Associate Professor Trey Ellis Wins Top Prizes at NAACP Theatre Awards

March 21, 2018

Fly written by Associate Professor Trey Ellis and co-writen by Ricardo Kahn received three awards at The NAACP Theatre Awards, including Best Production.


The NAACP Theatre Awards were created in 1991 to honor achievements by people of color in theatre. Since its inception, it has become one of the most prestigious accolades in the industry.


Fly first premiered ten years ago as a one-hour school production presented by the Lincoln Center Institute for Education. It was later expanded to a full-length play and was presented at the Genesis Festival in spring of 2008 where it received extremely positive reviews. Anita Gates, from the New York Times, wrote: “Fly blew me away […] it is a superior piece of theatrical synergy”.


Since then, Fly has played at mayor theatres and festivals all over the country, including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. In fall 2012, it was presented the historic Fords Theater in Washington DC. 


Headshot of Trey Ellis


Trey Ellis is an associate professor in the Film Department. He 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 won a Peabody Award and several NAACP Image Awards.