Lisa Gonzales - Columbia College Chicago

Lisa Gonzales

Associate Professor


Lisa Gonzales is an Associate Professor and the Acting Chair of Dance.  She teaches courses in Choreography, Improvisation, Contemporary Technique and Experiential Anatomy.  She has been described as a performer of “stunning power and nuance” by the New York Times and remains professionally devoted to the practices of performing, improvising, choreographing and teaching.  Domestically her work has been seen in a diverse collection of spaces including in New York City at DTW, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, Joyce Soho, Dixon Place, WAX, Joe’s Pub, John Jay College, and Brick Studio among others, and in Chicago at The Dance Center of Columbia College, Hamlin Park, Links Hall, and MANA Contemporary as part of an Incubational Artist Residency with High Concept Labs.   Internationally, Gonzales’ work has been presented at the historic Lu-Ling Theater in Taipei, Taiwan, at the Dostoyevsky Theater in St. Petersburg Russia, in Helsinki, Finland, and in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.  She is a recent recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and she will be presenting her new work, a dance-puppetry collaboration with designer, Tom Lee, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia this fall.  Gonzales received a BA from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT and an MFA in Dance with a specialization in choreography from the Ohio State University.  

Instructional Areas

choreography, improvisation, creative process, performance, contemporary technique, experiential anatomy

Creative Practice and Research Interests

choreography, improvisation, creative process, performance


B.A., English and Dance Middlebury College 1994
M.F.A., Dance The Ohio State University 1998