Acacemic & Field Service

Photo: Da Xu, 2011

Photo: Cathy Opie, 2016

2019-2020

  • Director at Large, Dance Studies Association (2019-2022)

  • Member, Dance Studies Association Finance & Development Committee (2019-2022)

  • Member, Trinity Arts & Sciences Council, Duke University (2019-2022)

  • Member, Trinity Curriculum Committee, Duke University (2019-2022)

  • Member, Ruby Advisory Committee, Duke Arts, (2019-2020)

2018-2019

  • Editorial review board, Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. 

  • Guest Faculty, Mellon Pre-conference on Emerging Research in Dance Studies, August 7-8, 2019, Northwestern University.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Institute for Curatorial and Performance Practice, Wesleyan University

  • Teaching for Equity Fellow, Duke University

 

2017-2018

  • Studies in Dance Working Group, Invited Participant Harvard University/ICA Boston

  • Discussant, New England Cultural Organizers Convening/New England Foundation for the Arts. November 6-7, 2017,  Jacob’s Pillow, Beckett, MA.

2016-2017

  • Mellon School for Theatre and Performance Research at Harvard, Invited Participant

  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies, Brown University

2015-2016

  • Dissertation Year Fellow UCLA Graduate Division

  • Graduate Student Researcher, Dr. Susan Leigh Foster (book project) 2015-2016

  • Reviewer, Undergraduate Admissions, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance Screening Committee (BA World Arts/Cultures major). February 2016

 

2014-2015

  • Graduate Student Researcher/Representative. UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, 2014-2015 school year

  • Reviewer, Undergraduate Admissions, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance Screening Committee (BA World Arts/Cultures major). February 2015

  • Project Coordinator, The Dance Cloud, inter-campus, web-based research and development initiative aimed at supporting working dance artists (Fall 2013-present)
     

2013-2014

  • Graduate Student Researcher/Representative. UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative, 2013-2014 school year

  • Reviewer, Undergraduate Admissions UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance Screening Committee (BA World Arts/Cultures major). February 2014

  • Project Coordinator, The Dance Cloud, inter-campus, web-based research and development initiative aimed at supporting working dance artists (Fall 2013-present)

 

2012-2013

  • TA Coordinator, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, 2012-2013

  • Editorial Board, UCLA Ethnomusicology Review. UCLA ethnomusicology graduate student journal

  • Reviewer, Undergraduate Admissions, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance Screening Committee (BA dance major). February 1, 2013

  • Conference Co-Chair, Dance Under Construction/Congress on Research in Dance Special Topics Conference The Choreography of non-Dancing Subjects. UCLA (2013)

 

2011-2012

  • Dean’s Student Council Graduate Representative, UCLA-School of Arts and Architecture

    • Dr. Christopher Waterman, Dean

  • Graduate Student Organization Representative, UCLA-Department of World Arts and Cultures

 

2010-2011

  • Conference committee member: “Anxieties of Overexposure”. Graduate student performance studies conference.” Convened by the UCLA Center for Performance Studies, Los Angeles, U.S (2010)

  • Dean’s Student Council Graduate Representative, UCLA-School of Arts and Architecture

    • Dr. Christopher Waterman, Dean

  • Graduate Student Organization Representative, UCLA-Department of World Arts and Cultures

 

1997-2007

  • United Performing Arts Fund, Workplace Giving Performer/Speaker

 

2003-2006           

  • UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association-Board of Trustees

    • Chair Honors Committee Chair (2004-2006)

    • Chair of UWMAA Run Walk Committee (2005-2006)

  • Young Professionals of Milwaukee, Art Mob Committee Member

 

2000-2002

  • Co-Founder, Dance Milwaukee

    • Monthly forum for local artistic directors of non-profit dance companies, co-founded with Simon Dow, Artistic Director, Milwaukee Ballet

1995-1996

  • UW-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts, Dean’s Student Council

    • Undergraduate Representative, Dr. Catherine Davy, Dean

 

Memberships

  • Amercian Theatre and Drama Society (2016-present)

  • National Dance Education Association (2014-present)

  • World Dance Alliance, individual member (2012-present)

  • Society of Dance History Scholars, individual member (2009-present)

  • Congress on Research in Dance, individual member (2009-present)

  • American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) choreographer/member #27002 (2008-present)

  • Dance USA, individual member (2008-present)

  • Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles, individual member (2007-present)

  • National Association of Dance Educators (NDEO) individual member (2009-present)

  • Association of Stage and Theater Research (ASTR) individual member (2012-present)   

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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