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Stefanie Batten Bland

Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance

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Assistant Professor Theatre & Dance Department, College of Arts

3 times 2021 Bessie Nominated and Jerome Robbins awardee Stefanie Batten Bland, is an interdisciplinary global artist-educator who interrogates contemporary and historical culture. Based in New York City, she founded Company SBB in France in 2008 and is a 2020 Baryshnikov Arts Center, Oxford University and Duke Performances commissioned artist.
COVID credits: Online - EU Day for the European Union at the United Nations, distanced films for Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, ABT at Duke, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim.

Pre COVID credits: Featured artist FIAF Crossing The Line Festival, Gina Gibney Dance Company, directorial and casting team “Life & Trust” Emursive Productions, Movement Director “Eve’s Song” Public Theater, Choreographer for American Ballet Theatre’s inaugural Women's Movement Initiative.

Publication Features: The New York Times Style Magazine, New York Times, Dance Europe, Brooklyn Rail, Marie Claire, TV 5 Monde and Dance Teacher Magazine among others, Batten Bland received her MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College and lives in SoHo NY with her family, where she grew up as the daughter of artists.

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Specialization Dance-Theatre, Site-Sympathetic & Immersive Theatre teaching modalities.



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Embarqued - Stories Of Soil - World Premiere 2022

Embarqued: Stories of Our Soil
Embarqued, an installation based dance-theatre work rooted in monuments and memory.Centered by a performative shipmast that invites reflection and reveals post-colonial foundations and mythology in the United States. Interrogating existing relationships to memorials, we call up our African ancestral stories integral to making our history united, enabling us to viscerally and holistically connect our country both forwards and backwards in space and time and through soil itself.

Life & Trust - Performance

Casting and Movement Director for Life and Trust production by Emursive Productions.

Challenging casting bias and patterning within immersive European American productions. Offering alternative casting visuals and parallel stories to support diverse hiring policies. Directing and creating movement to support story narration.

#WelcomeToBirdland - Guidebook in Dance Theatre and Space Making Modalities

#WelcomeToBirdland, is a manuscript which will inform makers of all types. My intention is for this book to foster collaboration with creators in theatre, dance performance and visual artists who have a performative installation practice as well as artist-educators and students.

At the book's core, is emphasis in articulation, presence, and dynamic decision making. By offering integrated examples of dance, theatre training and theory to students the book offers a current preparation that is tailored for the dance or physical-theatre trends that my students will be encountering in the majority of today’s immersive and installation performing art productions.