Nancy EllisNancy Ellis
Visiting Part-time Lecturer

Fine Arts Building Room 226
Email: ellis@camden.rutgers.edu

Biography

Nancy Ellis is a theater instructor and performer with an interest in the use of theater in education. In conjunction with Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, she created a series of interactive online theater classes, teaching in elementary and high schools throughout the United States and Canada. She has worked on-site at southern N.J. area schools, employing theater techniques to teach across the curriculum. Nancy received Rutgers’ Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003.

As a performer, she has appeared in numerous commercials and industrial films as well as on stage. In Philadelphia, she has worked with Flashpoint Theater (Far Away), Simpatico Theater (Dead Man’s Cell Phone), Penn Dixie Productions (Animal, Animal, Mammal Mine— an original voice/movement piece) and Ward Studio Theater (At the Hand of My Mothe, Getting Out). In Boston, she received an acting citation from ART for her work as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For the Rutgers stage, she has joined with students on As You Like It, Tartuffe and l The Glass Menagerie, playing Amanda Wingfield. Nancy also presents original monologues based on Biblical themes for women’s groups throughout the East Coast.

Nancy received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and Masters’ degrees from Middlebury College and Emerson College. She has worked with Educational Theater practitioners at NYU. Also, she completed three years of training with the Meisner technique as well as extensive training with Linklater voice work.