Elizabeth Epsen has been working at Harvard Dance Center since August 2015. In her role as Communications & Programs Coordinator for Dance, Elizabeth coordinates and implements all communications strategies for the Dance Center and researches and develops dance course offerings, events, and programmatic collaborations and initiatives across campus. Elizabeth 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 Dance Director and Senior Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media Jill Johnson.
Prior to Harvard, Elizabeth worked as Program Coordinator for the National Dance Project at the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). During her five year tenure at NEFA, Elizabeth also worked in Development, helping to sustain and grow the organization’s revenue stream through both institutional and individual giving. Before moving to the Boston area, Elizabeth worked in administration and development at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, which is recognized as one of the top three residency programs for visual arts in the country. Elizabeth received her B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from Creighton University. Elizabeth has served on dance residency and grant panels for the Boston Center for the Arts and the Somerville Arts Council.
In addition to her career in arts administration, Elizabeth is a professional dancer and collaborative artist. 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 Franscisco Ballet. As a student, Elizabeth participated in many professional summer programs including Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. As a dancer in the Boston area, Elizabeth performs regularly for choreographers Anna Myer/Anna Myer and Dancers, Nicole Pierce/EgoArt, Inc., Chavi Bansal/Vimoksha, Adrienne Hawkins, and Adriane Brayton/Brayton Dance, 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 also collaborates with the Boston-based saxophone and viola duo Patchtax to create experimental performance and video projects at the intersection of dance, theater, and concert music.
Elizabeth teaches Ballet II (non-credit class) at Harvard University.