Sarah Taylor Ellis

Degree and Year: 
BA 2008
Professional Title: 
Composer-in-Residence
Employer: 
The Nightingale-Bamford School

Professional Background: 
After graduating from Duke, I completed a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies at UCLA. In my last year of dissertating, I moved to NYC and began work as a freelance teaching artist for organizations including Roundabout Theatre Company and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. I recently accepted a full-time position at a girls school on the UES where I have developed music composition curriculum for middle and upper school. I continue to publish my music/theater scholarship and compose musicals, which have been workshopped and produced in LA, DC, and NYC.

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?: 
On a practical level, my English major thoroughly prepared me for the rigor of a Ph.D. program. But on a broader and more lasting scale, the university's passion for lifelong learning has profoundly influenced my personal and professional life, and I daily recognize that my own teaching practice is rooted in the close mentorship and support I felt as an undergraduate at Duke.