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Shawn Womack

Associate Professor, Chair

Shawn Womack began her tenure at Colorado College in September 2011 after serving on the Grinnell College faculty for eight years. She has also taught as a guest artist at numerous colleges and universities including the Ohio State University, Iowa State University, University of Cincinnati and Ohio University. Prior to teaching at Grinnell, Shawn received her MFA in Choreography from University of California, Riverside. She came to UCR’s dance program after an active career as a choreographer and director of Shawn Womack Dance Projects, a Cincinnati-based contemporary dance and performance company that performed throughout the United States and in the former Soviet Union. Shawn’s choreography for the company was recognized with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council as well as the 1996 Ohio Governor’s award in the category of performing arts. Her more recent choreographic investigations interlace narrative and visual media with ethnographic and historical research to delve into matters of memory, place, and identity.  In the past ten years, Shawn’s choreography has been produced at Grinnell College, Bryant College, Iowa State University, Des Moines Playhouse, University of California, Los Angeles, Minneapolis’ Southern Theatre, San Diego’s Sushi, and University of California, Riverside. In June 2012, Shawn’s latest work, Terrain, received its premiere at the National Theatre of Tatarstan in Russia. At the invitation ofPantera, the contemporary dance company based in the Tatar city of Kazan, Womack spent five weeks teaching, choreographing and exploring the city’s multifarious landscapes. Terrain investigated the memories and promise of contrasting sites within Kazan. Through video and live action, the dance conjures invisible histories or stalled possibilities for the dancers to sensually and imaginatively correspond with the city’s past and present.