Hi, I'm Jazzy Ellis!

I am an intimacy coordinator, SAG-AFTRA stunt performer & actor, and film/TV consultant, splitting time between New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA; and New York, NY.  I am a SAG Award winner, a TV Academy member, and a performer with over 75 film/TV credits, most notably, Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War & Avengers: Endgame, HBO's Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, AMC's The Walking Dead, DC's Doom Patrol, CW's The Vampire Diaries, and DC's The Suicide Squad.  I was featured in Deadspin, The Root, Refinery29, Bustle, and Hulu's documentary series Your Attention Please.  

 

With a focus on safety and equity, my career goal has been to level the playing field, add some color to the film industry's grayscale expectations, and shake up the status quo.  To combat the racist, sexist, ableist, and generally discriminatory practices within the film/TV industry, I founded Stunt Sistah.  I have turned my struggles and roadblocks into guidelines for how the marginalized can start and maintain a successful career as a stunt professional.  I help turn stunt hobbyists into stunt professionals, creating space for diverse performers to thrive in film/TV.

My latest focus is on maintaining safe spaces on set, telling unique, thoughtful, interesting, beautiful stories with movement and intimacy. As an intimacy coordinator (IC), I liaison between production and actors, advocate for performers, and coach movement for intimacy, simulated sex, and nudity.  I am a collaborative, detailed, and engaging storyteller and movement expert.  From my education at Princeton University as a religion major to my current work as an intimacy coordinator, I am interested in how stories impact how we feel and what we believe.  As an IC, I will honor the story and maintain a safe space.

I received my IC training from Intimacy Directors and Coordinators as a member of their first Level 3 certification cohort.  I am also certified in Mental Health First Aid and have trained in and continue to train in bystander intervention, anti-racism, allyship & advocacy, sexual orientation, anti-harassment, and conflict resolution.  Before working in film/TV, I worked as an educator, a professional dancer, and a lifelong advocate for the needs of marginalized people.

I bring knowledge from 30+ years of movement training and professional practice in ballet, breakdance, Latin dance, martial arts, yoga, and gymnastics.   I have danced professionally in regional dance companies, the movie Bolden, and music videos for Alicia Keys, J. Cole, and Maxwell.

My training focuses on the healing arts, as well.   I am a certified yoga teacher, meditation teacher, reiki master, life coach, and retreat facilitator.  I spent months in the Ecuadorian Amazon learning healing practices and plant medicines from shamans in Shuar and Uwijint villages for my Senior Thesis at Princeton University.

I am a Balanta-B'rassa woman from New Jersey who enjoys learning about the culture (B'jah) and language (K'rassa) that my ancestors had before American slavery.  I check the "Black" box on American ethnicity forms.  I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and have enjoyed participating in social justice work within the organization for the last 15 years.  I love live music, karaoke, Latin dance, impromptu road trips, and outdoor adventures in my free time.

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Thanks to Hulu's Creative Team, my journey in the stunt industry has been documented. Check out the video below for a peek into my life as a professional stunt performer.