Elise Hearden is Co-Founder/Executive Director of Motivated Movers NYC and a current Masters Candidate in ArtsManagement at Columbia College Chicago.  An entrepreneur, arts educator,and performing artist, Elise holds a B.S. inAmerican Dance Pedagogy, an extensive teaching background, and a professional performance resume.  She has recently moved to Chicago from Manhattan where she served asCasting Director for the Hangar Theatre and Assistant to Artistic Director, Jen Waldman.  Elise lives her life by the 3 C's: connection, collaboration, and community.  What better place to foster this commitment than here, at CYS.  

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The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. - Julius Caesar, I, ii

The course of true love never did run smooth. - A Midsummer Night's Dream, I, i

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. - Romeo and Juliet, II, ii

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so - Hamlet, II, ii

If music be the food of love, play on! - Twelfth Night, I, i

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. - Julius Caesar, II, ii

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. - The Tempest, IV, i

The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. - Merchant of Venice, IV, i