Stephen Ellis, a TX native and recipient of the Paul Newman Award for Acting, recently made his feature film debut opposite Vince Vaughn in the DreamWorks comedy, Delivery Man, directed by Ken Scott. In 2014, he will star opposite Graham Greene and Tom Bower in the role of Touchstone in a bold remake of Shakespeare’s classic, As You Like It, directed by Carlyle Stewart. Most recently, Stephen originated the role of Oren in the world premiere of Kimber Lee’s play Different Words for the Same Thing with the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles. Charles McNulty of the LA Times singled him out as “the most amusing character in the play.”
Stephen made his theatrical debut in 2010 at Lincoln Center/LCT3 in the world premiere of Nick Jones’ Obie-winning comedy The Coward, helmed by directing powerhouse, Sam Gold. Following his breakout performance in The Coward, he appeared in Melissa Ross’ Thinner Than Water with the critically acclaimed Labyrinth Theater Company. He was honored to be a part of a cast Variety called “supremo.”
Stephen has also been instrumental in developing new plays at Lincoln Center, MCC, Soho Rep, Labyrinth, EST, NYTW, McCarter Theater, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Ars Nova, The Public Theater, and Center Theater Group, and he has had the fortune of starring alongside such acclaimed veterans as Jesse Eisenberg, David Schwimmer, Jessica Hecht, David Zayas, Kristen Schaal, and Jay O. Sanders.
Stephen is also an active voice-over artist and has starred in several high-profile national commercials (including Verizon, Orbitz, Carnival Cruise, and Wendy’s).
Stephen is a graduate of Kenyon College and The National Theater Institute, where he studied under Brian Dennehy and The Royal Shakespeare Company. He is represented on both coasts by Don Buchwald and Associates/Fortitude for Film, Theatre and Television and Abrams Artists for Commercials.