340 S. Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Since 1980 has created more than 100 original dance, theater and video works as Artistic Director of Present Company, Inc., in collaboration with other artists, and as resident or guest artist with various universities and other dance and theater companies. These works have been produced and performed throughout the U.S., in Europe, New Zealand and Australia at venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center, LaMaMa Etc. New York, La Mama Theater Melbourne Australia, Washington Project for the Arts, Wolf Trap Academy of Performing Arts, Emerson Majestic, Jacob's Pillow, National Performance Network, P.S. 122 and at many colleges and universities.
Videos have been exhibited at various festivals, universities and museums throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia. These include: Victorian Immigration Museum (Melbourne Australia), Deutscher Video Kunstpreis (Germany) New England Film and Video Festival (Boston), LA Film and Video Festival , DeCordova Museum, Amherst Cinema, Pravo Ljudski Human Rights Film Festival (Sarajevo), 19th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, Rhode Island Film and Video Festival, Northampton Film & Video Festival, and Origins Museum, Johannesburg SA, etc.
2018-20 Faculty Research Grant, Amherst College (for Leeway)
2018 Artist Residency, Bogliasco Foundation, Italy
2014-15 Faculty Research Award, Amherst College (for Dora);
Artist Residency, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
2014 Artist Residency, Siena Institute of the Arts, Siena Italy
2010-11 International Artists Residency, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
2010 Finalist Award, Choreography, Massachusetts Cultural Council
2010 Faculty Research Award, Amherst College (for new performance & video projects: Dora and Shore)
2008 Faculty Research Award, Amherst College (for Transitions)
2006-07 Fulbright Senior Scholar, Melbourne Australia
2006 Faculty Research Award, Amherst College (for Veronica’s Fold)
2003 Residency at the Bellagio Center, Italy, Rockefeller Foundation
2003 Faculty Research Award, Amherst College (for Cross Continental)
2000-03 Massachusetts Cultural Council; 3-year grant to develop new work
2001-02 Arts Lottery Grants, Amherst and Greenfield Arts Councils
1999-01 Faculty Research Award, Amherst College to develop new work
1999 Playwriting/New Theater Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council
1997-00 Massachusetts Cultural Council; 3-year company organization grant
1998 Arts Lottery Grant, Greenfield Arts Council
1997 General Support Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council;
Arts Lottery Grants from Wendell and Sunderland Arts Councils
1997 Finalist (in choreography) Cal Arts Alpert Award
1996 Directors Honorable Mention, New England Film Festival (for The Third Day)
1996 Company Project Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council
1996 Faculty Research Award, Amherst College (new video work)
1995 Grand Prize Winner, U.S. Super 8 Film and Video Festival (for The
1995 Company Project Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council
1994 Choreography Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council
1994 Finalist, German Award for Video Art (Deutscher Video Kunstpreis)
1993 Grand Prize Winner San Francisco Poetry and Video/Film Festival (for
1993 Arts Lottery Grant from Amherst Arts Council
1992 Video Fellowship, Boston Film & Video Foundation
1992 Faculty Research Grant, Amherst College (new video work)
1991 Arts Lottery Grant from the Amherst Arts Council
1990 Faculty Research Grant, Amherst College (video performance projects)
1990 Arts Lottery Grant from Amherst Arts Council and Hadley Arts Council
1989 Finalist award in choreography, Massachusetts Artists Foundation
1989 Massachusetts Arts Council award (Mass Moves '89)
1987 Inter-Arts Grant, D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities
1986 Choreography Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts
1986 Choreography Residence, The Yard, A Colony for Performing Arts
1986 Inter-Arts Grant (with Present Co.), National Endowment for the Arts
1986 Choreography Fellowship, D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities
1985 Finalist, Mayor's Arts Awards, (Washington, D.C.), Outstanding Emerging Artist
1985 Choreography Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts
1985 Choreography Fellowship, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
1982 Recognition Grant D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
1981 Recognition Grant D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
1980-Present Founder, artistic director and performer with Wendy Woodson and Present Company, Inc., a non-profit interdisciplinary touring company established in 1980 in Washington D.C.
1996-2005 Performer with Out of Hand, improvisational dance/theater
1977-79 Performing member of Free Association Dance Company
1974-77 Guest performer with the companies of Meredith Monk, Kei Takei, Katherine Litz, Maida Withers
Forty years of teaching experience on diverse dance and theater faculties including:
1987-Present Roger C. Holden Professor of Theater and Dance, Amherst College and the Five College Dance Department. Teaching areas: Interdisciplinary Performance, Advanced Choreography, Performance History and Theory, Improvisation and Composition, Choreography and the Camera, Video Production and Installation, Modern Dance Technique and Theory.
2007 Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne, Australia). Artist in residence and guest teacher for a semester as a Fulbright Senior Scholar.
2003 Auckland University of Technology (NZ). Artist in residence and guest teacher for a semester.
1999 Center for New Dance Development, Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Artist in residence and guest teacher (semester).
1987-2004 Guest Artist residencies at the University of Maryland, Keene State College, Middlebury College, Wesleyan University, Trinity College, the George Washington University, Mt. Vernon College, the Dance Place, Jacob’s Pillow, Emerson Majestic Theater (among others).
Prior to 1987 Guest residencies at New Reflections Dance Theater, Arena Stage, Archaseus Productions, Delaware Arts Commission, Virginia Commonwealth University, Catholic University.
1978-1987 Dance faculty, Fillmore Art Center. Selected as one of the top artist-educators in the U.S. by the Rockefeller Foundation.
1979-1985 Adjunct dance faculty, George Washington University and Northern Virginia Community College.
1977-1985 Artist-in-the-Schools (through the National Endowment for the Arts) with the South Carolina Arts Commission and the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities.