Amy Smith is a founder and co-director of Headlong Dance Theater, a Philadelphia-based contemporary dance company. Since 1993, Headlong has created collaborative dance theater works and toured nationally and internationally. Recent projects include “This Town is a Mystery,” a series of performances created in collaboration with (non-professional performer) members of four Philadelphia households, followed by a potluck dinner; “More,” which was created after two years of creative provocations from choreographer Tere O’Connor; and “Red Rovers,” which uses the true story of the Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity as a dramaturgical starting point. Amy grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., and double majored in Dance and Religion at Wesleyan University. After college, she spent a year studying at the Center for New Dance Development in Holland.
Outside of Headlong, Amy has performed in the work of Deborah Hay, Ishmael Houston Jones and others. She has also performed extensively in theater and cabaret, and has won both a Barrymore (Philadelphia Theatre Award) for 1812 Productions' “Suburban Love Songs” and a Bessie (New York Dance Award) for Headlong's “ST*R W*RS and other stories.” In 2008, Headlong opened the Headlong Performance Institute, an experimental performance training program for young artists offering full college credit. Amy is finance director for Headlong and often serves as a mentor to younger artists and companies in Philadelphia. She worked for many years doing business management in the for-profit world and served as treasurer on the Dance/USA board of Trustees. She also chaired a committee that successfully created a new dance service organization for Philadelphia: Dance/USA Philadelphia. Amy teaches workshops in Financial Literacy to artists through the Creative Capital Professional Development Program and does tax preparation for approximately 75 artists annually.
Class Schedule, Spring 2014
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