Thomas Ellenson is a 21-year-old actor who has appeared in several Off-Off Broadway productions, including his own one-man show, and a network TV episode. Aside from having talent and ambition, Thomas also has Cerebral Palsy. Due to his CP, Thomas uses a power wheelchair to get around and speaks with an iPad.
In May of 2017, Thomas performed his one-man show, It Is What It Is, at NYC's One Festival and won First Prize. The show was then produced for a successful five night run at the Flamboyan Theater.
Tom also participated in the acclaimed mentoring program, Broadway Dreams. His number, “Invisible” was chosen as one of those to be performed in the NYC Showcase.
Over the years, Tom has appeared in 10 shows with Creative Arts Team (CAT), an inventive student theater group associated with City University of New York. He starred in a stage adaptation of the novel, Out Of My Mind, mounted by the graduate program at City College of New York and appeared in an episode of ABC’s sitcom Speechless.
Thomas is a Broadway fanatic who has seen over 70 shows and whose passion was covered by CBS Local News. He has been given the privilege of meeting many performers, from Daniel Radcliffe to Lin Manual Miranda to Bernadette Peters, to ask them about their craft and share insights on performing.
Thomas says, “I wrote my own one man show because I know people might not hire me otherwise.” However, his ambition might be best defined by his friend, the Tony-winning actor Jefferson Mays, who wrote, “Tom is capable of achieving great things. His passion for performance, his positive approach, the extraordinary way he lives his life, his wheelchair never confining him, but rather acting as a foundation for his strength and bold flights of imagination, affect everyone with whom he comes into contact.“