Quincy Ellis

Interview Highlights
Q: What social changes and responsibilities have you seen people making during the pandemic? Do you think the pandemic will make us a more socially conscious society?
I have personally found it is a nice time to work on how we can be more sustainable. The fact we can slow down has allowed me to really look at the habits that I have and the habits of those around me. With all the reports coming out about the environment being more healthy, the observation on what that is and what we do with the planet is very clear. It allows me the time to look and see what I use in the kitchen and be like, “Why am I using plastic wrap?” That is something I have noticed for myself.

Q: Using the idea of “worldmaking” how do you imagine the performing arts world after the pandemic?
...I would love to see the general public realize the performing arts are something that matter. I would also hope that a lot of performing arts entities capitalize on the fact that the performing arts provide something that is important to culture and human connection. I would love to see the performing arts community be more demanding and say we are a necessity. I think in the US, entertainment is a way to get out of your own world, which is totally necessary for the entertainment business in general. I would also hope that art as a way of allowing an audience to think about something and leave a space changed will be more prevalent in the entertainment world. Also that performing artists take more stock in their worth. Dancers are the most underpaid. It shocks me that I break my body everyday and I make dirt change compared to someone who sits at a desk and types on Wall Street...
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Quincy Ellis is a multidisciplinary performing artist living and working in New York City. Born and raised in the great state of Maine, he spent his childhood years training as a gymnast and figure skater. After graduating from Emerson College in Boston, he moved to NYC to pursue a career as a performer. Originally trained in acting, Quincy quickly fell into the world of movement theatre and dance thanks to his previous training in the gym and on the rink. He has had the great fortune of touring both domestically and internationally with companies such as Pilobolus and The Move/Shop, and has performed in NYC with DeFunes Dance, Caliince Dance Co., and Purple Threads Ensemble. When not on stage with dance companies, Quincy can also be found performing along side premiere drag talent in NYC. In addition to his performing work, he has traveled the world teaching both acting and movement techniques to students of all ages.