(Bio as of April 2018)
Justin Ellington is a composer, arranger, music director, producer, educator, sound designer and pianist. As composer and sound designer, he has worked with companies including Lincoln Center Theater, Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Theater for a New Audience, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater and Center Theatre Group, and has collaborated on new works with acclaimed playwrights including John Guare, Neil LaBute, Will Power, Marcus Gardley, Dominique Morriseau, Dael Orlandersmith, Jon Robin Baitz and Adrianne Kennedy. He arranged, co-orchestrated and composed the music for the Dallas Theater Center production of Stagger Lee, which earned the Dallas Theater Award for Best New Musical. He earned a Grammy Award for his work with Usher on Raymond vs. Raymond and an ASACP award for his work with Nicki Minaj on Pink Friday. In 2014, Ellington was commissioned to compose music for the Center for Civil Human Rights. The project, titled MOVE ACT FREE, led by George C. Wolfe, was awarded a Cinema In Industry (CINDY) Award for production design. He is a member of the American Society of Composer and Publishers, United Scenic Artist local 829 and Koblat Music Group.