The Playwright

Jason A. Ellis, is a native Jamaican who has been heavily involved in the arts, and performing since the age of two. He has trained, and performed with three arts companies in Jamaica, and competed in national performing arts competitions. When he moved to the United States in 2001, he quickly got engaged in the theater scene, first in Memphis, TN and now in the DC metro suburbs of Alexandria, VA. His passion for working with minority groups and those from a lower economic status has informed his writing, which he views as a tool to educate and empower. Though not expressly religious, his productions do take on a moral and faith-based tone, and generally lean on the side of comedic. Having a background in theater, dance and voice, it is no surprise that he seeks to infuse all these art forms in his theatrical productions, which never belie a distinctly Caribbean flavor. He credits his experience in performing in productions such as “Seven Guitars”, and “A Soldier’s Play” in helping him to develop his writing style. In recent years he can be found doing choreography work for community theater companies along with serving as a WATCH judge. In 2018 he was recognized by the city of Alexandria as a Living Legend for his work as a playwright and later recognized by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce as one of their 40-under-40 recipients for the same work. His commitment to serving youth, is also evidenced professionally. He is the Executive Director of Momentum Collective Inc. (www.momentumcinc.org), and has previously worked as Head of School for a DC Charter School and  served as the Director of Resident and Community Services with the housing authority in Alexandria.

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