Nell Shipman joined Portland Ballet in 2004, before assuming the role of Artistic Director in 2015, and Director of Portland School of Ballet in 2016. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance with High Honors from Butler University and has performed and shown choreography in Portland, New York, Chicago, Boulder, Indianapolis and Tbilisi, The Republic of Georgia.
Ms. Shipman has taught for studios and intensives throughout the country, including masterclasses for Regional Dance America and Colby College. With Portland Ballet, she performed many leading roles, including the title role in Giselle and the leading role in Andrei Bossov’s Carmina Burana. She has also appeared as a guest artist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, The Good Theater, Best of Broadway, Opera Maine (as both a dancer and choreographer), and Ballet Conservatory of South Texas.
Ms. Shipman’s choreography for Portland Ballet includes: The Victorian Nutcracker, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, Spoke of the Wheel, Three Tales by Poe, Boy Meets Girl, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Firebird, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Jack the Ripper. For Portland School of Ballet, Ms. Shipman created the innovative and educational Building Ballets Series that has presented versions of the well-known ballets Coppelia and The Sleeping Beauty. She has created works in collaboration with Bowdoin College, Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, and The Choral Art Society, amongst others.