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Robbie Ellis

Robbie Ellis


Robbie Ellis is a music director and teacher with the Second City Training Center. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, he’s performed improv all over New Zealand and Australia, including as Musical Co-ordinator for multiple New Zealand Improv Festivals.

He moved to Chicago in 2015. Since then, he’s worked for Second City aboard the Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Breakaway, on touring companies, and at the Training Center. He also performs with VAMP at MCL Chicago, with Hitch-cocktails at The Annoyance Theater, at ComedySportz home shows, with Storytown Improv for the kids, and has composed and music directed several musicals and sketch shows.

Robbie also presents classical radio for 98.7 WFMT; composes and arranges music for orchestras, chamber ensembles, choirs etc; and writes and performs his own comedy songs from the piano. He’s slowly working on an album, and slowly working his way through the Second City Writing Program.