Associate Professor Trey Ellis is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, an American Book Award Winning novelist, and playwright. He has written screenplays for, among others, Columbia Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, HBO and Showtime. Along with the Emmy nomination, his HBO film, The Tuskegee Airmen, also went on to win a Peabody Award and several NAACP Image Awards. His screenplay for the Showtime film Good Fences, which starred Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover and was produced by Spike Lee, was shortlisted by PEN West for best teleplay and premiered at the Sundance Film festival.
Mr. Ellis is both an alumnus of the Sundance Institute and a Sundance international mentor. He was the subject of a half-hour PBS documentary and was featured in the book, Why We Write: Personal Statements and Photographic Portraits of 25 Top Screenwriters. Mr. Ellis’ first novel, Platitudes, was published in the United States and in France, followed by the novels, Home Repairs and Right Here, Right Now which won an American Book Award and was named one of the notable books of the year by The Washington Post. He is also author of the memoir, Bedtime Stories: Adventures in the Land of Single-Fatherhood. His first play, Fly, was produced by The Lincoln Center Institute and performed at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. When Mr. Ellis was a recent graduate of Stanford University, he published the essay, "The New Black Aesthetic". Since then it has been reprinted dozens of times, cited in over sixty academic texts, and the term “New Black Aesthetic,” along with “cultural mulatto,” also coined by Mr. Ellis, are now routinely cited by scholars.