Performance

I can’t recall a time when I didn’t love to sing. I got to sing lots of solos in church at a young age not so much because I sounded great, but because I was loud enough to be heard. Later I took voice lessons to learn how to produce a more beautiful sound. Ironically, I have recently sung some contemporary compositions that require sounds that are not exactly what you would call pretty. I love singing Bach and Mozart as much as anyone, but I also have a particular fondness for contemporary works, improvisation, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Read about my recent and upcoming performances below, or view on Vimeo:  http://www.vimeo.com/ellendenham

June 2016

Dancing in The House of Blue Lights with No Exit Performance, June 2016.

Dancing in The House of Blue Lights with No Exit Performance, June 2016.

Original play by Bennett Ayres, The House of Blue Lights, with multidisciplinary performance company,  No Exit Performance in Indianapolis.  Directed by Ryan Mullins with designs by AnC Movies, Ashley Kiefer, Josiah Alstott, Lukas Schooler, Ryan Mullins, Beverly Roche, Shannon White, and Tommy Lewey.

March 2016

Performance of Homo Homarus, an opera with text by and directed by Ellen Denham with music improvised by the performers. Pictured: Jamie Hutchinson, Barry Morse, Dorothy Martirano, Claire Happel, Whitney Ashe, Scott Schwartz, Allen Wu, Ellen Denham, Tania Arazi Coambs, and Kevin Blair.

Performance of Homo Homarus, an opera with text by and directed by Ellen Denham with music improvised by the performers. Pictured: Jamie Hutchinson, Barry Morse, Dorothy Martirano, Claire Happel, Whitney Ashe, Scott Schwartz, Allen Wu, Ellen Denham, Tania Arazi Coambs, and Kevin Blair.

Homo Homarus, a chamber opera, presented as part of my doctoral project lecture recital: “Improvisation as a Generative Tool for New Opera: An Exploration of Methods and Parameters.”

April 2015

Darrell Hoemann/UI Lyric Theatre Ellen Denham (Stepmother), Amanda Kasem (Lucinda), and Caitlin Powell (Florinda) during a rehearsal of "Into The Woods" in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

Darrell Hoemann/UI Lyric Theatre
Ellen Denham (Stepmother), Amanda Kasem (Lucinda), and Caitlin Powell (Florinda) during a rehearsal of “Into The Woods” in the Tryon Festival Theatre at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

Role of Cinderella’s Stepmother in Lyric Theatre @ Illinois production of Into the Woods, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Directed by Jessi D. Hill; Conducted by Louis Bergonzi; Scenic Design by Joe C. Klug; Costume Design by Kim Curtis; Lighting & Projection Design by Joseph A. Burke; Hair & Makeup Designed by David Mounce.

April 2014

Doctoral Recital at the University of Illinois, with pianist Casey Baker.

From "Love Games," Ellen Denham as the Actress with Griffin Candey as the Poet and Eddie Brennan as the Count. Photos by Ronald Hedlund.

From “Love Games,” Ellen Denham as the Actress with Griffin Candey as the Poet and Eddie Brennan as the Count. Photos by Ronald Hedlund.

Role of the Actress in Love Games, a new musical by Joseph Turrin, directed by Stephen Fiol, with the University of Illinois Lyric Theatre.

March 2014

The cast of Orpheus. Photo by Darrell Hoemann.

The cast of Orpheus. Photo by Darrell Hoemann.

Assistant Director of the mainstage Illinois Lyric Theatre production of Orpheus in the Underworld, assisting director Dawn Harris.

May 2013

OthernessBlobScene

At the Indy Convergence, Ellen Denham leads an orchestra of voices and instruments while dancers perform in fabric bags. Photo by Roberta Wong.

Otherness Project, directed by and based on concepts by Ellen Denham and created collaboratively by the performers as the Umbrella Project of the Indy Convergence. Blog post about the experience here.

April 2013

Mack & Jenny

Lee Steiner as Mack the Knife and Ellen Denham as Jenny

Role of Jenny in the University of Illinois Opera production of The Threepenny Opera

December 2012

COLAB improvisation

Improvising with violinist Dorothy Martirano and dancers Kristin McCoy and Rhea Speights

Improvisation concert with COLAB class in the Krannert Art Museum.

May 2012

Websody biblical marriage meme

Joshua Morris, Zach Laliberte, Tina Chancey, Ellen Denham, and Ashley Benninghoff in “Websody”

Websody, a comic soundscape based on internet memes, directed by Denham and created collaboratively by the performers, at the Indy Convergence Open Lab Performance.

March 2012
“100 Years of Song” Brown Bag Recital at Earlham College with pianist Anna Briscoe.

January 2012

Violet and Peony

Ellen Denham and Danielle Steele as sisters Violet and Peony in A Childhood Miracle

Role of Violet in Intimate Opera production of Ned Rorem’s opera, A Childhood Miracle at the Indy Fringe Theatre.