Elizabeth Murphy is from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. She studied at Academy of Ballet Arts and the Rock School for Dance Education, and she attended summer courses on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Chautauqua Summer Program. She performed with Pennsylvania Ballet before joining Ballet West II in 2006 and Ballet West in 2007. Ms. Murphy joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2011 and was promoted to soloist in 2013 and principal in 2015.
Ms. Murphy has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Coppélia (Dawn, Discord and War), Emeralds, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugar Plum Fairy, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Dewdrop), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), La Source, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Symphony in C; Andrew Bartee’s arms that work; Peter Boal’s Giselle (Moyna, Bathilde); Alejandro Cerrudo’s Little mortal jump; David Dawson’s Empire Noir and A Million Kisses to My Skin; Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven; Nacho Duato’s Rassemblement; William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, New Suite, and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Kiyon Gaines’ Sum Stravinsky; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Gold & Silver pas de trois); Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land; Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Cendrillon (Cinderella); Benjamin Millepied’s Appassionata; Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Before After; Justin Peck’s Year of the Rabbit; Crystal Pite’s Emergence; Alexei Ratmansky’s Don Quixote (Kitri, Queen of the Dryads, Piccilia) and Pictures at an Exhibition; Jerome Robbins’ The Concert; Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana, Nutcracker (Flora, Peacock), and Swan Lake (Pas de trois); Price Suddarth’s Signature; Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs, and Waiting at the Station; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance), Polyphonia and Tide Harmonic. She originated leading roles in Cerrudo’s Memory Glow, Jessica Lang’s Her Door to the Sky, and Mark Morris’ Kammermusik No. 3.
At Ballet West, Ms. Murphy danced leading and featured roles in Balanchine’s Agon, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, and Stars and Stripes; William Christiansen’s Nutcracker; Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero; Jiri Kylian’s Sinfonietta; Helen Pickett’s But Never Doubt I Love; and Adam Sklute’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.