Gwen Welliver is an award-winning dancer and choreographer known for her longstanding work with a wide range of master choreographers. Her choreography has been commissioned for venues ranging from opera houses to gallery settings. Welliver is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Choreography, and was awarded a New York Dance and Performance ‘Bessie’ Award for Sustained Achievement for her work with Doug Varone. As Rehearsal Director for Trisha Brown, Welliver maintained Brown’s extensive repertory, directed the revival of Brown’s seminal works for the touring exhibition ‘Trisha Brown: Dance and Art in Dialogue 1961–2001’, and oversaw Brown’s operatic choreography at La Monnaie and Festival d’Aix. Welliver’s own choreography for opera premiered in a contemporary production at the Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, and Singapore Festival of Arts. Teaching has been a central part of Welliver’s research and practice for decades. She has taught in a wide range of settings — including academic, conservatory, cultural centers, and dance festivals — on four continents. Welliver holds an MFA from Bennington College.
Master of Fine Arts, Bennington College
Contemporary Dance, Movement Improvisation, Choreography, Dance Composition, Directing