Ellie is a theatre practitioner and PhD candidate whose research focuses on exploring the roots of theatre and narrative, examining a language of performance that actively engages audiences through genre-defying, multi-faceted storytelling (click here for further info). She is interested in psychosomatic and embodied approaches, tension and interplay between residual and emergent ideas (tradition vs innovation), the relationship between body and mind, and the role of narrative in human cognition. Ellie recently spent a month in Bali researching traditional and ritual performance practices and taksu, and learning Legong dance.

At the Studio Ellie is developing multi-sensory theatre experience Ergo Sum with Sleight of Hand. The work combines live performance with visual, audio and tactile technologies, exploring neurodiversity and the kaleidoscopic nature of human experience.

Interdisciplinary approaches, particularly across the arts and sciences, have been a focus in Ellie's work for the last couple of years. Working on Ergo Sum has involved collaborating and consulting with neurologists, care-givers, mental health charities, academics, and doctors. Ellie is also teaching an undergraduate unit on Theatre & Science for the University of Warwick Theatre Studies department this academic year, and working with Jet Propulsion Theatre (part of Italian company Arditodeso Theatre) who bring arts and sciences together in their work. She recently published a review of the new book 'Theatre and Cognitive Neuroscience' in the South African Theatre Journal

Ellie has previously produced/directed plays and immersive festival events for National Trust, Tristan Bates, Minack, Albany Theatre, Exeter Northcott and other venues. She is currently producing the world premier of new play #Lightie for the Arcola Theatre with Team Angelica, and working with StoneCrabs Theatre Company to programme and oversee practical workshops for their annual Young Directors Training Scheme, and mentor participants in the programme.

 

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