-Keith Gow review of Romeo and Juliet (Melbourne Shakespeare Company, 2018)
WhatDidSheThink Planet Arts review of Romeo and Juliet (Melbourne Shakespeare Company, 2018)
2014-16 Bachelor of Arts, Acting | Federation University |
Classical Stage & Screen Acting | Kim Durban, Ross Hall, Paul Hampton, Nell Feeney
Voice | Julianne Eveleigh, Margaret Mills
Dance | Tom Hodgson, Teresa Colantuono
Singing | Dave Barclay
2018 Adv. Improv (The Groundlings) | 16thStreet Actors Studio | Phyllis Katz
2018 Sketch Comedy Lv. 1&2 | The Improv Conspiracy | Caitlyn Staples
2017 Stage Combat | New Zealand SCS | Alexander Holloway
2017 Shakespeare & Co. Workshop | 16thStreet Actors Studio | Jane Nichols,Dave Demke
2017 Clowning & Physical Theatre | Laugh Masters Academy | Kimberley Twiner
2017 Chicago-Style Improv. Lv. 1&2 | The Improv. Conspiracy | Broni Lisle, Zoe Gough
2018 Understudy/Alice/Red Queen/Other Alice in Wonderland | Australian Shakespeare
Company | Otis Elston
2018 Benvolio Romeo and Juliet | Melbourne Shakespeare Company | Jennifer Dean
2018 Ensemble Player Team Labrador | The Improv Conspiracy Theatre (Sketch)
2018 Ensemble Sketch Showcase | The Improv Conspiracy | Caitlyn Staples
2018 Olivia Twelfth Night | Australian Shakespeare Company | Glenn Elston
2018 Asst. Director Twelfth Night | Melbourne Shakespeare Company | Jennifer Dean
2018 Co-Dir./Head Rabbit Wind in the Willows | Australian Shakespeare Company (Sale)
2017/18 Improviser/Ensemble Soothplayers: Improvised Shakespeare | Andrew Strano
2017/18 Ensemble Member Stiff Company | Butterfly Club | Lucinda Griffin
2017 Improviser Live Music Video | The Improv. Conspiracy | Carly Ellis
2016 Miranda The Tempest | Melbourne Shakespeare Company | Jennifer Dean
2016 Orlando As You Like It | Federation University Actors | Kim Durban
2016 Vera Yours Everlastingly, Fred | La Mama Mobile | Carly Ellis
2016 Dancer The Moon’s A Balloon | Patch Theatre Company | Naomi Edwards
2016 Singer/Composer Love and Information | Federation University | Kirsten Von Bibra
2015-16 Actor/Various Pantomimes Sovereign Hill | Barry Kay
2015 Masha Three Sisters | Federation University Actors | James Wardlaw
2019 Ensemble Cast (TV) Mainland Tonight | Ella Caulfield
2019 Extra/Teacher Glenridge Secondary College | Aunty Donna |
2018 Featured Role James Harper Commercial | Impel Pictures | Darcy Conlan
2017 Emily/Lead TAC | Web Commercial | Annette Omondi
2017 Featured Role/Self Medibank Online Commercial | BBE | Kitty Jonsson
2017 TVC Lead The Story Lives On | Fiction Film Company | Natalie James
2017 TVC Lead Craigs Royal Hotel Ad | Mass Motion Company | Jane Walsh
2018 Irishwoman (Singer) Sovereign Hill Sound and Lights Show | Justin Weyers
2018 Jody Thumb A Ride (Tropfest Submission) | What’s In the Box Prod. | Darren Collinson
2017 Lead/Victorian Lady A Victorian Silhouette | Sovereign Hill | Erin Santamaria
*Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) Film Winner
2017 Lead Role/Victim Another Woman Down MV | Blackwater Films | Byron Brocchman
2017/18 Scarer/Clown Circus of Screams Luna Park | Hema Mudiyanselange
2017 Dame Club Italia/Eventcepts | Commedia Dell’arte | Mirko Grillini
2017 Lead Model A Victorian Silhouette | Melbourne Fashion Fest. | Erin Santamaria
- Trained singer with soprano/high alto range.
- Trained improviser and comedy writer
- Advanced skills in visual art. Portraiture, realism.
- Highly competent with specialized makeup and FX makeup.
- Intermediate skills in tap, ballet, jazz and contemporary dance.
- Competent with UK accents: Scottish, Irish (Northern and Southern) English (Northern, Yorkshire, Cockney/London, RP) and Standard & Southern American.
Accordion, Autoharp, Harmonium, Irish Tin Whistle (Beg/Int.)
Carly, 24, is a passionate classically trained actor and lover of all things comedy. Carly grew up watching shows like Frasier and Saturday Night Live. She once went to the hair dressers on her own accord, aged 6, with a picture of Daphne from Frasier and asked for the then very unfashionable ‘Daphne’ cut.
A graduate of the Bachelor of Arts, Acting programme at Federation University (2016), Carly has trained in classical and contemporary theatre acting, voice, dance and film. Since graduating, Carly has played Miranda in The Tempest; “Ellis… has tender moments that are both touching and comical,” (Heather Bloom, Australian Stage.)In 2018 Carly co-directed, musical directed and played Head Chief Rabbit in the Australian Shakespeare Company’s Wind in the Willows in Sale and played Olivia in the Australian Shakespeare Company’s Twelfth Night.
Carly is passionate about comedy writing and performance, and has worked tirelessly over the past two years to further her skills in improvisation and sketch writing and performance. Carly performs monthly with her sketch comedy group Labrador (The Improv Conspiracy Theatre). Carly also writes and performs for sketch comedy web series Straight Absurd.
Some of Carly’s other theatre credits include Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Melbourne Shakespeare Company), Orlando in As You Like It, Vera in Yours Everlastingly, Fred for La Mama Mobile (Carly’s self-written and directed show), and Live Music Video, Carly’s own show, performed at The Improv Conspiracy Theatre wherein she sings and plays improvised songs on a number of musical instruments. Carly is a trained singer and self-taught musician with a particular penchant for classical vocal technique.
This year, a short film in which Carly starred, A Victorian Silhouette,won the coveted Melbourne Fashion Festival Film Award, and is now screened in Virgin in-flight entertainment systems and in theaters and museums across the country. Carly was proud to visit the launch of the permanent exhibition by the same title at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in which Carly is heavily featured.
Carly’s goal is to create memorable, hilarious characters and to write for stage and television. Her dreams span from treading the boards of the UK’s National and Globe Theatres, to creating her own TV comedy show.