Wendy Woodson

340 S. Pleasant Street

Amherst, MA 01002

(413)256-0948

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DIRECTOR/WRITER/CHOREOGRAPHER/VIDEO ARTIST

Since 1980 has created 98 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 etc..

 

AWARDS, GRANTS

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

               Third Day)

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

               Trout)

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

 

PERFORMER

 

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

 

TEACHER

 

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.