Remembering a Director, a Mentor, and a Friend.
Kathi E.B. Ellis (MFA) was an independent theatre director who has worked around the country at New Theatre and Broward Stage Door Theatre (Carbonell nominations) both in Florida; Pritchard Theatrical Productions and Tibbits Summer Theatre in MI; Cortland Repertory Theatre, NY; Horse Cave Theatre and Balagula Theatre, in KY, among many others.
In addition to her work as a director, Kathi offered actor coaching and teaches at the university/college level, conducts classroom residencies, and writes about the arts and arts education for ARTS Louisville and WFPL.
She also served as one of the co-Artistic directors of Looking for Lilith Theatre Company where she had directed shows around the Louisville area and have been invited to New York for shows Like Alice in Glass.
Kathi was a fierce mentor, a good friend, and the best person to have a drink with and go see a show. You will be greatly missed, my friend.
Elias is the founder, creative director, and mentor at Actors Workshop Louisville. He's also a marketing and social media enthusiast.
With a degree in Film and Video from Columbia College of Chicago. Elias has produced short films and acted for the International Voices Project in Chicago as well as represented multiple brands like Toyota and H&M. In Louisville, he is signed with Heyman Talent and has been in commercials like McDonald's and Signature healthcare. Elias enjoys live music, theatre, Bikram yoga, and champagne on some weekends.
Favorite Movie: Dancer in the Dark and American Beauty
Favorite Music: Bjork, Radiohead, St. Vincent
Favorite Actor: Kate Winslet and Kevin Spacey
Shannon Woolley Allison
Shannon was a founding member of Looking for Lillith theatre company in Louisville KY in 2001. She oversees the development of the company and the execution of their mission in creating both performances and residencies that speak to the needs of those whose voices are unheard.
Shannon performs, directs, and teaches for LFL. Her ongoing work in Kentuckiana classrooms using drama to explore topics such as the 1937 Louisville Flood, the Underground Railroad, and issues of peer pressure and discrimination.
Shannon holds a BFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University, and an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University. For the last 15 years, she has free-lanced as an actor, director, and teaching artist, in addition to her work with LFL.
She is proud to have contracted with The Leadership Program in NYC, City Lights Youth Theatre, StageOne Children’s Theatre, and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. She is proud to be a roster artist for the KY Arts Council, and a member of Alternate ROOTS, The Network of Ensemble Theatres, The Alliance for Theatre in Education, and The Theatre Alliance of Louisville.