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Meet the Faculty

Wendy Shifrin


Wendy Shifrin

Dance, Women's Studies
Division: Arts
Appointment: 1984

112 Daniel Arts Center



BA University of Michigan
MA New York University

Professional History:

Faculty, Bard College at Simon's Rock, l984-
Faculty, New School for Social Research, NY, NY 1980-84
Faculty, Nancy Meehan School of Dance, NY, NY 1975-1984
Faculty, summer dance program George Washington University
Ass't Faculty: American Dance Festival

Areas of Interest:

Dance • Visual Arts • Theater • Fiction • Creativity in the Arts

Research Interests/Professional Service

  • "Biography and Autobiography in the Arts" workshop, AEPL Conference, Colorado, 2010
  • "Teaching the Body in History, Dance and Art History" with Joan DelPlato and Nancy Yanoshak, International Conference of the Humanities, Hawaii, 2008
  • "Choreographing Totentanz," Europaishcen Totentanz-Vereinigung Conference, Florence, Italy 2007
  • Dance Critics Conference, workshop, 1993

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances:


  • "SR Dance Concert: Reflecting, Defining, Creating Community," Educating Outside the Lines, ed: Nancy Yanoshak 2011
  • "Beautiful Bodies in Dance." Phobe Issue #4 1991


  • Nancy Meehan Dance Co, NY, NY Company Member 1974-1986
  • Twyla Tharp "The 100s" Jacob's Pillow, 2001
  • Annie Sailer Dance Co, performance NY, 2009


  • Two or more original group works per year, Bard College at Simon's Rock Dance Concert

Commissioned Choreography:

  • "Totentanz," choreography for multi-media performance 2007
  • "The Stigma," Pittsfield Community TV 1991
  • Solo for Berkshire New Dance Collective
  • Group works, Winter Dance Festival, Great Barrington, MA 1988-89
  • Group work, March Hare Concert, Great Barrington, MA 1989
  • Solo for Berkshire New Dance Collective, 1983
  • Dance Extravaganza, Detroit, MI 1983
  • Long Island Jewish Arts Festival, NY 1983
  • Duet Faculty Concert,Trinity College, CT 1981
  • Original choreography, NYC performances, 1980, 1981, 1982


  • Richard C. Drumm Award, May 2011
  • John B. Glover Teaching Award
  • Faculty Development Grants - 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2007,2008
  • First place award Massachusetts Community TV for "The Stigma" Pittsfield TV 1991