Making space for expression through shared stories, creative exploration, and embodied knowledge…
Amy Compton: B.F.A., M.Ed., Licensed K-12 Teacher with Performing Arts Endorsement
My name is Amy Compton. I’m inspired by transformational learning; somatic exploration; making art for positive social change; and investigating personal and collective stories to create strong connections to people and the world around me. I use creative expressions including dance, storytelling, visual art, and music making…following my creativity across (trans) + forms (forma) to make what needs to be made. My goals are to empower my students, my collaborators, my audiences, and myself through work that comes from deep curiosity, embodied process, and explored imagination.
As a professional dancer and performer I’ve worked with various organizations including: Cleveland Public Theatre, The Ohio City Theater Project, The Dance/Theatre Collective, Antaeus Dance, Verlezza Dance, Marquez Dance, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The CSU Dance Company, The Repertory Project, Illumine, Uroboros Collective, and MoveWest. I hold a BFA in Dance Performance and Modern Foreign Languages as well as a Masters Degree in Education. I’m also a licensed public school teacher in the state of New Mexico creating curriculum, choreographing, and teaching dance technique and community outreach classes for ArtWorks, Santa Fe High School, The National Dance Institute of New Mexico, and MoveWest. I’m available for choreography commissions, residencies, master classes, workshops, private consultations and collaborations.
My choreography has been seen at The Cleveland Play House in Bell Book and Candle and Yentl; at Playhouse Square’s Allen Theater in Cabaret and my contemporary flamenco work La Llorona; in The Marriage of Figaro and Carmen with The Cleveland Orchestra and Opera, as well as at Cleveland Public Theatre for Neverland, And One Night, The Gay Marriage Plays and my own multimedia one woman show The Dreamer. I’ve also choreographed for organizations such as Meow Wolf, The National Dance Institute of New Mexico, The CSU Dance Team, Cleveland Museum of Art, Santa Fe Community Orchestra, LifeSongs, The Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, The STERIS Corporation, and Gina Gibney’s Food For Thought adjudicated series among others.
I’ve taught and created with urban intergenerational populations and youth, Jewish senior citizens, NCAA dance teams, children of Mexican migrant workers, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, Parkinson’s patients, rock bands, film and opera productions, churches, dance and theater companies, as well as my own students at Cleveland State University, Lake Erie College, Lakeland Community College, Santa Fe High School, and thousands of other public school children preK-12 throughout the U.S.
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