I’m the Director and Lead Curator of the Dance Presenting Series and an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Columbia College Chicago. Upcoming presentations at the Dance Center include Kimberly Bartosik / daela, Same Planet Performance Project, Qudus Onikeku, and Abby Z and the New Utility. Click here for more information and tickets.

Favorite activities include:

  • Running into people that I know on the street
  • Seeing as much live performance as my eyeballs can take in
  • Hanging out on my couch with my cat
  • Being around trees

Research interests include:

  • Digital art, surveillance, and resistance
  • Dance and performance history
  • How to get more people to fall ravenously in love with contemporary dance
  • Supportive infrastructure for living artists

something a little more formal?

Ellen Chenoweth is Assistant Professor of Instruction and Director and Lead Curator of the Dance Presenting Series at Columbia College Chicago.  She moved to Chicago from Philadelphia, where she was director of development and communications for Pig Iron Theatre Company. She previously worked as a freelance arts administrator with choreographers in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. She was a program development consultant for the American Dance Institute (now Lumberyard) for two years, helping evaluate and document its residency program, the ADI Incubator. During four years at the Dance Exchange, she was instrumental in its transition when founder Liz Lerman left the company, serving as managing director for two years following the transition.

She began her career in arts administration at the Kennedy Center, where she worked with iconic artists such as Suzanne Farrell and Katherine Dunham through the Education Department’s Performance Plus program. Chenoweth holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Rice University and a master’s degree in dance from Texas Woman’s University. She completed a graduate certificate at Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance.

Chenoweth is a writer and editor for thINKingDANCE, an online dance journal based in Philadelphia. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at Drexel University and Temple University.  She has completed two augmented reality (AR) installations, one providing additional content for the George W. Bush Presidential Library, and one exploring Philadelphia’s cultural history, featured in the Philadelphia Digital Fringe festival. Her most recent project was creating an app for a site-specific installation at Earthdance as part of the IMAGINE Festival: Film, Technology, & the Body in Action.


(*There are a few other Ellen Chenoweths in the world. I am not a casting director. I cannot help you become a movie star. I am also not a whale researcher, although I think that is the coolest job in the world.)

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