Who am I?

I am a Seattle-based dramaturg, theatre scholar, and programming consultant for performing arts organizations. As a queer, black femme I seek to uplift stories by and for black queer communities. All aspects of my work are grounded in anthropological, africana, and queer theory. I am on a mission to queer dramaturgy - how may dramaturgs actively reimagine the field and how may dramaturgs actively center queer ideologies in theatrical work? I have an M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Houston and a B.A. in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary. I am also proud to serve as the Vice President of Institutions for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. 

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"With the aid of choreographer Courtney D. Jones, Brown has an exceptional artistic vision and creates a production that one can't miss. Brown and Jones have had the help of up-and-coming dramaturg Jess Elaine Ellison. Ellison's work is expertly seen throughout this production and helps create 1960s Houston in a vividly intense way."

-Armando Urdiales, Broadway World Houston