UMTAD Dance Department Welcomes Assistant Professor jess pretty

Dance professor jess pretty looks into the distance, smiling softly, wearing a yellow hoodie.
Photo by Kelly Marshall

jess pretty will be joining UMTAD this coming August as an Assistant Professor of Dance. She brings a truly broad and deep range of experiences and embodied research that will certainly enrich and develop the dance department’s learning community for years to come. 

jess pretty (she/her/hers) received an MFA in Dance with a minor in Queer Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. she has shown her work at La Mama Experimental Theater Club (2017 La Mama Moves Festival), New York Live Arts (as a 2016/17 Fresh Tracks artist), CATCH!, Gibney Dance Center, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, the CURRENT SESSIONS, panoply performing arts space, Green Street Studios, three ACDA conferences, and the Chocolate Factory Theatre. pretty has collaborated and been a part of the works of: Will Rawls, Claudia Rankine, Kevin Beasley, Okwui Okpokwasili, Peter Born, Catherine Gallasso, David Thomson, Katie Workum, Niall Jones, Jennifer Monson, Cynthia Oliver, Leslie Cuyjet and Dianne McIntyre.

Welcome, jess, to our UMTAD community!

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