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Ellen Goellner has always been involved in dance and literature. She wrote her Masters thesis on Shakespeare and narrative at the University of Chicago and another thesis on Faulkner and narrative. She did independent research for a year and half in India, New Zealand and Australia. She studied ballet and modern ballet at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. In New York she studied with Murray Louis, David Rousève and Merce Cunningham. She also studied at the Iyengar Institute of New York. She co-edited a book on dance and narrative with Jaqueline Shea Murphy—Bodies of the Text: Dance as Theory, Literature as Dance—(nominated for the de la Torre Bueno Prize) and published other articles on literature and dance. When she arrived in Princeton, Professor Toni Morrison, Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, read her Faulkner work and invited Ellen to precept for her course, “Studies in American Africanism.” Ellen then worked with Professor Morrison as she launched the Princeton Atelier, which was designed to support collaborations between artists from different fields and to allow students to participate in the creative work of the guest artists. Ellen supports collaborating artists and students in that work. She continues supporting creative projects in music, theater, dance, visual arts, and creative writing. For students interested in the Atelier program and courses, please contact Ellen.

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