Michelle Ellsworth with purple hair types at an old-style typewriter with a contraption of wood, string and metal  coming out of it while someone out of the shot points a camera at her.
Professor, Theater and Dance; Interim Director, B2 Center for Media, Arts and Performance, ATLAS


Though not a licensed technologist or carpenter, Michelle Ellsworth nevertheless co-mingles these disciplines with dance to create solutions and/or demonstrations of peculiar geopolitical (and personal) phenomena. The pharmaceutical and political potential of dance interests her, as well as the value of broken and labor-intensive ideas.  

Among Ellsworth’s honors are a Doris Duke Artist Award (2019), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2016), a Doris Duke Impact Award (2015), a NEFA National Dance Project Grant (2014 and 2017), a Creative Capital Fellowship (2013) and a USA Artists Knight Fellowship in Dance (2012). She has received three National Performance Network Creation Fund Commissions (2004, 2007 and 2016).  Trailers for her most recent work can be found below.