I can’t recall a time when I didn’t love to sing, and at some point over the course of my stage career I also fell in love with directing. Read about my recent and upcoming singing and directing performances below, or view on Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/ellendenham
Ellen Denham recognized as National Semi-Finalist for the American Prize for Stage Directors (Charles Nelson Reilly Prize) in the Theatre/Musical Theatre Division for “Pinstripe Harry’s Tea Room Cabaret” and the Opera Division for “Pinocchio.”
Fall production of Midsummer Night’s Music, an adaptation of parts of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Ellen Denham, using music of Henry Purcell.
“Seasons of Life” voice recital with Ross Bernhardt, baritone
Music of Lauren Bernofsky, Paul Hindemith, David Francis Urrows, Ross Bernhardt, and Stephen Sondheim.
Spring production of Pinocchio. Libretto by Denise Page Caraher.
Fall world premiere production of Pinstripe Harry’s Tearoom Cabaret
TAMUCC Opera Workshop Production of Hansel and Gretel, a condensed version with English text by Denise Page Caraher. Directed by Dr. Ellen Denham and conducted by Dr. Jose Flores.
Opera Workshop, Islander Improv, and sculpture students collaborated on an improvised performance, Landing on the Island: The Inaugural Improvisational Happening, under the direction of Profs. Ellen Denham (Music), Meredith Melville (Theatre), and Leticia Bajuyo (Art).
An Evening with Amadeus presented by the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Opera, directed by Ellen Denham.
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.
Assistant Director of the mainstage Illinois Lyric Theatre production of The Merry Widow, assisting director Stephen Fiol.
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.