Ellen Hemphill
Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies

Ellen Hemphill is an Associate Professor in the Theater Studies Department and former Director of Undergraduate Studies for six years in the Department.  She is also Artistic Director of the professional theater company Archipelago in Chapel Hill and has taught at Duke since 1992. She was also on the Faculty of the American Dance Festival where she taugjt Voice and Gesture for over 20 years. Ellen performed in She Didn’t Like the Moon Without Clouds , and wrote and performed in Cassandra’s Lullaby , Binky Kite and the Oxymorons , and Another Time . . .Another Place . . . Someone Else , Those Women , and A New Fine Shame . Ellen directed The Crucible for Duke Players in February 2000. For Archipelago she directed, among others, Escurial , The Abdication , Landscape , Silence and Night , Ten in One , Eulogy for a Warrior , Blue Roses , Amor Fortuna , Snow , A New Fine Shame , Mary Wept,and Women in the Attic and Out of the Blue. In 2013 she wrote and directed "The Narrowing" and is currently working on the film version of this piece. She also directed "The Trojan Women" for the Duke Theater Studies Department and directed "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. In 2010 directed and produced a new piece, 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 recently wrote, directed and produced a new work for Archipelago Theatre a multi-disciplied piece of theater, film and music called "The Narrowing". She had a Dean's Leave for research for the Fall of 2014. Ellen co-directed the short Film "It Had Wings" in 2014/15 and it has been accepted in 13 film festivals and won Best in North Carolian and overall best film at the Longleaf International film festival.. Her current research is on an origianl film script/production called "Eve and Poppy" and is continuing her work on a "Legacy"..interviewing artists in mid-late career. Ellen directed, BOB, the mainstage production of the Duke Theater Studies Department in the spring of 2016 with guest artists Peter Nachtrieb and Allison Leyton-Brown as collaborators.

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