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. In 1989, Ellis and his partner launched Dare, Tennessee's Lesbian and Gay Newsweekly which later became known as Query. Ellis is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theater 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 - the history of which can be traced to 1989 and the first presentation of The First Night Awards - which honor outstanding theater artisans from Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and also includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors recognition. Midwinter's First Night honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. An accomplished director, Ellis helmed productions of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, all in their Nashville premieres, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show. Ellis was recognized by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. In 2015, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, and in 2016, he directed Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest for The Larry Keeton Theatre. He will direct My Fair Lady for The Keeton in 2017, followed by Daddy's Dyin'...Who's Got the Will? and Mary Poppins.




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Lindsey Mapes Named Education Director at Arts Center of Cannon CountyLindsey Mapes Named Education Director at Arts Center of Cannon County
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Posted: Feb. 10, 2017


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Posted: Jan. 31, 2017


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Tickets Go On Sale Friday for BEAUTIFUL in NashvilleTickets Go On Sale Friday for BEAUTIFUL in Nashville
March 1, 2017

Tickets go on sale Friday for the Nashville debut of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter Carole King, that makes its Music City debut with a one-week engagement at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall May 23-28.

BWW Review: Studio Tenn's Stirring and Staggering THE ELEPHANT MANBWW Review: Studio Tenn's Stirring and Staggering THE ELEPHANT MAN
February 28, 2017

Startling, stunning and evocative performances by an ensemble of Nashville actors performing at the top of their game in an altogether effective and moving production of a contemporary classic: that's what audiences are likely recalling now - hours, days, weeks - after experiencing the latest artistic achievement from Studio Tenn. Following up the opening of their 2016-17 season - a critically lauded revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, which launched the annual Broadway series at Tennessee Performing Arts Center - Studio Tenn presents another Broadway-worthy reiteration in the form of Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man.

Distraction Theatre Company Reveals Ambitious Second SeasonDistraction Theatre Company Reveals Ambitious Second Season
February 28, 2017

Distraction Theatre Company's sophomore season boasts comedy, murder and an original science fiction double-feature, according to details announced at Saturday night's reveal party at The Red Arrow Gallery in East Nashville.

Lori Fischer's GREENER PASTURES Debuts at Cumberland County Playhouse 3/10Lori Fischer's GREENER PASTURES Debuts at Cumberland County Playhouse 3/10
February 28, 2017

The world premiere production of the latest comedy from Lori Fischer - Greener Pastures - opens in Crossville at Cumberland County Playhouse on Friday, March 10, running through April 21.

Acclaimed FISK JUBILEE SINGERS To Headline Ryman 125th Anniversary ConcertAcclaimed FISK JUBILEE SINGERS To Headline Ryman 125th Anniversary Concert
February 28, 2017

The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers - who are among the trailblazing artists who have helped Nashville to assume the moniker of "Music City USA" - will perform at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Sunday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in a concert celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Ryman, which over the course of its history has become known as "the mother church of country music."

High School Drama: Hume-Fogg's ZACH TAYLORHigh School Drama: Hume-Fogg's ZACH TAYLOR
February 28, 2017

As has been the school's theatrical legacy, Rent will feature a cast of talented and ambitious up-and-coming young actors, including Zach Taylor, the senior who will be closing out his high school theatrical career as Roger in the Jonathan Larson musical that is now celebrating its 25th anniversary with an international tour. The Yale University-bound Taylor found time in his harried schedule - what with classes and rehearsals, that's a miracle in and of itself - to take on our High School Drama questions and to offer some background about his love of the stage and what motivates him as he preps a new character for the audience.

ACT 1's 2017 Season Continues with ANGELS IN AMERICAACT 1's 2017 Season Continues with ANGELS IN AMERICA
February 28, 2017

ACT 1 presents Tony Kushner's seminal theatrical achievement Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2, at the Darkhorse Theatre March 11-25. Presented in partnership with Carlton Cornett LCSW and DeWayne Fulton, the production gives Nashville area audiences a rare opportunity to see both parts of Kushner's award-winning work at the same time. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

FRIDAY 5 (+1): Hunter Martin and Robyn SmithFRIDAY 5 (+1): Hunter Martin and Robyn Smith
February 18, 2017

Today, cast members Hunter Martin and Robyn Smith talk about their own journeys to a life in the theater, revealing details about themselves and their process and offering some suggestions for why you need to come see the show, which runs through February 26 in the Shamblin Theatre on the Lipscomb campus.

MY FAIR LADY, Starring Patterson, Lane, Cavin and Robinson Opens TodayMY FAIR LADY, Starring Patterson, Lane, Cavin and Robinson Opens Today
February 16, 2017

Erica Patterson takes on the iconic role of Eliza Doolittle in the upcoming production of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady, running February 16-March 4 at The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson. Cavender Lane will play the supercilious Henry Higgins, with Chris Cavin as Colonel Pickering and Elliott Winston Robinson as Alfred P. Doolittle in the revival, directed by veteran Nashville director (and current senior contributing editor to BroadwayWorld.com/Nashville) Jeffrey Ellis.

FRIDAY 5 (+1): MY FAIR LADY at The Larry Keeton TheatreFRIDAY 5 (+1): MY FAIR LADY at The Larry Keeton Theatre
February 15, 2017

Lerner and Loewe's classic Broadway musical My Fair Lady - based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion - opens tomorrow night at The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson, featuring Erica Patterson (and her understudy Ashley Wolfe, who takes on the iconic role for three performances) as Eliza Doolittle, surrounded by a bevy of Nashville's finest leading men, including Cavender Lane, Elliott Winston Robinson, Chris Cavin, Austin Jeffrey Smith and George Hardimon IV.

FRIDAY 5 (+1) On Wednesday: SEEING STARS IN DIXIEFRIDAY 5 (+1) On Wednesday: SEEING STARS IN DIXIE
February 15, 2017

The 2017 season continues at Nashville's historic and iconic Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre with Ron Osborne's Seeing Stars in Dixie, an affectionate comedy set in a small Southern town in 1956, where the film Raintree County - starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, no less - is being shot!

Keri Pagetta Stars in Workshop Production of THE PASSION OF ETHEL ROSENBERGKeri Pagetta Stars in Workshop Production of THE PASSION OF ETHEL ROSENBERG
February 10, 2017

Carolyn German directs Nashville actress Keri Pagetta in a workshop production of Edward Morris' The Passion of Ethel Rosenberg, to be performed Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the 'Celebrate' venue at Atmalogy Cafe and Event Space, 2320 West End Avenue. Tickets are $10 at the door, but reservations are strongly suggested by calling (615) 874-8715.

FRIDAY 5 (+1): The Leading Ladies of CFTA's 9 to 5: THE MUSICALFRIDAY 5 (+1): The Leading Ladies of CFTA's 9 to 5: THE MUSICAL
February 10, 2017

Opening tonight at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts is 9 to 5: The Musical, the Broadway musical by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick, based upon the hit movie in which Parton played Doralee, a buxom, down-home kind of gal. Directed by Matthew Hayes Hunter, with choreography by Kate Adams-Kramer and musical direction by Emily Dennis, the show features a stunning trio of leading ladies - played by Katie Hahn, Mary Ellen Smith and Memory Strong-Smith - and an ensemble filled with local favorites, including two Matt Smiths...

The Return of FRIDAY 5 (+1): ANTIGONE at Belmont UniversityThe Return of FRIDAY 5 (+1): ANTIGONE at Belmont University
February 10, 2017

In Ara Vito's Southern Gothic-inspired treatment of Sophocles' Antigone, the bond between two sisters is challenged by the tragedies of national and familial conflict. Against the backdrop of a decaying home in middle-of-nowhere country, the air is imbued with history and spirits walk the earth. Tragedy is yesterday and tomorrow and now - uncovered by love, betrayal, death, and hope. Summer Shack directs.

Mayor Megan Barry To Join ABE For 2017 VAGINA MONOLOGUES Benefit PerformanceMayor Megan Barry To Join ABE For 2017 VAGINA MONOLOGUES Benefit Performance
February 3, 2017

Nashville mayor Megan Barry will join Actors Bridge Ensemble (ABE) for its V-Day Nashville 2017 benefit performance of Eve Ensler's award-winning The Vagina Monologues on Friday, February 17, at City Winery, 609 Lafayette Street.

MY FAIR LADY, Starring Patterson, Lane, Cavin and Robinson Opens 2/16MY FAIR LADY, Starring Patterson, Lane, Cavin and Robinson Opens 2/16
February 3, 2017

Erica Patterson takes on the iconic role of Eliza Doolittle in the upcoming production of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady, running February 16-March 4 at The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson. Cavender Lane will play the supercilious Henry Higgins, with Chris Cavin as Colonel Pickering and Elliott Winston Robinson as Alfred P. Doolittle in the revival, directed by veteran Nashville director (and current senior contributing editor to BroadwayWorld.com/Nashville) Jeffrey Ellis.

'9 to 5 Change It!' Awards Presented During Run of CFTA Musical'9 to 5 Change It!' Awards Presented During Run of CFTA Musical
February 1, 2017

Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts presents Dolly Parton's hit Broadway musical - 9 to 5, The Musical - running February 10-26, during which they will recognize local women who have made a difference in the workforce with the presentation of "9 to 5 Change It!" Awards.

STAGE TUBE: 'I'm In Love With a Monster'STAGE TUBE: 'I'm In Love With a Monster'
January 31, 2017

Despite W.C. Fields' warning about working with children and animals, you can now add another role to David Perlman's already impressive resume: adoring dad to a lovable pooch named Winnie Travid, the equally adorable, winsome and mischievous Chihuahua/terrier mix with whom he co-starred in A Dog Story off-Broadway, and who now is the star of his latest music video tribute, set to Fifth Harmony's 'I'm In Love With a Monster.'

KST Studio Offers Winter Showcase of Voice Students 2/4KST Studio Offers Winter Showcase of Voice Students 2/4
January 31, 2017

Singer and vocal coach Katherine Sandoval Taylor of Murfreesboro presents her voice students in the KST Studio of Voice Winter Showcase this coming Saturday, February 4, at 7 p.m. at Washington Theatre at Patterson Park.

Lindsey Mapes Named Education Director at Arts Center of Cannon CountyLindsey Mapes Named Education Director at Arts Center of Cannon County
January 31, 2017

Lindsey Mapes has been named education director at Woodbury's Arts Center of Cannon County, assuming the position previously held by Scarlett Turney, who recently retired from the position after some 34 years of involvement at ACCC.



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