Courses Taught :
Institutions/Professional Companies with which Dr. Ellison has worked :
After receiving degrees from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX and the University of Arizona, Dr. Ellison received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis.
From 1990-1994 Dr. Ellison directed and/or choreographed several productions at The Great American History Theatre in St. Paul Minnesota. Among these were the world premieres of Nina, Mesabi Red, Last Hootch at the Hollyhocks and Olle From Laughtersville, all of which he choreographed. For several years, Dr. Ellison has served as a judge for Region III (Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin) of the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF), sponsored by the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C.
An active member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Dr. Ellison has served as both Conference Planner and Focus Group Representative for the Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group. He served as the Vice President for ATHE's 20th Anniversary 2006 Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr, Ellison has also taught master classes in musical theatre from Fortworth to New Hampshire. In April of 2010 he taught at the Danish Musical Academy in Fredericia, Demark. In addition he has also been an instructor at The Stage School in Hamburg, Germany.
Production or Film Credits:
Dr. Ellison staged a world premiere concert, "The Music of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg in Concert," in Manila, the Philippines, starring Lea Salonga of Miss Saigon fame. He worked as lyricist on an original musical, Free Fall, with music by Jeffrey Biering and book by Bruce Linser, which had a workshop performance in New York City at The Broadway Theatre Institute in 2004. That same year Dr. Ellison directed The Fantasticks at the Huron Playhouse and taught master classes both in NYC and at Tanglewood.
He has directed and/or choreographed a wide range of shows at BGSU, including A Comedy of Errors(coordinating choreographer), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (director/choreographer), Songs for a New World (director/choreographer), Children of Eden (director), How To Succeed in Business (choreographer), Cabaret (director/choreographer) and Company (choreographer and co-director). In 2007 Dr. Ellison served as acting coach and choreographer for the North American premiere of the baroque opera La Virtu di Strali d'Amore, a collaboration between the Department of Theatre and Film and the College of Musical Arts, which performed at BGSU and toured to Eastman School of Music.
In 2008 he performed thirty minutes of his own original material (monologues and songs) as part of the mini-Fringe Festival at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference in Denver.
Ellison performed a one man show, Burning man, in August 2009. In August 2010, Dr. Ellison also wrote and performed an original one man show named EvolTT: Evolve, Transform, and Transmute.
Dr. Ellison's original musical Key Changes had a workshop production at Bowling Green State University in November of 2009. Ellison wrote a book, lyrics, most of lead vocal lines, and directed Key changes. He also was invovled in a New York showcase in July 2010 at the Harry Warren Theatre (an Off Off Broadway house located in Brooklyn), with composer and musical arranger Damian Stout.
Union or Professional Organizations :
Research / Publications :
Dr. Ellison's research interests include musical theatre pedagogy, acting and directing on stage and screen, the use of stillness on stage and screen, and the actor/singer/dancer as a model for integrating skills.
He co-authored, with graduate student David Sollish, an article title "Dancing Intimacy and Its Loss," which was published in the Fall 2008 edition of The Sondheim Review. Dr. Ellison co-authored, with Dr. Lesa Lockford, an article on the musical Evita and the commodification of personality, which appeared in the 2004 issue of Theatre Annual. With graduate student Travis Malone, he has co-authored an article on the musical Chicago on stage and screen, the findings of which were presented at the Central States Communication Association conference in Cleveland , Ohio in March 2004. His article "Movement Considerations for Actor/Puppeteers" was published in The Puppetry Yearbook in 2002.