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Africana Studies Program

Thomas Ellis

Program Coordinator, Africana Studies


  • B.A., California State University, Sacramento
  • M.F.A., Michigan State University

Research/Teaching Interests:

  • African American Theatre and Film

Select Publications:


"Benny Ambush," "Michael Gates," and "Claude Purdy." In Theatrical Directors: 
A Biographical Directory, edited by John W. Frick and Stephen Vallillo. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994

Other Publications

  • “Black Directors Still Plagued by Artistic Apartheid,” Atlanta Journal and Constitution
  • “Chris Rock’s Black Humor Teaches, Irks, Entertains Us,” Fresno Bee

Selected Professional Productions Directed

  • Livin Fat, University of Georgia
  • Split Second, University of Georgia
  • Jungle Bunnies, University of Georgia
  • El Hajj Malik, National Theatre of Nigeria, Lagos
  • Death and the Maiden,  Van Troi Theatre, Santiago, Cuba
  • Golden Child, Novell Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
  • God’s Trombones, California Correctional Facility for Women, Chowchilla, Ca
Thomas Ellis