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Stacy Dawson Stearns

Faculty, School of Theater


Phone: 661.253.7853

Room: E311

Stacy Dawson Stearns has been an instructor at CalArts since 2003 in both the MFA and BFA performance programs. Within higher education, she has taught at New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, and in the Dance Department at the Columbian School of Arts and Sciences at The George Washington University. Within the greater LA dance/theater community, Stacy has taught at the Big Sur Theater Lab, Pilates and Arts, Pieter Performance Space, and Caballero School of Dance. She holds a BFA in acting from NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing at Tisch School of the Arts and and MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College.

Stacy is a Bessie Award winning (2000) interdisciplinary performer and director, known for her original works as well as her collaborative work with Big Dance Theater, David Neumann, Hal Hartley, Ken Nintzel, and Blacklips Performance Cult. Over the past 23 years, she has performed in 9 countries and in numerous domestic festivals and venues including Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, Spoleto USA, Walker Art Center, The Whitney, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Classic Stage Company, HERE, Town Hall, City Center, Lincoln Center, Dance Theater Workshop, PS 122, MassMoCA, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The Performing Garage, Mother, and REDCAT. Grants/Residencies include: Three-legged Race in Minneapolis, MassMOCA, and CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship and Exchange). Commercially, Stacy has choreographed for pop icons Debbie Harry, Ann Magnusen, and the House of Jackie. Film credits include: No Such ThingWigstock: the Movie!, and academy award-winner filmmaker Jonathan Demme’s recent performance film of Big Dance Theater’s Another Telepathic Thing.

Most recent performance work includes B.A.S.E.: a durational rule game with choreographer Laurel Jenkins (performed at the Getty in August 2016), and  the witch, a dance piece and film currently in progress in collaboration with Jennie Mary Tai Liu of Grand Lady Dance House.

Stacy’s writings on performanc​e have been published in Native StrategiesItch Dance JournalThe 53rd State Press Occasional, and the book version of Another Telepathic Thing  (pub. The 53rd State Press). An advocate of local body-based art, Stacy co-administrates and serves on the board of Showbox LA, and is a member of the Pieter Council. Beyond the studio, research interests include somatic presence in relation to technology and mutual authorship of physical performance.

Stacy works with a loose collective of body-based artists known as the PsychOutDaDaGoGoFamily, with whom she will be appearing throughout the coming
year in the epic performance art serial, “Closet of Chaos”, at We Live in Space in Jefferson Park. Upcoming: Open rehearsals of Stacy’s newest work-in-process, Untitled 104, will be on view on the courtyard stage at the Hammer Museum January 3-6, 2017.

Artist website: http://www.impulseintoaction.com/stacy_performance.html

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