Elizabeth Murphy | Principal Dancer2023-10-02T13:06:33-07:00


Elizabeth Murphy (she/her) 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 was an apprentice with North Carolina Dance Theater and also danced 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.

In addition to her PNB repertory, Ms. Murphy performed leading roles at Ballet West in George Balanchine’s Agon, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, and Stars and Stripes; Willam Christensen’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.

Ms. Murphy designed costumes for Ezra Thomson’s Measure Twice, Cut Once (2016) and Kyle Davis’ Make It So (2016), both for PNB’s NEXT STEP. In 2018, she designed costumes for Kyle Davis’ A Dark and Lonely Space, her first designs for PNB’s mainstage. She designed costumes for PNB’s digital releases of Davis’ Las Estrellas (2021) and Price Suddarth’s The Intermission Project (2021). Ms. Murphy’s Label Dancewear line of handmade dance apparel is available on Etsy.

Leading Roles

George Balanchine
Coppélia (Dawn, Discord and War)
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugar Plum Fairy, Dewdrop, Coffee, Hot Chocolate)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia)
La Source
Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Symphony in C

Andrew Bartee
arms that work

Peter Boal

Giselle (Moyna, Bathilde)

Alejandro Cerrudo

Little mortal jump
Memory Glow*
One Thousand Pieces
Silent Ghost

David Dawson

Empire Noir
A Million Kisses to my Skin

Ulysses Dove

Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven

Nacho Duato


William Forsythe
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
New Suite
One Flat Thing, reproduced
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

Kiyon Gaines

Sum Stravinsky

Ronald Hynd
The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Fairy of Purity, Countess, Gold and Silver pas de trois)

Jiri Kylian
Forgotten Land

Jessica Lang
Ghost Variations*
Her Door to the Sky*

José Limón

The Moor’s Pavane

Jean-Christophe Maillot

Cendrillon (Cinderella)

Benjamin Millepied

3 Movements

Mark Morris

Kammermusik No. 3*

Matthew Neenan

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Before After

Justin Peck

In the Countenance of Kings
Year of the Rabbit

Miles Pertl

Wash of Gray*

Crystal Pite
Plot Point

Alexei Ratmansky

Don Quixote (Kitri, Queen of the Dryads, Piccilia)
Pictures at an Exhibition

Jerome Robbins
The Concert
Dances at a Gathering
In the Night

Penny Saunders

Eva Stone
F O I L*

Kent Stowell
Carmina Burana
Cinderella (Cinderella, Summer)
Nutcracker (Flora, Peacock)
Swan Lake (Odette/Odile, Pas de trois)

Price Suddarth


Twyla Tharp
In the Upper Room
Nine Sinatra Songs
Waiting at the Station

Christopher Wheeldon
After the Rain pas de deux
Carousel (A Dance)
Tide Harmonic

Robyn Mineko Williams

The Trees The Trees*

* Originated role

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