Five College Consortium

Amherst College Professor Wendy Woodson Presents “Thrown for a Loop: A Life in Performance”

The 2017 Five College Jackie Pritzen Lecture
Thursday, March 9, 4:30 p.m., Holden Theater, Amherst College

As the 2017 Five College Jackie Pritzen lecturer, Wendy Woodson will talk about the different surprises and challenges in her work as an interdisciplinary artist in dance, theater and video and as an artist in academia. Woodson, the Roger C. Holden 1919 Professor of Theater and Dance at Amherst College, is a choreographer, director, writer and video artist. 

Woodson’s dance and theater works have been performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, LaMaMa Etc., the Smithsonian Institution, Jacob's Pillow, and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Her video works have been exhibited at festivals throughout the United States, in Germany, Sarajevo, and at the deCordova Museum. She has received numerous fellowships and grants in choreography, playwriting and video from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities, among others.

For the past 10 years, Woodson has been working in Australia as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, as an artist-in-residence at the Victorian College of the Arts and at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, commissioned to create a video installation for the Victoria Museum of Immigration.  Her most recent full length play, Dora, was presented at LaMaMa in Melbourne and in Amherst in 2016.

Woodson's performance takes place in the Holden Experimental Theater, which is part of the Kirby Theater building on the Amherst College campus.