Lisa Wymore

Department Chair; Associate Professor

Modern Dance Technique, Choreography

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Lisa Wymore performed her graduate study at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she was awarded a Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, an Outstanding Achievement Award, and a Moe Family Award for her creativity. After graduating with an M.F.A. in Dance in 1998, she moved to Chicago and began her career as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She was a faculty member within the Northwestern University Dance Program from 2000 to 2004, where she worked as the Faculty Advisor for the Northwestern University Dance Ensemble, as the touring and outreach facilitator of the Dance Program, and twice as the Co-Artistic Director for Danceworks, the annual Northwestern University faculty choreographed concert.

Wymore has been awarded twice by the Illinois Arts Council Fellowships for her choreography. She has also been awarded several Community Arts Assistant Program Grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. In January 2004, she was invited to travel to Vietnam to work on a project entitled Artistic Voices Across Cultures in Collaboration.

Wymore is now an Associate Professor at the University of California Berkeley in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. She teaches classes in choreography, dance technique, pedagogy, improvisation, and performance.

Professor Wymore is Co-Artistic Director of Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts with Sheldon B. Smith. The company creates multimedia dance theater works and experimental performances. Their work has been presented and hosted by numerous national and international festivals including: the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art Summer Solstice Celebration, Dance Chicago, the Performing Arts Chicago PAC/edge Festival, the Dublin Fringe Festival, the Minneapolis Spark Festival, the Earagail Arts Festival in Donegal, Ireland, the [Kon.[Text]] Symposium in Zurich, Switzerland, and the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM) in Amsterdam.

Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts has won numerous awards including Best Interdisciplinary Performance and Best Use of Technology at the Chicago PAC/Edge Festival 2004 and was nominated for two 2006 Isadora Duncan awards (San Francisco Dance Awards) for Best Choreography and Best Design. Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts is currently working on a project entitled Number Zero, which explores body computer augmented performance interfacing with explorations around body memory, sensation, power, and perception. For more information please see the Disappearing Acts’ website:

Professor Wymore started a multi-disciplinary project called The Resonance Project in 2005, which has evolved into the Z-Lab UC Berkeley – a site for interactive real time collaboration. This project involves choreographers, computer engineers, and visual/sound artists who are investigating presence/co-presence and corporeal and code interactivity within live and media based performance. For more information follow the Z-Lab blog: Other recent projects spear headed by Professor Wymore include: Parking Space, a site-specific community based dance performance which took place in a local parking lot in the city of Los Banos, California in June 2007. And more recently Professor Wymore was invited to participate in the Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute in New Orleans that had the theme of Soul Deep: Why are People Poor? Demystifying the Opportunity Gap in America. From this experience she worked with TDPS colleague Amara Tabor-Smith and former Urban Bush Women member and Leadership Institute Facilitator Paloma McGregor to create a five-week long residency within the department. The residency culminated in a series of performances entitled From the Field to the Table. It centered on food justice issues and community art making practices. For more information, visit the blog that Professor Wymore created for this project:

Wymore is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst from the Integrated Movement Studies program. She regularly teaches workshops and classes in this system. She is one of the Co-Founders of the Townsend Center Dance Studies Working Group. For the past three years she has been honored to be an organizer of Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration in the Bancroft Studio – a daylong series of events, performances, talks, and participatory activities honoring California Native Americans and indigenous peoples from around the world.

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