Artist Q&A

Studio Clips: Meet Ellen Struve
Questions and Answers


1.) Describe your normal studio or workplace. 

Normally, I’m making my work in a theater with actors and designers and directors and stage crew and audiences.

2.) Describe your makeshift studio or workplace in a time of social distancing or isolation.

Social distancing has definitely increased my appreciation for the large numbers of people it takes to bring a show together. Making this show in my house with my family was a joy as well. Turning our bedroom into a makeshift production space wasn’t ideal, but it was worth it to be able to perform live for our audience members.

3.) How has sharing your work with co-creatives or others shifted?

There is so much Zoom in my life, but I’ve been grateful to have a method of story sharing.

4.) What is your favorite non-art oriented activity that inspires you?

I believe strongly in the idea that “walking is writing.” Walking the trail and our neighborhood streets has been enormously beneficial.

5.) How has working in a socially distant environment affected your work?

Besides conning my husband and children into making a show with me, it’s pushed me into exploring different modes of storytelling and working on my visual storytelling.

6.) What is your favorite go-to snack after long hours working on you artistic practice? 

Rosemary Triscuits are the devil.

7.) What are one/two of your favorite books that resonate with you and/or your practice?

There’s a wonderful book by Robert Adams, Why People Photograph, that has meant a great deal to me. His desire “to affirm life without lying about it” speaks to me. Also, when I need to experience beauty, I turn to The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell. Such gorgeous and interesting scientific prose.

8.) Who are one/two of your favorite artists that inspire you?

Caroline Shaw and Valerie Coleman are composers  that I can’t get enough of and right now I am deeply inspired by the First First Draft cohort at Great Plains Theatre Commons. Their energy and ideas are keeping me buzzing.

Grant Application Information

  • The Nebraska Arts Council announces newly revised grant programs that respond to the changing needs of artists and arts organizations during the current global pandemic. NAC’s new grant programs provide support for virtual programming, individual artists and organizations.

    The following grant categories are open for applications:

    Virtual Arts Project Grants
    Virtual Artists in Schools/Communities Sponsor Grant
    Virtual Nebraska Touring Program Sponsor Grants
    Virtual Presenting the State Poet
    Arts Accessibility Grants for Virtual Programs and Improvement Projects

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