Ellen Chenoweth is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Dance and Director of the Dance Presenting Series at Columbia College Chicago. She previously worked as a freelance arts administrator with choreographers in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC and was the Marketing and Development Director for Pig Iron Theatre Company. During four years at the Dance Exchange, she was instrumental in its transition when founder Liz Lerman left the company, serving as managing director for two years following the transition.
She began her career in arts administration at the Kennedy Center, where she worked with iconic artists such as Suzanne Farrell and Katherine Dunham through the Education Department’s Performance Plus program. Chenoweth holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Rice University and a master's degree in dance from Texas Woman’s University. She completed a graduate certificate at Wesleyan University’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance.
Chenoweth is a writer and editor for thINKingDANCE, an online dance journal based in Philadelphia. She has completed two augmented reality (AR) installations, one providing additional content for the George W. Bush Presidential Library, and one exploring Philadelphia's cultural history, featured in the Philadelphia Digital Fringe festival. Her most recent project was creating an app for a site-specific installation at Earthdance as part of the IMAGINE Festival: Film, Technology, & the Body in Action. Chenoweth has spoken at the national conferences of Americans for the Arts and Dance/USA, and is a contributor to Dance/USA’s e-journal, From the Green Room. She has served on grant panels at the local, state, and national level, including as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts’ dance program.