Kathi Ellis is committed to creating theater about stories that must be told, frequently ones that have been lost or hidden over time. Kathi brings this commitment to classroom settings, community-based and social-issue driven projects, traditional theaters, and projects with large budgets or no budgets
Kathi creates theatrical experience in the classroom and on stage that fully engage participants and audience alike, in which the collective elements create a shared aesthetic in service to the production, with the director/teacher’s vision driving the engagement and aesthetic. She believes in creating an environment in which each student/artist is able to perform to the best of his or her individual ability.
Kathi believes that if artists do not reach out and work with, and in, our communities, that experience only stays in the rehearsal room. If artists do not introduce youth to the best that theater can be, then we have no future artists, audiences, advocates or funders. If the community is not engaged then there is no widespread support for telling our stories “The play is the thing …”.
Potential Residency Project
Kathi offers residencies at the elementary, middle and high school levels within the framework of Kentucky’s Academic Standards for the Arts and the National Standards for Arts Education. Her classroom work embraces the four artistic processes of creating, performing/presenting/producing, responding and connecting.
Residencies can be tailored to include any aspect of theater (performance, playwriting, particular periods or genres, production elements, etc.) and to integrate with other curriculum content (e.g., history, literature, music, dance, visual arts, practical living, etc.)
Any of Kathi's residencies can be adapted to various lengths of time; the optimum residency length is 10 days. Kathi also conducts residencies in partnership with other roster artists.
Kathi is a member of the VSA Kentucky roster of teaching artists, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, Stage Directors and Choreographers, and the League of Professional Theatre Women. In addition to classroom residencies, Kathi conducts professional development sessions independently.