Maria Gillespie // The Collaboratory
practice – converse – collaborate – move – incubate – investigate – make – perform – unfix - make again
Maria Gillespie is a choreographer, performer, and dance educator. A large portion of her work focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration and improvisation. She received an MFA in choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Cultures and a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase. Gillespie founded and directed LA-based Oni Dance (2003-2015) and was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch". Her choreography has been presented at numerous venues nationally including The Ford Amphitheatre, The Getty Museum, Highways Performance, Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater REDCAT, The A.W.A.R.D Show!, UCLA, CalArts, Joyce SoHo, CounterPulse, and numerous festivals and universities. She has performed and taught internationally in Mexico, Japan, and China. A four time Lester Horton Award winner, Gillespie received grants from The Durfee Foundation, The Irvine Foundation, UWM’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and The Center for International Education. She has taught at numerous institutions including UCLA, CalArts, Loyola Marymount, CalState University Long Beach, University of Iowa. She is Assistant Professor of Dance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Gillespie co-directs the improvisation performances ensemble Hyperlocal MKE and The Collaboratory as the forum for creating interdisciplinary performance collaborations.