Scott Ellis

Scott Ellis (born April 19, 1957) is an American stage director, actor, and television director.

Scott Ellis
Born (1957-04-19) April 19, 1957
OccupationDirector, executive producer, actor
Years active1980present


Ellis graduated from DePaul University's Goodman School of Drama in Chicago.[1] He also graduated from James W. Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, VA, in 1975. He studied acting at HB Studio[2] in New York City. Ellis has a twin brother named Mark Ellis, who is the Executive Director of the International Bar Association.

Before he became a director, Ellis was a successful stage actor; he performed on Broadway in the original casts of the 1980 original musical Musical Chairs and The Rink with Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera.[3][4]

He has directed numerous Off-Broadway and Broadway productions, as well as the New York City Opera Company revivals at the New York State Theater: A Little Night Music (1990) and 110 in the Shade (1992).

Ellis has been the Associate Artistic Director for the Roundabout Theatre since 1998.[5]

He has been nominated for the Tony Award as Best Director nine times: the revival of She Loves Me (1994), Steel Pier (1997), the revival of 1776 (1998), Twelve Angry Men (2005), Curtains (2007), the revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2013), the revival of You Can't Take It with You (2015), another revival of She Loves Me (2016), and Tootsie (2019). He received the 1991 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Director of a Musical, for And The World Goes Round. He won the Olivier Award as Best Director, Musical, for She Loves Me.[6]

He was the executive producer for the television drama Weeds on Showtime, and has directed television episodes of Modern Family, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Hung, 30 Rock, Desperate Housewives, The Closer and Frasier.[1] He received an Emmy Award nomination in 2007 for directing the episode "The Break Up" of the comedy series 30 Rock.

In 2010, Playbill announced that Ellis was expected to direct upcoming musical adaptations of the 1930s films The Blue Angel and Little Miss Marker. Both would have books by David Thompson.[7]



  • "Scott Ellis Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  • "PLAYBILL.COM'S BRIEF ENCOUNTER with Scott Ellis" by Ernio Hernandez,, January 26, 2006
  • Ellis Bio American Theatre Wing


  1. "Scot Ellis", accessed June 7, 2013
  2. HB Studio Alumni
  3. Ellis Nassour. "Scott Ellis Is an Actor's Director". Playbill date: November 19 2008 accessed: March 8 2016
  4. Scott Ellis at the Internet Broadway Database
  5. "Scott Ellis Takes a New Roundabout Post" The New York Times (webcache), September 4, 1998
  6. "Olivier Awards, 1995", retrieved October 24, 2017
  7. Robert Simonson. "Scottsboro Librettist David Thompson Working on New Musicals With Stew, Scott Ellis". Playbill, date: April 1, 2010 accessed: March 8 2016
  8. Scott Ellis (director), Dee Johnson (writer) (2009-10-06). "Home". The Good Wife. Season 1. Episode 3. CBS.
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