Elizabeth Epsen

Elizabeth Epsen

Communications and Programs Coordinator for Dance
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Elizabeth Epsen has been working at Harvard Dance Center since August 2015. In her current role, Epsen manages, coordinates, and implements all communications strategies for the Dance Center. She researches, develops, and coordinates Dance Center offerings, events, and programmatic collaborations and initiatives across campus, as well as manages and coordinates workshops, cyphers, and all programming related to visiting artists and artist residencies. Epsen runs convenings and programming for the student-led dance group leaders cohort and offers support and mentorship to students throughout the year.  

Prior to Harvard, Epsen worked as Program Coordinator, National Dance Project, recognized as one of the country’s largest and most impactful sources of funding for the creation and touring of new dance works, and as Development Coordinator for the New England Foundation for the Arts, one of the six regional arts organziations established by the NEA. 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. Epsen has served on residency and grant panels for the Boston Center for the Arts and Somerville Arts Council, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA. 

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 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 been on the teaching artist faculty at Harvard Dance Center, teaching Ballet II (non-credit community class) from 2018-2020. 

Epsen is currently co-leading the Harvard Dance Center with Administrative Manager for Dance Kirsten Leonard, after the departure of former director Jill Johnson in July 2021. 

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