STEPHANIE UNGER (Artist in Residence)
Stephanie Unger is a choreographer based in Oakland, California. She is originally from Florida, where she graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. After receiving her B.A. in English, with honors, from the University of Florida, Stephanie moved to Chicago to pursue a dance performance career.
In Chicago, Stephanie danced, choreographed, directed, and taught all over the city. She studied with River North Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, and the Actors' Gym. As a dancer, she performed for Matter of Reaction Movement Project, Matter Dance Company, Alliance Dance Company, Renegade Dance Architects, and Innervation Dance Cooperative. She was a rehearsal assistant and resident choreographer for Alliance Dance Company and part of the Artistic Cooperative board for IDC. At IDC, Stephanie was the Touring and Outreach Director for two years, during which she helped to found the touring branch of the company--IDC SPEAKS. As an independent choreographer, Stephanie's work was seen at Dance Chicago, Chicago Fringe Artists' Networking Night, Elgin Arts Festival, and Harmony Festival with Tiffany Lawson Dance.
After moving to Oakland, Stephanie continued to work as a choreographer, making her Bay Area debut by self-producing a sold-out evening length show, "Being Left, Leaving, and Being," in December 2017. In the last year, Stephanie's work from that show has been featured at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, the Spring Salon at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, East Bay DANCES (hosted by Oakland Ballet Company), and smaller gatherings including Open Floor at Glenwood Dance Studio in Chicago. In 2018, she has held three residencies in San Francisco: two for LEVYdance's LEVYsalons and a summer residency at SAFEhouse for the Arts.
She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the talented dancers at Lawson Dance Theatre and keep a connection with the Chicago dance community.