaclav Havel Playwriting Award (2019), funded residencies at Prague Performing Arts Academy (2019) and Wallace Stegner House in Canada (2020), membership in Speranza Theatre's and Yonder Window's playwriting groups, and publication in BORDERLESS THALIA Anthology, sold at The Drama Book Shop (2023).

Professionally, she was a Writers Assistant for Bess Wohl (2022) and Edward Einhorn (2019-2021), and a Full-Time Screenwriter, creating episodic content, for Inkitt Galata in Berlin (2019-2020).

Lowkey, Ellis also completed five degrees, two theses, and two fellowships from Penn State Honors College (2019), hitch-hiked across numerous continents, and worked as a stand-up comic and certified psychotherapist—before realizing she just needed therapy. Regardless, for jokes or diagnoses, they're your dealer.

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learning, teaching, creating, live-laugh-loving, et. al.

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