Jeffrey Ellis

Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors, held during Labor Day Weekend, which honor oustanding theater artists in Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors. Midwinter's First Night, held the first Sunday in January after New Year's Day, honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. Further, Ellis directed the Nashville premiere of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show, with Ellis honored by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. This season, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and later this summer will direct The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals and next spring he will helm The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of The Miss Firecracker Contest.
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CRITICS' CHOICE: Get Some Southern HospitalityCRITICS' CHOICE: Southern Hospitality
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Posted: Jun. 6, 2015


Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 6/11/15Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 6/11/15
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BWW Review: Street Theatre Company's DOGFIGHTStreet Theatre Company's DOGFIGHT
Posted: Jun. 7, 2015


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BWW Reviews: KB Productions' TRAILER TRASH HOUSEWIFEBWW Reviews: KB Productions' TRAILER TRASH HOUSEWIFE
July 4, 2015

You have to wonder why it took someone so long to bring Del Shores' The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife to the Nashville stage. After all, the play opened to widespread acclaim in Los Angeles in 2003 and was made into a movie in 2011 (Blues for Willadean).
The FRIDAY FIVE: TRAILER TRASH HOUSEWIFE's Arnold & StrongThe FRIDAY FIVE: TRAILER TRASH HOUSEWIFE's Arnold & Strong
July 3, 2015

Today, we focus our spotlight on Andrew Strong and Cat Arnold, stars of KB Productions' staging of Del Shores' The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Park Housewife, opening tonight at Nashville's iconic Darkhorse Theater for a six performance run over the next two weekends. Directed by the First Night Star Award winning director/actor/producer Clay Hillwig, the latest from Shores promises to pack an emotional wallop, judging from everything we've heard during the run-up to opening night.
CRITICS' CHOICE: Celebrate America's Independence at the TheaterCRITICS' CHOICE: Celebrate America's Independence at the Theater
July 2, 2015

Can you believe that it's already time to celebrate Independence Day aka The Fourth of July with the biggest-in-the-country fireworks display right here in Music City USA? We know how to celebrate America's Independence right here in Nashville and we expect even more tourists (playwright/actor/director/producer/bon vivant Del Shores is in town, for example, to get a taste of a down-home good time)than normal to fill our city's streets over the four-day holiday weekend.
THE FRIDAY FIVE (on Thursday): Cumberland County Playhouse's LAUREN MARSHALLTHE FRIDAY FIVE (on Thursday): Cumberland County Playhouse's LAUREN MARSHALL
July 2, 2015

Today, our spotlight focuses on Lauren Marshall, the beautiful and talented, clever and imaginative company member from Crossville's Cumberland County Playhouse who, like most of her compatriots this summer, is playing a number of different roles in repertory. At one show, she's matriarch Vera Sanders in the 22nd annual run of Smoke on the Mountain, a few hours later she's Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins - and in between those performances, chances are she's rehearsing for another show! And with CCP celebrating its 50th birthday this year, Lauren and her friends are even busier, as they welcome bigger crowds than normal to the playhouse.
Sideshow @ Actors Bridge Fringe Unveils Plans for 2015 FestivalSideshow @ Actors Bridge Fringe Unveils Plans for 2015 Festival
July 2, 2015

Led by program director Jessika Malone and technical director Mitch Massaro - and named by CNN as one of 'most intriguing festivals' in the 'Best of the U.S.' - Nashville's Sideshow @ Actors Bridge unveils its fifth annual slate of performances for July 16-19.
The FRIDAY FIVE (on Monday?): TUNA's Asa Ambrister & Patrick GoedickeThe FRIDAY FIVE (on Monday?): TUNA's Asa Ambrister & Patrick Goedicke
June 29, 2015

Today, we train our spotlight on Asa Ambrister and Patrick Goedicke, the two versatile actors who bring the whole town of Tuna, Texas, to life in Red, White And Tuna, the latest incarnation of the Tuna cycle at Miss Jeanne's Dinner Theatre. The show opened Friday night and continues through July 12so here's your opportunity to get to know Asa and Patrick and then make reservations to see their wacky characters before the show's run ends.
Nashville Theater Calendar 6/29/15Nashville Theater Calendar 6/29/15
June 29, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show.
THE FRIDAY FIVE (on Thursday!): THE 39 STEPS' Josh BernaskiTHE FRIDAY FIVE (on Thursday!): THE 39 STEPS' Josh Bernaski
June 25, 2015

Inspired by BroadwayWorld.com's Friday Six, welcome to BroadwayWorld Nashville's latest installment of The Friday Five (on Thursday): five questions (well, actually, six) designed to help you learn more about the talented people you'll find onstage throughout the Volunteer state. Today, we introduce you to Josh Bernaski, currently onstage in The 39 Steps at Clarksville's Roxy Regional Theatre. The consummate journeyman actor, Josh's career has taken him all around the world (well, almost!) but for a while at least, his Tennessee fans can revel in his immense talents while enjoying one of the theater's most entertaining works (which seems tailor-made for his abilities)
Cumberland County Playhouse, Scopes Fest's FRONT PAGE NEWS Coming to DaytonCumberland County Playhouse, Scopes Fest's FRONT PAGE NEWS Coming to Dayton
June 25, 2015

Following last year's successful run, Cumberland County Playhouse and the Scopes Trial Festival of Dayton, Tennessee, will once again co-produceFront Page News: Dayton and the World-Famous Scopes Trial,July 17-26, presented in the famous courtroom where Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan battled in 1925.
Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 6/25/15Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 6/25/15
June 25, 2015

Directors and producers in the Nashville region are seeking actors for upcoming productions ofThe Bible in 30 Minutes...or less!,The Music Man and Harvey- and more!We've gathered the details together here to make your planning easier. So now you have no excuse!
BWW Reviews: Renaissance Players' SHREK THE MUSICALBWW Reviews: Renaissance Players' SHREK THE MUSICAL
June 23, 2015

The company is back onstage for its summer offering of Shrek the Musical, the Jeanine Tesori-David Lindsay Abaire stage musical based upon the delightful animated film that first introduced us to the green ogre Shrek, his lady love Fiona, the unctuous Lord Farquaad and a feisty, straight-talking donkey named, curiously enough, Donkey.
Nashville Theater Calendar 6/22/15Nashville Theater Calendar 6/22/15
June 22, 2015

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show.
Amatrudo, Denison to Lead LAST 5 YEARS for VWA TheatricalsAmatrudo, Denison to Lead LAST 5 YEARS for VWA Theatricals
June 19, 2015

VWA Theatricals has found its Cathy and Jamie for the upcoming production of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years: Delaney Amatrudo and Luke Denison. Amatrudo and Denison will lead the cast for the musical, which runs August 13-22 at Nashville's iconic Darkhorse Theater. Amatrudo currently studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Denison is a recent graduate of Indiana University.
Ten Minute Playground Goes Live Sunday & MondayTen Minute Playground Goes Live Sunday & Monday
June 19, 2015

Twelve brand new plays by Middle Tennessee playwrights will be presented as staged readings as the newly minted Ten Minute Playground goes live in Nashville Sunday and Monday for a one-of-a-kind two-night event at Darkhorse Theater. The plays are paired with some of Nashville's finest actors and directors, all volunteering their time to present these exciting new scripts. With only an hour of rehearsal, these plays take on a life of their own in front of a live audience.
CRITICS' CHOICE: This Weekend's Best BetsCRITICS' CHOICE: This Weekend's Best Bets
June 19, 2015

Looking for a way to beat the heat this weekend? What's better than sinking into a seat in a darkened auditorium and letting the talented actors onstage whisk you way to a whole different world from the world iin which you toil Monday through Friday? Theater companies throughout the midstate are ready to dazzle you with their latest productions and here are some of this weekend's best bets...
THE FRIDAY FIVE: SHREK's Jackson, Hutchens, Sands and ClarkTHE FRIDAY FIVE: SHREK's Jackson, Hutchens, Sands and Clark
June 19, 2015

Inspired by BroadwayWorld.com's Friday Six, welcome to BroadwayWorld Nashville's latest installment of The Friday Five: five questions designed to help you learn more about the talented people you'll find onstage throughout the Volunteer state. Today, we introduce you to four actors who will have entertain you beginning tonight in Shrek the Musical, directed by First Night Star Award winner Kate Adams for Dickson's The Renaissance Players.
Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 6/18/15Upcoming Auditions in Nashville 6/18/15
June 18, 2015

Directors and producers in the Nashville region are seeking actors for upcoming productions of Heathers the Musical, Smoke/SpiritandThe Music Man - and more! We've gathered the details together here to make your planning easier. So now you have no excuse!
Clarksville's Roxy Regional Theatre Announces 33rd Season OfferingsClarksville's Roxy Regional Theatre Announces 33rd Season Offerings
June 17, 2015

In 1983 an abandoned movie house was saved from the wrecking ball, and onNovember 3, what has become the cornerstone of arts and entertainment in Clarksville-Montgomery County opened to a grand ovation. Now in 2015, the Roxy Regional Theatre is poised to celebrate 33 years of providing an educational and artistic outlet for the Southeast, beginning with the first production of their 33rd year: Lionel Bart's Oliver!
CRITICS' CHOICE: Cool Down in the DarkCRITICS' CHOICE: Cool Down in the Dark
June 16, 2015

Looking for an early summer diversion? We're happy to suggest some theatrical offerings to occupy your time, to keep you out of the heat and humidity - which seems to have really descended upon us this past week - and place you smack in the middle of a darkened auditorium that's certain to cool you down while entertaining you in high style
BWW Reviews: Studio Tenn's THE WIZARD OF OZBWW Reviews: Studio Tenn's THE WIZARD OF OZ
June 15, 2015

There are certain things audiences have come to expect in a new production from Studio Tenn, the Franklin-based, Nashville-nurtured professional theater company headed up by Matt Logan and Jake Speck: You know it will be beautifully designed, sumptuously mounted and impeccably cast.


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