Elisha Clark Halpin received an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University. At Penn State, she leads courses in dance and performance theory. Her research work centers on consciousness, mindful movement, embodied practices, memory, trauma, and place. Her project “The Zen Den" focusing on dissemination, decolonizing, and demystifying mindfulness was in residence at the Borland Project Space in 2019. Elisha’s choreography has been presented throughout the US in cities such as Baltimore, Brockport, Buffalo, Columbus, DC, Madison, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Richmond. She has worked internationally in Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands. She has received funding from The College of Arts and Architecture, The PA Council for the Arts, The Institute of Arts and Humanities, The Presidents Fund at Penn State, and The Doris Duke Foundation. Elisha was an Emerging Choreographer at the Bates Dance Festival, a commissioned artist through Dance New Amsterdam, and has received the College’s Award for Teaching Excellence.