Roger C. Holden 1919 Professor of Theater and Dance & Chair of Theater and Dance
Improvisation, Interdisciplinary Performance, Composition, Site Specific Performance, Video and Performance
Wendy Woodson, Roger C. Holden 1919 Professor of Theater and Dance at Amherst College (and the Five College Dance Department), is a choreographer, director, writer and video artist. She is also founder and Artistic Director of Present Co. Inc. a non-profit organization that produces and tours new work in different media.
Since 1980 she has created 95 works for stage and video presented throughout the U.S. and in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Dance and theater works have been performed in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, LaMaMa Etc. NYC, LaMaMa Melbourne, the Smithsonian, Jacob's Pillow, Emerson Majestic Theater, Washington Project for the Arts, Wolf Trap, PS 122 and at numerous colleges and universities.
Video works have been exhibited at festivals throughout the US, in Germany, Sarajevo, and at the DeCordova Museum. Awards for her work include fellowships and grants in choreography, playwriting and video from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the D.C. Commission on Arts & Humanities and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Consortium as well as Grand Prize and Honorable Mention awards at the San Francisco Video and Poetry Film Festival, the U.S. Super 8 Film and Video Festival, the New England Film and Video Festival, and the Deutscher Video Kunstpreis.
In 2008 she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar, artist-in-residence at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. She was also granted an artist residency at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy. In 2011 she was artist in residence at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia when she was commissioned to create a video installation for the Victoria Museum of Immigration. As an arts educator, Woodson was an artist in the schools with the National Endowment for the Arts and with numerous other public and private organizations before joining the Amherst faculty in 1987.