Elisabeth Motley, Artistic Director

Elisabeth Motley is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, scholar, and teacher whose work is concerned with incalculable bodies: deviance, divergence and disability as a choreographic site. Most recently, Motley received the 2018-2019 Fulbright US-UK Scholar Award where she researched disability artistry and instructed courses in choreography and improvisation at University of Roehampton in London, England. Motley was a 2018 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Parent Space grantee and has been an Artist in Residence at Center for Performance Research, Chez Bushwick, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Mt. Tremper Arts and was a Fresh Tracks artist at DTW. Elisabeth has received grants from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Her work has been presented at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Sitelines, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Center for Performance Research, Gibney Dance’s Work Up, Festival Oltre Passo – Italy, Springboard Danse Montreal, Danspace Project’s DraftWork, HERE Arts Center, Movement Research at Judson, The Chocolate Factory Theater’s THROW, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, and The Whitney Museum among others. Motley has performed the works of Yvonne Rainer, Pat Catterson and collaborated with Trisha Brown on a series of improvisational structures from 2011-2013. Elisabeth holds a BFA from the Juilliard School and MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College and has previously taught at Snow College, Manhattanville College, Bowdoin College, and The Juilliard School.