Elizabeth Epsen has been working at Harvard Dance Center since August 2015. In her role as Communications & Programs Coordinator for Dance, Epsen coordinates and implements all communications strategies for the Dance Center and researches, develops, and coordinates dance course offerings, events, and programmatic collaborations and initiatives across campus. Epsen serves as the Dance Center liaison for student-led dance groups and manages all Dance Center student residencies and studio reservations. She also serves as the assistant to the Dance Director. Prior to Harvard, Epsen worked as Program Coordinator, National Dance Project and as Development Coordinator for the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). She also worked in administration and development at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, after receiving her B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from Creighton University.
In addition to her career in arts administration, Epsen is a professional dancer, collaborative artist, and dance educator. She completed her dance training at Canada’s National Ballet School and the San Francisco Ballet School where she also performed in corps de ballet roles with the San Francisco Ballet. As a dancer and collaborator in the Boston area, Epsen has performed at major dance venues in Boston including the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston Center for the Arts, The Dance Complex, and Green Street Studios. She has been a guest teacher for Tufts University Dance Program, Green Street Studios, and The Dance Complex. Epsen has also taught Ballet II (non-credit community class) at Harvard Dance Center.