Samantha Speis

Samantha Speis is a movement artist based in New York. She has worked with Gesel Mason, The Dance Exchange, Deborah Hay (as part of the Sweet Day curated by Ralph Lemon at the MoMA), Marjani Forte, Pearson/Widrig Dance Theater and Liz Lerman. She is currently a performer and the Associate Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed dance company, Urban Bush Women. She is also a member of The Skeleton Architecture, a collective of black womyn and and gender non-conforming artists who use the practice of improvisation to create, organize, advocate, gather, play and challenge. Speis was the 2012 recipient of the Alvin Ailey New Directions Choreography. Her work has been featured at the Kennedy Center (Millennium Stage), Long Island University, Joyce SoHo, Hollins University, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, Dance Place, and The Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Speis’ solo, The Way it Was, and Now, was commissioned by the Jerome Foundation to be performed at Danspace Project for the Parallels Platform Series, and was later invited to the Kaay Fecc Dance Festival in Dakar, Senegal. Speis has been a guest artist and taught workshops throughout the United States, South America, Senegal, and Europe. In December 2015, Speis and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar co-choreographed Walking with Trane' which made its New York premiere at BAM Next Wave. Upcoming Projects are Hair and Other Stories in collaboration with Jawole Zollar and Chanon Judson and her solo work, The Fabric of Me.

Past Classes & Events

Studies Project: Does the Dance Field Make Room for Dancer-Parents?

April 29, 2017