Jack Ellis was born in Mount Gambier, South Australia. Throughout his high school years he embraced his many diverse interests; he studied drama while also being captain of the school AFL football team, and excelling in ballet classes.
Jack moved to Adelaide in 2005 and studied Psychology at Flinders University before changing degrees. He completed a Bachelor of Education/Arts (Flinders Uni), majoring in English and Drama. While studying Jack had a daily radio show at SAFM and also appeared in two community television productions. He was Drama Coordinator at Saint Margaret Mary’s Catholic school in Adelaide before being accepted in the full time acting course at NIDA in 2012.
Since graduating from NIDA in 2014, Jack has appeared in Channel 7’s Home and Away, feature film 2:22, short films Trigger and Stranger, as well as starring as the lead role in feature film, The Debt Collector. He recently performed the lead in New York in the off-Broadway production of Wolf in the River.
Jack has worked as a movement/drama practitioner at NIDA, Sport for Jove Theatre company, Actors Centre, The Academy of Film, Television and Theatre School as well as the Sydney Drama School. He has worked as an actor, guest speaker, mentor, performing arts professional, tutor, arts facilitator, artist (he loves both painting and drawing) radio show host and school teacher for various primary and high schools.
The Goodfellas Program recently trekked to Queensland to visit our school at Redbank Plains State High School. From pre-event organisation to program delivery on the day and follow up post visit, the Goodfellas team was nothing short of amazing – they presented to a cohort of our Year 9 boys and delivered engaging and insightful information into debunking a number of damaging myths young men face and deal with regularly during their journeys through adolescence. I had the pleasure of sitting in on presentations by both Ben and Jack – two respectable young men who captured the attention of our cohort and engaged our students throughout their presentations. What a fantastic supplemental program to our social wellbeing and resilience program that we deliver at Redbank Plains State High School! A big thank you to the team at Goodfellas for value adding and providing our young men with not only strategies to debunk further myths they may face, but key messages about the importance of being a strong male in society – a “Goodfella”. We look forward to you returning to our community in 2018.
As a large comprehensive High School we find it difficult to find presenters and workshops that engage boys in that Yr 9/10 age bracket. The boys usual response is to rubbish it before it starts. In the middle of the year we enlisted 'goodfellas' to work with over one hundred boys. We deliberately did not tell the students too much about the day as we did not want them coming in with pre-conceived ideas about the level of relevance to them. After 10 minutes Ben Barber who ran the program had them hooked. This level of engagement flowed onto the rest of the workshop and we even had the boys asking if we could have them back at another time. For me a lot of the presentations I book are a bit like washing your car, you know when you have done it, but you don't see much evidence after a month. Although the group of boys were not bad in any way they needed a lift and some identity to the school and I can say that the 'goodfellas' program has done that nine months down the track, and we can still see the effects of this program. I recommend 'goodfellas' to any school looking for a worthwhile positive program for teenage boys.
Thank you Jack and Dannielle - what an extraordinary day in the lives of our young Year 10 men. Our key words for the cohort this year are respect and integrity. Today, Jack, you demonstrated to them exactly how that looks. It was incredible to see how engaged and attentive they were and I look forward to seeing their ideas in action as the year progresses. Such powerful messages delivered with such authenticity.
The Goodfellas presenters were brilliant - so engaging and approachable! Many of our students find school a challenge but the feedback they gave us showed they connected to the program in a deep, and thoughtful way. Our event was simply amazing!
I just wanted to convey how outstanding Jack’s presentation was this morning. He was a captivating presenter and the boys were engaged from start to finish. I noticed a number of students go up to Jack for a handshake and a conversation following the presentation.
The presenter… Jack was sensational. He had so much enthusiasm and passion. The students absolutely loved him. The content presented was also fantastic and very relevant. I really felt that each and every student took something away from this and I would absolutely recommend this for every school. Many thanks!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for such an outstanding day yesterday. Seeing the students engaged and lost in the words of your presenters was truly inspiring. The fun, kind-natured personalities of your presenters made for an enjoyable day for staff and students. You can tell the love and passion that you have for such an important issue.
The boy's feedback was very positive – Jack is a great presenter. Could we have him back next month to work with our Year 8’s too?
Jack was great and the boys really enjoyed his presentation. Their feedback was very positive and they were inspired to change their thinking as a result of his messages. I would definitely like to book you in again next year...