Ellis “Blusoul” Rice is from Kinloch, Missouri. Upon graduation from the Webster College Conservatory of Theatre Arts, he landed the title role in Purlie at the Plantation Dinner Theatre and the role of Capt. Charles in No Time for Sergeants at the Waldo Astoria Dinner Theatre in Kansas City, Mo., then toured with the Imaginary Theatre Company. He studied at the Performing Arts Group in West Hollywood and completed music pro grams at the Jamie Faunt School of Music and the Dick Grove School of Jazz and Composition.
Ellis co-founded two theatre companies, the St. Louis-based Afrikan Peoples Arts Continuum Theatre and the performance arts collective The Hittite Empire in Los Angeles, CA. with whom he performed at the Serious Fun Festival at Lincoln Center in New York, the Atlanta Black Arts Festival, the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, the International Creative Arts Festival in London, and the historic Moulin Rouge Hotel in Las Vegas.
Since Bold Willie Brown, his first solo Las Vegas performance presented at West Las Vegas Library, Ellis has acted with the Rainbow Company and the Ira Aldridge Players, worked in various arts, administrative, technical and creative positions with the City of Las Vegas, Clark County, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, The Smith Center and The Natural History Museum. He has performed with his band, Blusoul, and in a duo with the late Dr. Bob Elliot at venues throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Ellis is currently Director of Blusoul Productions, a multi-media production company which creates a safe, welcoming and nurturing environment for audio & video training. It provides technical and creative artistic support services for marginalized and emerging community based performing artists and organizations.
“I believe the“who we are” is the sum total of our memories. I believe we are the living streams of history, carving individual paths on our journey to the eternal blue sea. I believe we each have a unique story to tell and share. We are history. Every day.”
In the words of Miles Davis,
it’s "All Blues.”
Ellis "Blusoul" Rice is currently available for performance and cultural events. Book your Solo Vocal and Piano, with Blusoul Band, Master of Ceremonies or Voice over event today. Contact us for availability, rider and fee requirements for your next event.
A discussion on Nia-Purpose, The fifth principle of Kwanzaa. Speaker Ellis "Blusoul" Rice . Presented by The West Las Vegas Arts Center at the West Las Vegas Library Theater December 30, 2023.