Cat Ellington


1970 –

Who is Cat Ellington?

Cat Ellington, born Kimberly Monique Hart on November 28, 1970 to parents Linda Marie Hart and Ezell Ellington-Jenkins in Chicago, Illinois, is an American songwriter, casting director, poet, and author. Ellington is well-known for founding three companies in the Arts & Entertainment industry, including the Black Jaguar Music Company, the Centaur Casting Agency, and Quill Pen Ink Publishing (her literary imprint).

It was through the Centaur Casting Agency that Ellington took on the job of casting her first independent feature film titled Dual Mania from 1993-1995. Written, produced, and directed by her husband Joseph Strickland, the psychological thriller - shot entirely on location in Chicago - revolves around the dual persona a young man possesses and attempts to conceal throughout his ongoing sessions with his therapist.

The gifted cast includes veteran Chicago stage performer Joseph Plummer, who stars in the lead role as Dr. Steve Livingston; Michael Spitz, who portrays Dr. Livingston's troubled patient, Tommy Valentine; and veteran actress Sherrice Eaglin, who is cast as Dr. Livingston's fiancée, Lydia Johnson.

In addition to her executive casting duties on Dual Mania, Ellington also contributed several original songs to the motion picture soundtrack courtesy of the Black Jaguar Music Company.

Cat Ellington is the author of the Reviews by Cat Ellington Complete Anthology book series, and co-author of The Making of Dual Mania: Filmmaking Chicago Style, a work of nonfiction on which she collaborated with fellow writer B.J. Patterson, and filmmaker Joseph Strickland.

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Nov 28, 1970
Chicago, Illinois