Alumni Portrait Stacy Dawson Stearns


Interview with interdisciplinary movement artist Stacy Dawson Stearns, 2012 graduate of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Washington program at Goddard College. 

Artist Statement 

"My dances arise from the liminal space between conscious and subconscious awareness. Asserting my subjective reality in the shared physical plane, they take form as meditations on, responses to, and rejections of structures that shape collective experience. I wish to shatter concepts of the single truth in order to learn how to accept the numinous, diverse, and incalculable ways sentient forms communicate through being. I want to learn through my own animated flesh a way to span perceptual boundaries that classify body/mind, life/death, past/present/future, so that I may share aspects of my sensory experience of being human. Through the use of unstandardized movements and deliberate rejection of linear narrative, I nurture and protect the wild internal spaces in myself and in others that remain unsold, unmitigated, and free." 

Bio note 

Stacy is a performing artist, trainer, and educator. Her professional performance career began in NYC in 1991 with the internationally renowned company, Big Dance Theater. Based in New York for 15 years and Los Angeles for the past decade, she has shared her choreographic, directorial, and solo performance with regional and national audiences. Stacy has been a part of art collectives Blacklips Performance Cult, Advanced Beginner Group, Big Dance Theater, and Show Box LA. Stacy's bodywork and performance training embodies the concepts that shaped her as a performer: discipline, generosity, and respect for the path of the individual. In addition to her private teaching practice, she has taught in higher education performing arts programs since 1996: at Marymount Manhattan College, New York University, and currently as adjunct faculty at California Institute of the Arts. Awards include a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) in 2000, and a 2012 CHIME grant. She holds an MFA from Goddard College (Interdisciplinary Art) and a BFA from NYU's Experimental Theater Wing.