Shannon Murphy is an Ohio native who joined the Philadelphia dance community in 2007. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Dance from Point Park University, Murphy began her exploration into the somatic and movement healing arts. She is now a level three Franklin Method Educator, one of a select few in the United States. Murphy uses the FM in both her pedagogy and choreography, and has taught FM at many universities and dance companies, training programs and workshops specifically for veterans and people with PTSD. Murphy continues on her journey to experience as much movement as possible, developing her own kinetic vocabulary to strengthen her pedagogy and develop her understanding of performance, community and communication through dance.
Murphy proudly became a co-artistic director for idiosynCrazy productions alongside founder Jumatatu Poe in 2009. Since then, the company has produced performances as well as workshops, lecture demonstrations, panel discussions and other community events. Last year, Shannon was a FringeArts LAB Fellow, which supported her artistic research, experimentation and exploration of contemporary dance and cross-genre live performance work. As a choreographer, her work displays physical investigation, emotional intrigue and a curiosity of functionality both physically and metaphorically.
Her work has been presented at the Goose Route Dance Festival, InFlux, Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival, Community Education Center’s New Edge Mix, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts and Group Motion Dance Company’s Spiel Uhr. In 2010-11, she was a New Edge Resident Artist at the CEC where she created her latest evening-length work, “Find.” idiosynCrazy’s latest work “Plastic City” was a collaboration with Jumatatu Poe, which had its Philadelphia premiere at the Society for Dance History Scholars conference and has also performed at the Barnes Foundation and the Suzanne Roberts Theater. As a freelance performer, Murphy has worked with many dance artists/companies, including Anonymous Bodies/Kate Watson-Wallace, Dance Theater X, Kosoko Performance Group, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, SCRAP Performance Group, Peggy Baker, Robert Battle, Wally Cardona and Rennie Harris. She is currently a faculty member at the University of The Arts, teaches at PARD, and has been a teaching artist for the Koresh School of dance and the Koresh Youth ensemble for seven years.
Class Schedule, Fall 2014
|F||10:00AM - 11:20AM||Body Pathways I|
|F||08:30AM - 09:50AM||Intro to Franklin Method|
|-||Modern & Jazz Dance|