Artist Bio

Ella Joyce

(Bio as of March 2018)

Ella Joyce returns to the Goodman, where she previously appeared in Crumbs From The Table of Joy, earning a Jeff Award and Black Theatre Alliance Award for the role of Lily Ann Green. Recently, Joyce received a Los Angeles Ovation Award for August Wilson’s King Hedley II for the role of Ruby. World premiere credits include Risa from Two Trains Running at Yale Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, The Old Globe Theatre and Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Other production credits include Neil Simon’s Barefoot In the Park at Orpheum Theatre, Don’t Get God Started at the Pantages and Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA, Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau at The Detroit Public Theatre and Bossa Nova as a Beinecke Fellow at Yale Repertory Theatre School of Drama. She is a founder and performer at The National Black Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Television credits include Roc, My Wife & Kids, The Jaimie Foxx Show, Seinfeld, Eve and Being Mary Jane. Film credits include Tyler Perry’s Temptation; Nina; Set It Off; Selma, Lord Selma; Bubba Ho-Tep; Stranger Inside; Reality Bites; and the award-winning music video “Waterfalls” by TLC. She is the voice of Zora Neal Hurston in the book-on-tape version of Ruby McCollum by Ron Milner, produced by L.A. Theatre Works. More information at For her trademarked exercise dance classes visit

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