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Columbia College Chicago
Lisa Gonzales

Lisa Gonzales

Lisa Gonzales

Assistant Professor

Email: lgonzales@colum.edu
Phone: (312) 369-8317

Lisa Gonzales is an independent dance maker, improviser and performing artist. She began her training in choreography and improvisation with Penny Campbell, Andrea Olsen, Peter Schmitz and Jill Becker at Middlebury College where she received her B.A. She went on to earn her M.F.A. from Ohio State University and moved to New York City in 1999 where she was based until 2004. In 1999, with Pamela Vail, Jennifer Kayle and Kathrine Ferrier, she founded the Architects, an improvisational dance company that performs nationally and internationally. She has performed and shown her choreography in New York at such venues as DTW, Danspace at St. Mark's Church, Joyce Soho, WAX, Joe's Pub, John Jay College, Brick Studio, University Settlement and others, as well as in spaces across the United States. Internationally, she has presented her work in Taiwan, Russia and Finland and has been invited to teach and perform in the Dominican Republic in January. She credits many artists with whom she has worked as being influential to her own art making including Peter Schmitz, Penny Campbell, Susan Sgorbati, Andrea Olsen, Deborah Hay, Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, Paul Matteson, K.J. Holmes, Amy Chavasse, Deana Acheson, her work with the Architects, and others. She has also had the pleasure of touring with choreographer/puppeteer Dan Hurlin in his Obie award-winning work Hiroshima Maiden, and is currently collaborating with New York puppeteers Chris Green and Erin Ore on a work entitled Tin Lightening that combines elements of dance, theater, object performance and puppetry. She is beginning a new evening length dance work of her own which will premier in the fall of 2008 and is presenting work in Chicago at Links Hall in February and in March. She is a lecturer at Columbia College, Chicago and on faculty at the Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation which happens annually in June at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.