Founding Artistic Director
Amanda Morgan is from Tacoma, Washington. She studied at Dance Theatre Northwest and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and she attended summer courses at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Boston Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. She participated in PNB School’s exchange with the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden, where she also performed with Dresden Semperoper Ballett. Amanda joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2016 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2017.
In addition to her dance career, Amanda is a newly established choreographer. She has choreographed for Pacific Northwest Ballet's Next Step Program, premiering her works "Pages" (2018) and "The Argument" (2019) at McCaw Hall. She also was selected to be a choreographer in the Seattle International Dance Festival in 2019. In 2019, Amanda won a residency at Northwest Film Forum and Velocity Dance Center, giving her the opportunity to create her own show at Northwest Film Forum. Later in 2019, she launched her project titled "The Seattle Project" which is a group of collaborative artists, led by Amanda, that creates new work and dance that breaks down accessibility barriers in the community. In February of 2020, she had her first show "The How of It Sped" premiere at Northwest Film Forum, and in July of 2020 she created and premiered her piece "Musings" for Seattle Dance Collective's Continuum Program. In October of 2020, Morgan made her first piece for Pacific Northwest Ballet's Digital Season. Ms. Morgan was named “25 to Watch” in Dance Magazine for the 2020 year. She also has been featured on the National Endowment for the Arts podcast in February of 2021.
Zane Ellis is the founding Managing Director of the Seattle Project and has been a collaborator since its inception.
Zane has trained and performed professionally with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Ballet Austin and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He has performed in mainstage works by choreographers such as Angel Corella, Stoner Winslett, Ronald Hynd, Jerome Robbins, and George Balanchine. He has also originated roles in new works by Peter Boal, Sarah Pasch, Calista Ruat, Margaret Mullin, Nancy Casciano and Amanda Morgan. As a choreographer, Mr. Ellis has been commissioned to choreograph multiple new works for The Richmond Ballet Trainee Program.
Zane is currently the Program Operations Manager for A Way Home Washington, a statewide movement to end youth and young adult homelessness in Washington. He can often be found behind the scenes supporting the production and operations of many various artistic projects. Zane is thrilled to bring his leadership, extensive performance experience, and operational excellence to The Seattle Project.
Yuki Takahashi is from Tokyo, Japan and grew up in Dallas, Texas where she began her ballet training at the Ballet Academy of Texas. She also trained at Mejia Ballet International in Fort Worth, Ballet Academy East in New York, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2019 and was promoted to corps de ballet dancer later that year. Yuki is a Kittie La Pointe Memorial Scholarship recipient provided by the Dance Council of North Texas.
She also is the owner of her own Digital Art operation, YukiDoodle.
Yuki helped build the Seattle Project website and has also collaborated with several small businesses to build their brand through logo creation & visual art.