Ellen Hemphill

Ellen Hemphill is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Duke Theater Studies Department. She is also Artistic Director of the professional theater company Archipelago Theatre in Chapel Hill and has taught at Duke since 1992. She is also on the Faculty of the American Dance Festival where she teaches Voice and Gesture. Ellen performed in She Didn't Like the Moon Without Clouds and wrote and performed in CassandraÕs Lullaby, Binky Kite and the Oxymorons, and Another Time . . .Another Place . . . Someone Else, Those Women, A New Fine Shame. Ellen directed The Crucible for Duke Players in February 2000.

For Archipelago she directed, among others, Escurial, Abdication, Landscape, Silence and Night, Ten in One, Eulogy for a Warrior, Blue Roses, Amor Fortuna, Snow, A New Fine Shame, Mary Wept, and The Women in the Attic and Out of the Blue. She also directed "The Trojan Women" for the Duke Theater Studies Department and Exit the King in the Spring of 2009 and A Doll's House in 2011.

Ellen has received the NC State Arts Council Fellowship for choreography in theater, and was awarded a writer's fellowship from the Wildacres Retreat. She recently wrote, directed and produced OUT OF THE BLUE, for which she received the Duke Collaborative Arts Award. Ellen was a Franklin Scholar with the Franklin Institute for 2010-2011 and created a solo/vocal and film performance, Stealing Home: The Architecture of Intimacy in 2011 at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC. She is currently working on an original production for theater, film and music called "The Narrowing".

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