He’s not actually a vampire. He just plays one on TV. “True Blood” star Nelsan Ellis, a Juilliard graduate does have a life outside the hit TV show. He’s making the best of it these days by directing “Hoodoo Love” a play set in Memphis that will debut at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre on September 27th. The play is being produced by The Collective Theater, a group of six Illinois-based actors including Ellis who met in Dalton, Illinois over 15 years ago. Inspired by their shared love of theatre, the group decided to unite to create theater projects that allowed them creative expression and a chance to do things differently.