-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



2018   Voice Over Emmi | Picture Thinking | Justin Weyers
2018   Various UK Characters  Sovereign Hill Sound & Light Show | Justin Weyers


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.


Piano (intermediate)

Guitar (intermediate/bluegrass)

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 ItVera 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.