• photo by Dan Merlo

  • photo by Cheryl Mann

  • photo by Dan Merlo

  • photo by Jessie Young

  • photo by Arn Klein

  • photo by Matthew Murphy

  • photo by Dan Merlo

  • photo by Joanie Leopold

  • photo by Arn Klein

Lizzie Leopold
Artistic Director/Choreographer

Lizzie grew up in Chicago’s northern suburbs, bothering her brother & dancing. She holds a BFA in the latter from the University of Michigan. Lizzie also holds a Masters in Performance Studies from New York University, with thesis work in the intersection of choreography and commerce, specifically focusing on Le Sacre du Printemps and other seminal dance works. Her writing has been presented by the Congress of Research on Dance (2010, 2011), the Cultural Studies Association (2011) and Dance/USA’s e-Journal. In 2007, Leopold was awarded a residency at the Workspace for Choreographers Artists’ Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Leopold was also awarded “Overall Excellence in Choreography” by the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival for her work in the new musical, Green Eyes. In 2008, Leopold produced her first Broadway musical, Glory Days, a new American musical. She currently serves on the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance Alumni Board of Governors under Dean Christopher Kendall.

Leopold is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at Northwestern University, earning an Interdisciplinary PhD in Theater and Drama Studies. Her thesis work will deal with the business, historically and theoretically, of American modern dance.

In addition to creating works, Leopold has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Salome, starring Deborah Voigt, and in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Leopold has also served as Performing Arts Director at Chicago’s North Suburban YMCA.

My favorite dancing movie is: Dirty Dancing, had to stay with the classics…

My favorite non-dancing movie is: Harold and Maude (if you haven’t seen it, go!)
When I’m not dancing I like to: practice Bikram yoga and watch bad television

Favorite food: is Indian (hmmm, Chicken Tiki Masala)

Something you might not know about me: I HATE doctors and needles. They make me faint.