Thomas Ellenson is a 20-year-old actor who has appeared in several Off-Off Broadway productions, a network TV episode, and many news segments over the course of his life. Aside from having talent and ambition, Thomas also has Cerebral Palsy. Due to his CP, Thomas uses a power wheelchair to get around and he speaks using 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. It was then produced for a successful five night run Off-Off-Broadway at the Flamboyan Theater.
He has also appeared in 8 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 has appeared in an episode of ABC’s sitcom Speechless.
Thomas is a Broadway fanatic who has seen over 70 shows and whose passion was recently covered by CBS Local News. He has been given the privilege to meet many performers, from Daniel Radcliffe to Lin Manual Miranda, to ask them about their craft and share insights on performing. He has also been an ABC World NewsPerson of the Year, featured due to his determination to not only find a voice, but to express his vibrant and passionate spirit.
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.“