AWARDS FOR ACADEMIC AND CREATIVE RESEARCH

*David J. Paletz Course Innovation Grant, Duke University (2018-2019)

*Brown Arts Initiative, Artistic Presentation Grant, Brown University (2017-2018)

*Swearer Center Engaged Scholarship Course mini-grant, Brown University (2018)

*Mellon School for Theatre and Performance Research, Invited Participant, Harvard University (2017)

*Don Wilmeth American Theatre and Drama Society Fellow (2016-2017)

*Swearer Center Engaged Scholarship Course mini-grant, Brown University (2017)

*Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies, Brown University (2016)

*UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship (2015-2016)

*UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture Gerald and Merle Measer Dance Scholarship (2015-2016)

*UCLA Office of Instructional Development (OID) Mini-Grant for Course Development (2015)

*Participant, Mellon Dance Studies In/And the Humanities, Summer Institute, Stanford University (2014) 

*UCLA Conference Research and Travel Grant (2014)

*UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture Dean’s General Scholarship (2014-2015)

*UCLA Collegium of University Teaching Fellows (CUTF) (2014-2015)

*Sandra Kaufman Memorial Scholarship, Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (2013-2014)

*Departmental Scholarship, Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (2013-2014)

*Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholar Award, UCLA (2012-2013)

*UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (Mentor: Dr. Susan Leigh Foster)(2013)

*UCLA Regents Stipend (2012-2013)

*Department Foundation Scholarship, UCLA, World Arts & Cultures/Dance (2012)

*Departmental Award for Conference Travel and Research, UCLA, World Arts & Cultures (2010)

*Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education (2009-2012)

*Provost’s Summer Research Stipend for Scholarly & Creative Research, CSU-Long Beach (2009)

*Richard & Joanna Baker Scholarship, College of the Arts, CSU-Long Beach (2008-2009)

*Bessie Schönberg Choreography Residency, The Yard Artist Colony, Chilmark, Massachusetts (2008)

*National Endowment for the Arts, Challenge America: Access, Danceworks 50+ Initiative (2003)

 

 

Photo: Troy Blendell, 2018

SARAH
WILBUR
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Choreographer. 

Researcher. 

Dance Advocate.

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Dance

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.

I am Sarah Wilbur. I am a dance artist and scholar whose creative and academic research together recognize the parity between dances that are performed and the aspects of dance making that are suppressed or ignored.  I am invested in illuminating the vital contributions of dance and arts labor and laborers. My academic research asks how institutionalized norms of arts practice and performance make people move and organize their work. I study institutions and local arts work worlds using body-based analytical frameworks to show, in part, how people enact policies--and alternative possibilities--that sustain enabling environments for the arts in US culture.

 

I currently serve as an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Dance in the Dance Program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. 

As a dance artist, I have spent over two decades working between the non-profit arts production contexts of concert dance, musical theater, opera, and experimental performance, K-12 education, social service, health care, and Veterans' Affairs. Thus,​ I approach arts infrastructure as a complex human exercise by bringing my cross-sector and cross cultural history as an artist to bear on the study of US arts labor, institutions, and infrastructures.

 

In addition to choreographing dance theatre works that challenge dance's hierarchies of practice and production, I am currently completing a book that asks how instruments of federal arts funding make dance artists move through the enduring struggle to resource and recognize dance across the first fifty years of grant making at the Dance Program at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). 

I hold terminal degrees in dance practice (M.F.A.) and culture and performance (Ph.D.) from UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. I also hold a B.F.A. in dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

 

In July of 2018, I joined the Duke Dance faculty after completing a two-year appointment as the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in dance studies at Brown University (2016-2018). 

I have taught dance studio, seminar, and hybrid courses in academia since 1997.  My studio-oriented courses help students to situate their dance practices and productions in cultural and political economic contexts. My seminar courses apply body-focused research methods to the study of cultural performances in and beyond the arts. 

More on my institutional affiliations here: https://scholars.duke.edu/person/sarah.wilbur

 

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Dance                       

Dance Department

Duke University

Box 90686

2020 Campus Drive 209F

Durham, NC 27708-0685

Office Phone: 919-660-3369            

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