Lizzie Leopold just completed her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Theater and Drama at Northwestern University this spring. Leopold also holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Performance Studies from New York University. Her dissertation, “Commodifying Choreography: The Sale, Licensing, and Appraisal of Concert Dance Repertory,” looks at dance valuation practices and intersections of dance- making and business structures. Leopold is the founder and Artistic Director for the Leopold Group, a Chicago based modern dance company celebrating a decade of dance in 2017. Leopold served on the Board of Governors for the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater and Dance and on the board of the Congress on Research in Dance.
The Leopold Group will use their Co-MISSION Residency to begin developing a new work as a choreographic counterpart to Lizzie’s dissertation research, focusing on making dances and making a living. She will be exploring the economic possibilities and the financial realities of choreographing and performing in twenty-first century Chicago. Working to make it work.