Expansion of Choreographers Project Residency

Susan Hess Modern Dance (SHMD) engaged acclaimed modern choreographer Lucinda Childs and performing arts curator Simon Dove to mentor the resident choreographers of the SHMD Choreographers Project, as part of the Masters Exchange series. Established in 1984, the Choreographers Project has provided guidance and assistance for professional development in contemporary dance, as well as a collegial atmosphere for artistic exploration for Philadelphia dance artists. In 2001, the Masters Exchange was developed as a partner program bringing distinguished choreographers and interdisciplinary performance artists to mentor SHMD’s resident choreographers and project alumni. During their residency, Childs and Dove offered extended, multi-day workshops with the choreographers, both individually and in a group setting.


In advance of the September workshops with Boris Charmatz, project co-directors host an informal professional preview for dance and performance artists .

Fall kicks off with a packed schedule of Center-funded projects, including exhibition openings from Temple Contemporary and The Galleries at Moore, and performance premieres at the 2015 Fringe Festival that push the boundaries of genre and form.

Choral Arts Philadelphia presents the first of three concert series as part of A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dan Hurlin currently teaches performance art, dance, and puppetry at Sarah Lawrence College, where he also serves as the director of the graduate program in theater. In 2015, Hurlin served as a Performance LOI panelist.

Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design fosters the study, exploration, and management of the arts: media, design, the performing, and visual.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Judy Hussie-Taylor has served as Executive Director of Danspace Project, a New York City venue for independent experimental choreographers, since 2008. Hussie-Taylor served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2012 and 2013, a Performance LOI panelist in 2014, and as the Performance panel chair in 2015.

South African theater artist Brett Bailey will visit Philadelphia for a three-week residency and a presentation of his adaptation of Verdi’s opera Macbeth, set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, presented in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia.

Center-supported performance projects and exhibitions continue to have successful presentations after their initial premieres in our region.

Theater artist and Pew Fellow Jennifer Kidwell on how she became an artist, the role of humor in her work, Philadelphia’s arts scene, and more.

While Jens Hoffmann was in Philadelphia to lecture at the Center in 2011, he made a few “studio” visits with local dance companies and described the experience to us.

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education commissions art that more directly fulfills its missions of land preservation, restoration, and education.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Linda Shearer has been the Executive Director of Houston’s Project Row Houses since 2009.