Wendy Rogers

Wendy Rogers.

Wendy Rogers has been a professor of dance at the University of California, Riverside, since 1996. She has choreographed and performed contemporary dances for over 40 years, residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and now Riverside. The Wendy Rogers Dance Company, her primary project from 1977 to 1990, performed her work nationally, in Europe and the Middle East. Her subsequent ten-year project, MAKESHIFT dancing (1991–2000), framed performances as editions of an evolving body of material constructed with partners such as composer John Luther Adams and dance artist Sara Rudner, among others. In Rogers’ new project, See What Happens (2011 to the present), her choreography continues explorations of dance as architecture of action, investigating the ways people shape place, and the ways place shapes human movement and interaction. Rogers has received grants and fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Irvine Fellowships in Dance, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a 2009 Fulbright Fellowship for work in Malaysia. Her film work includes location choreography for George Lucas’ Return of the Jedi. She taught choreography and improvisation at the University of California, Berkeley from 1982 to 1992.

In September 2007, Rogers participated in a discussion at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with Sara Rudner, introduced by Lisa Kraus, which was later published on the Center’s website.


Beth Sholom Synagogue planned for increased access to and interpretation of its building, the only synagogue ever designed by acclaimed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Grants & Grantees

PRISM will explore the artistic possibilities that arise at the intersection of saxophone music, technology, and time-based visual art, to lay the foundation for an evening-length production.

Questions of Practice

For the conclusion of Act I of our Push Me, Pull You series, we posed some remaining questions about (co-)authorship to Gordon, the 2011–13 Visiting Artist at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Grants & Grantees

Canuso’s new solo work Midway Avenue built on research initiated with UK-based choreographer Wendy Houstoun, premiered in May 2014 as part of FringeArts’ year-round programming.

Thaddeus Phillips’ new bilingual performance work for theater, inspired by his experience working on Colombian telenovela Alias El Mexicano, premieres as part of the 2015 Fringe Festival.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Sarah Lutman has worked in the arts and nonprofit sector for the past 35 years, and she is currently an independent consultant and entrepreneur.

Vidyasankar, a composer, vocalist, and accomplished performer on the chitravina (a 20-stringed slide instrument), will produce a concert that explores the evolving continuum of South Indian musical lineage.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Buff Kavelman founded the Kavelman Group Philanthropic Advisors in 1997 to serve individual donors, foundations, and organizations in strategic planning, board development, philanthropic initiatives, and external affairs.

Grants & Grantees

Pasión y Arte is an all-female dance company that creates challenging and original modern flamenco works.

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum held a residency with bassoonist Pascal Gallois, featuring a series of master classes and performances.

The Kimmel Center, Inc. presents the Philadelphia premiere of Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dream Project, a multimedia work that illuminates the lived experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

Elevator Repair Service’s production of The Sun Also Rises (The Select) was reviewed in the New York Times and Artforum after its premiere in New York City.