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Kathi E.B. Ellis
Theatre Director and Teaching Artist

Member, Lincoln Center and Chicago Directors' Labs
Associate Member, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

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Shakespeare

   
The Winter’s Tale New Theatre Coral Gables, FL
Cymbeline New Theatre Coral Gables, FL
Women of Will (adapted) ShoeString Productions for KY Shakespeare Louisville, KY
Macbeth Josephine SummerStage Frankfort, KY
The Tempest Josephine SummerStage Frankfort, KY
As You Like It Josephine SummerStage Frankfort, KY
The Winter's Tale Josephine SummerStage Frankfort, KY
Henry V (all female cast) Josephine SummerStage Frankfort, KY
Much Ado About Nothing (all female cast) Looking for Lilith Theatre Company Louisville, KY
Women of Will (adapted) Looking for Lilith Theatre Company Louisville, KY
The Winter’s Tale (asst dir to Dennis Krausnick) The Playhouse, Belknap Campus Louisville, KY
Titus Andronicus (asst dir to Dennis Krausnick) The Thrust, Belknap Campus Louisville, KY
Hamlet Public Theatre of Kentucky Bowling Green, KY
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Studio Players Lexington, KY
Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth Theatre 80 Calgary, Canada
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Theatre 80 Calgary, Canada
Shame the Devil! An Audience with Fanny Kemble (touring production) HerStory Productions regional tour
Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Pleiades Theatre Company Louisville, KY
I Hate Hamlet Shawnee Theatre Green County, IN
     

Musicals

   
West Side Story (Carbonell Nomination) Broward Stage Door Theatre Coral Springs, FL
Jekyll and Hyde (Carbonell Nomination) Broward Stage Door Theatre Coral Springs, FL
Man of La Mancha Cortland Repertory Theatre Cortland, NY
Spunk (asst. dir to Seret Scott) Actors Theatre of Louisville Louisville, KY
Hello Dolly! Broward Stage Door Theatre Coral Springs, FL
South Pacific Kincaid Regional Theatre Falmouth, KY
A, My Name Is Still Alice Pleiades Theatre Company Louisville, KY
Dames At Sea Shelby County Theatre Shelbyville, KY
Oklahoma! Theatre Atchison Atchison, KS
The Loman Family Picnic Kentucky Contemporary Theatre Louisville, KY
Juneteenth Cotton Club Review (asst. director to Lorna Littleway) Juneteenth Legacy Theatre Louisville, KY
     

Classics

   
Ghosts (asst. dir to Liviu Ciulei) Arena Stage Washington DC
Light Up the Sky Horse Cave Theatre Horse Cave, KY
The Mousetrap Horse Cave Theatre Horse Cave, KY
Arsenic and Old Lace Country Dinner Playhouse Denver, CO
The Glass Menagerie ShoeString Productions Louisville, KY
The Zoo Story ShoeString Productions Louisville & Lexington, KY
The Lion in Winter Actor’s Choice Louisville, KY
The House of Bernarda Alba (Mann translation) Looking for Lilith Theatre Company Louisville, KY
Betrayal Theatre Atchison Atchison, KS
Stage Struck Theatre Atchison Atchison, KS
The Real Inspector Hound Roundtable Theatre Louisville, KY
Faith Healer Roundtable Theatre Louisville, KY
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Kentucky Contemporary Theatre Louisville, KY
The Rainmaker Kentucky Contemporary Theatre Louisville, KY
The Miracle Worker Shawnee Theatre Green County, IN
Same Time, Another Year Pritchard Theatrical Productions Marshall, MI
     

Contemporary

   
Top Dog/Underdog Actor’s Choice Louisville, KY
Jar the Floor Actors Guild Lexington, KY
A Steady Rain Balagula Theatre Lexington, KY
Eurydice The Alley Theater Louisville, KY
Sylvia Tibbits Summer Theatre Coldwater, MI
Stones in his Pockets ShoeString Productions Louisville, KY
Art ShoeString Productions Louisville, KY
Slaughter City Pleiades Theatre Company Louisville, KY
Necessary Targets Pleiades Theatre Company Louisville, KY
Women Behind Bars The Alley Theater Louisville, KY
As It Is In Heaven Looking for Lilith Theatre Company Louisville, KY
Body Awareness Looking for Lilith Theatre Company Louisville, KY
Social Security Circa 21 Playhouse Rock Island, IL
Noises Off Louisville Repertory Company Louisville, KY
Social Security Pritchard Theatrical Productions Marshall, MI
     

New Works

   
The As If Body Loop
(asst. dir to Susan Booth)
Humana Festival of New Plays, ATL Louisville, KY
Alice Moments:  Echoes, Ripples, and Light
(an original work funded by NEA)
Pleiades Theatre Company Louisville, KY
Alice in Black and White
[Robin Rice Lichtig] (world premier)
Looking for Lilith Theatre Company Louisville, KY
E.G.O.: The Passions of Eugene O'Neill
[Jo Morello] (world premier)
Balagula Theatre Lexington, KY
The Snowflake Theory
[Nancy Gall-Clayton] (world premier)
The Bard’s Town Theatre Louisville, KY
Fabric, Flames, and Fervor: Girls of the Triangle
(original devised Looking for Lilith work)
Manhattan Theatre Source New York City, NY
Beyond the Blue Mountains
(devised work based on Jane W. Joyce’s poetry)
Looking for Lilith Louisville, KY
What My Hands Have Touched
(original devised work)
Looking for Lilith Louisville, KY
Crossing Mountains
(original devised work)
Looking for Lilith Louisville, KY
Six Women Turning 60 in 2006
(a national touring festival of original works)
Kentucky Festival KY production
Here Am I Send Me
[Benard Cummings]
Juneteenth Festival of New Works Louisville, KY
Mother of Civil Rights
[Be Boyd]
Juneteenth Festival of New Works Louisville, KY
Faith, Hope & Charity: Mary McLeod Bethune Story
[Samuel Kelley]
Juneteenth Festival of New Works Louisville, KY
Fluffy
[Nancy Gall-Clayton]
Finnigan Productions Louisville, KY
Sympathy for the Techno
[Ben Unwin]
Finnigan Productions Louisville, KY
The Librarian
[Nancy Gall-Clayton]
Finnigan Productions Louisville, KY
The Chocolate Girl
[David Clark]
Finnigan Productions Louisville, KY
Kentucky Women
(adapted and directed)
Public Radio Partnership (WFPL) Louisville, KY
     

Staged Readings—primarily new  works

 
Dog(Run) Diaries [Andrew Kramer] Pandora Productions New Play Project Louisville, KY
8 [Dustin Lance Black] Pandora Productions Louisville, KY
Becoming Harold Pinter (part of 2011 national readings) ShoeString Productions Louisville, KY
SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan (part of 2012 national readings) ShoeString Productions Louisville, KY
Gun Control Plays (part of 2013 national reading) ShoeString Productions Louisville, KY
DWB:  Driving While Black [Samuel Kelley] Juneteenth Legacy Theatre, New Play Series Louisville, KY
Stonethrower [Graham Bronson] Juneteenth Legacy Theatre, New Play Series Louisville, KY
Mother’s Day [J.E. Robinson] Juneteenth Legacy Theatre, New Play Series Louisville, KY
My Fair Gentleman [Betty Arnett] Juneteenth Legacy Theatre, New Play Series Louisville, KY
Habeas Corpus [Samuel Kelley] Juneteenth Legacy Theatre, New Play Series Louisville, KY
Women of the 15th State [Nancy Gall Clayton] Independent Production Louisville, KY
The Colored Door at the Train Depot [Nancy Gall-Clayton] Independent Production Louisville, KY
Lysistrata (part of 2003 IWD national readings) Independent Production Louisville, KY
     

University/College Theatre                                                                        

 
The Real Inspector Hound (faculty guest director) Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
The Color of Justice [Cheryl L Davis] Juneteenth Festival of New Works, UofL Louisville, KY
Julius Caesar (guest associate director) University of Louisville Louisville, KY
Antigone (guest director) UofL Repertory Company Louisville, KY
Oedipus Rex (guest director) Uof L Repertory Company Louisville, KY
Our Country’s Good  (faculty guest director) Bellarmine College Louisville, KY
Of Mice and Men (faculty guest director) Bellarmine College Louisville, KY
You Can’t Recant the Cant (Brecht Festival) Bellarmine University Louisville, KY
Women of Will (adaptor and guest director) UofL Repertory Company Louisville, KY
The Bacchae (associate director, grad student) University of Louisville Louisville, KY
Antigone (assistant director, grad student) UofL Repertory Company Louisville, KY
The Glass Menagerie (assistant director, grad student) UofL Repertory Company Louisville, KY
Good Person of Setzwan (assistant director, grad student) UofL Repertory Company Louisville, KY
Love Letters University of Louisville Louisville, KY
The Owl Answers University of Louisville Louisville, KY
The Crucible University of East Anglia Norwich, England
     

K-12 Theatre

 
The Yellow Boat The Alley Theater for Young Audiences Louisville, KY
Antigone Bardstown High School Bardstown, KY
The Giver Bardstown High School Bardstown, KY
Patterns We Create (a Bloom Theatre Project) Assumption High School Louisville, KY
…By Our Sisters (based on oral histories) Kentucky History Center Frankfort, KY
Seussical the Musical Parkview Middle School Jeffersonville, IN
Charlotte's Web St. Nicholas Academy Louisville, KY
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe St. Nicholas Academy Louisville, KY
The Phantom Tollbooth St. Nicholas Academy Louisville, KY
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