Ivan Ellis Single debut & Interview
Ivan Ellis’ experience spans across a broad spectrum of theatre, on-screen, and stage performances. At 17 years old, Ivan was cast in his first leading theater role as John the Beloved in the Refuge production of “Jesus of Nazarath” under the direction of Steve Munsey and Winter Dojcinocski. In 2010, he signed with the infamous Chicago-based Gray’s Talent Agency. After the twelve month contract expired, Ivan used the time to fine tune his acting techniques. His first major on-screen appearance was in the 2011 award-winning short film, “L Train”. In the same year, Ivan made an appearance in Jennifer Hudson’s music video, “Where You At?”, which is where he met his soon-to-be music manager, Jelani “Jay” Jones. Determined to stay connected to his musical roots, Ivan signed to Dreamer Management in 2013. After gaining small roles in various movies, stage plays, and music videos Ivan earned his first leading role as Troy in the 2013 movie “You & Me”. 2013 proved to be a major year for Ivan, the singer, as well. He opened for LeToya Luckett at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington DC, performed at various notable events such as African Fest and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and shared the stage with headliners such as: Brandy, Tweet, Syleena Johnson, Amerie, and Raheem DeVaughn. Another milestone presented itself in 2014 when Ivan landed his first prime-time principle role as Vic on episode 207 of the NBC hit series Chicago PD. This achievement led to Ivan being signed to Chicago’s Paonessa Talent Agency.
With a passion that increases with every professional experience, Ivan Ellis has an undeniable commitment to entertainment. He aims to succeed in both industries earning Oscar, Sag and Grammy recognitions.