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Josie Elizabeth Davis

Josie Elizabeth Davis

JOSIE ELIZABETH DAVIS is a conceptual artist, producer, and director who works in a breadth of media, including live performance, public art, dance, music, film, and design. She is also the owner of and chief creative officer at Curmudgeon Group, a boutique advertising agency based in Chicago. As a creative producer and strategist, Davis is driven by the exciting seeds of ideation that spur long but rewarding days of production in the field, and is most passionate about helping purpose-driven companies hone and execute their brand stories, creative content, and communication strategies. She is a dedicated conservationist, always finding ways to merge her agency and creative work with the environmental space. She serves on the board of directors at Kindling Group, a Chicago documentary film and impact production studio. From a young age, Davis surrounded herself with music and theatre, working both on and off the stage, training with the Denver Opera Guild and with El Grupo Teatro Yuyachkani, Peru’s oldest living theatre company. She continues to experiment with new mediums, exploring choreography, architecture, film, and social behavior as ways to merge the visual and performative. Davis holds an MA in performance studies from the Tisch School at New York University and a BA in music and vocal performance from the Colorado College. She has independently conceived, produced, and directed large-scale multidisciplinary works, including Fantasmagorie (2016) and Wake Up! Waltz (2013), and is the recipient of multiple artist residencies and research fellowships in the United States and overseas. Davis has lectured independently and presented her work at conferences on performance and cultural studies with New York University, Columbia College, Stanford University, and The National Science Foundation, among others. She is an experienced globe-trotter, having lived and worked throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.