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
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.
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.”
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.
Doctoral Recital at the University of Illinois, with pianist Casey Baker.
Role of the Actress in Love Games, a new musical by Joseph Turrin, directed by Stephen Fiol, with the University of Illinois Lyric Theatre.
Assistant Director of the mainstage Illinois Lyric Theatre production of Orpheus in the Underworld, assisting director Dawn Harris.
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.
Role of Jenny in the University of Illinois Opera production of The Threepenny Opera
Improvisation concert with COLAB class in the Krannert Art Museum.
Websody, a comic soundscape based on internet memes, directed by Denham and created collaboratively by the performers, at the Indy Convergence Open Lab Performance.
“100 Years of Song” Brown Bag Recital at Earlham College with pianist Anna Briscoe.