Greg Jones Ellis received a 2017 Julie Harris Playwriting Award for his comedy-drama All Save One, set in Hollywood in the 1950s. The play was first performed as a staged reading at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of its 2017 Page-to-Stage New Plays Festival. All Save One was then chosen by the Washington Stage Guild in Washington, DC, as a World Premiere production in its 2018-19 season, opening November 15, 2018.
Ellis’s previous plays include Divinity Place, which received its World Premiere in 2017 at the North Street Playhouse in Onancock, Virginia. Based on the playwright’s parents’ wedding, the comedy, set during WWII, is published by Stage Rights (www.stagerights.com). Ellis collaborated with the late Michael Lee Stockler on a musical version of Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear titled Lying Together, as well as an industrial musical commissioned by Robert Moss, founder of Playwrights Horizons in New York City, for the Meriwether’s restaurant chain.
His most recent work is a double bill of one-act plays: the first act is an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s short story Roman Fever; this is followed by an original comedy entitled Culver City Fever, which was recently read as part of the Kennedy Center’s 2018 Page-to-Stage Festival. His a new contemporary drama about the tragic consequences of a daytime talk show, tentatively titled Dead Air, will be performed as a reading at the 2019 Page-to-Stage Festival. .
Related theater experience includes acting in more than sixty stage productions throughout the U.S. As a singer/musician, high points in his career include performing with jazz legend Max Roach in the U.S. and Europe, and singing at Carnegie Hall in support of opera star Roberta Peters.
Ellis has also published theatre-related articles, including a peer-reviewed analysis of Langston Hughes’s monologue poems entitled “The Lifelong Dinner Guest of the Negro Vogue” and profiles of playwrights Marsha Norman and Paul Zindel for Biography magazine. Ellis created a 10-week course “10 Plays Everyone Should Know” for the University of Delaware’s Osher Institute that proved so popular that two “sequel” courses followed.
He earned his B.A. (magna cum laude) in Drama at Catholic University and an M.A. (with high honors) in English Literature from Salisbury University. He also studied cinema with renowned film historian William K. Everson at New York University and playwriting with Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House Part 2) at Stony Brook University. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.