Kathi E.B. Ellis (MFA) is an independent theatre director who has worked around the country at New Theatre and Broward Stage Door Theatre (Carbonell nominations) both in Florida; Pritchard Theatrical Productions and Tibbits Summer Theatre in MI; Cortland Repertory Theatre, NY; Horse Cave Theatre and Balagula Theatre, in KY, among many others.
Her work ranges from Shakespeare and classical texts to musicals and new plays. Kathi is equally at home in large budget musicals and period pieces as she is in intentionally minimal productions. She is drawn to work that tells compelling stories through complex characters.
Kathi is the co-producer and director for Josephine SummerStage, an annual Shakespearan production inspired by sculpture at Josephine Sculpture Park, 'where art meets the earth'. She is a co-Artistic Director and resident director of Looking for Lilith Theatre Company an ensemble women's theatre company that devises original work. Most recently LFL performed "Alice in Black and White" at 59E59 Theaters in NYC.
In addition to her work as a director, Kathi offers actor coaching, provides dramaturgical services to playwrights, teaches at the university/college level, and conducts classroom residencies. She also writes about the arts and arts education for www.arts-louisville.com and www.wfpl.org.
Kathi is currently researching 19th century Kentucky actress Frances Ann Drake (funded in part by the Kentucky Foundation for Women) and also Shakespearean actress Fanny Kemble, in conjunction with HerStory Production's Shame The Devil! An Audience with Fanny Kemble.