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Shannon Gillen / CHOREOGRAPHER + DIRECTOR:
Artistic Director of Shannon Gillen & Guests (SGG), Gillen received her BFA from The Juilliard School, where she was mentored by Martha Clarke and Pat Catterson. Upon graduating, Gillen studied Meisner acting at the Maggie Flanigan Studio. Her choreographic works have been presented at Alice Tully Hall, the Clark Studio Theater, Dance New Amsterdam, HERE Arts Center, with Movement Research at Judson Church, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, the Joyce SoHo season and as a finalist in the The AWARD Show!, with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Sitelines Series as part of NYC's River to River Festival, the Wave Rising Festival, INDEX Festival, and Reverb 2010. She has held residency with Festival Oltre Passo in Lecce, Italy, Fresh Tracks at Dance Theater Workshop, as an Artist in Residence with DNA, with LMCCs Swing Space, and as a MADAIR at the Stella Adler School of Acting. SGG was commissioned by PULSE Art Fair to bring WALL, a site-specific piece to Miami, Florida as part of Art Basel and most recently to present excerpts of BOTLEK in New York. Other recent SGG commissions include Judson Church, Dance Conversations at the Flea Theater and The University of Hartford. SGG’s work CLAP FOR THE WOLFMAN premiered to sold out shows at St. Marks Church in May in association with the Incubator Arts Project before touring to Canada. While in Montreal, Shannon was invited to perform at the Bain St. Michel as part of the Piss in the Pool series and returned to Springboard Danse Festival to create an original work to premiere at Usine C. Upon returning to New York, she was on faculty at the Movement Invention Project at Baryshnikov Arts Center and will be again in Summer 2012. This year the company was invited to perform in DNA's Raw Directions platform and also with New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Festival. In addition to her choreographic endeavors, Shannon received a Dean Fellowship and is pursuing her graduate studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is also on faculty at Dance New Amsterdam and Peridance and guest teaches at The Juilliard School.
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