Caroline Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence

The Caroline Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence program, supported by a gift of Margaret C. and William R. Hearst, III, is designed to foster the Program in Dance’s connections with the dance field. It provides selected professional choreographers with resources and a rich environment to develop their work and offers opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage with diverse creative practices.

These artists share their work and processes with the Princeton community through workshops, residencies, open rehearsals, and performances. The program is designed to be flexible enough to create meaningful interaction between artists and students, allowing artists to develop engagement activities to suit the interests of the students, and allowing students to create projects that involve the selected artists. In some cases, choreographers will guest-teach in classes and invite their professional dancers to join the classes to dance side by side with students. Other engagement activities might include students apprenticing as choreographic assistants; dinners and conversations between the choreographers and students; and advising student projects.

Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence are chosen yearly through a nomination process and include choreographers at various stages of their careers exploring a wide range of aesthetics, including those who may not otherwise fit easily into the Dance Program’s curriculum.

“By bringing our students into direct conversation with today’s ground breaking choreographers, we hope to create rare opportunities for learning that equally benefit the Hearst artists and the Princeton dance community.”
— Susan Marshall, Director of the Program in Dance


Caroline Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence Named in 2017-18

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Ralph Lemon
Karen Sherman
Abigail Zbikowski

Caroline Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence Named in 2018-19

Souleymane Badolo
Shannon Gillen
Jessica Lang
Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson
Olivier Tarpaga
Raphael Xavier

Caroline Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence Named in 2019-20

Brian Brooks
Annie-B Parson
Jumatatu Poe
Urban Bush Women


Hearst Dance Theater · Presented by: Program in Dance

Join the acclaimed Urban Bush Women as they rehearse various works in Legacy + Lineage + Liberation, their touring program that celebrates the company’s 35th anniversary and the power of Women(+). This collection of classic works, all choreographed by UBW Founder and Visioning Partner Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, transcend genres and amplify the voices of Women(+) of color and give multiple dimensions of life that are timely and relevant and continue to resonate especially in this era of #MeToo and Black Lives Matter.

Fri Oct 18, 2019 - Sun Oct 20, 2019 · 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

When Birds Refused to Fly

Hearst Dance Theater · Presented by: Program in DanceDepartment of Music

Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence Olivier Tarpaga, artistic director of Nomad Express International MultiArts Festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, presents this new work that uses a soundtrack created by the choreographer’s father’s band to visually connect the 1960s Sub-Saharan African independence movements to the painful fight for Civil Rights in the United States.

Ellie’s Studio, Lewis Arts complex · Presented by: Program in Dance

First in a series of 3 events with the inaugural Caroline Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence in the Program in Dance. Bessie Award-winner Abby Zbikowski and Abby Z and the New Utility company member Fiona Lundie share explorations of new works-in-progress, influences, training methods, and more. Open to Princeton students, faculty & staff.

Please note: the Choreographer-in-Residence is chosen yearly through an internal nomination process convened by Princeton University Program in Dance faculty. Applications and external nominations will not be accepted.

Read the announcement about the creation of the Caroline Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence program — June 5, 2017

Read the announcement about Caroline Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence named in 2018-19

Read the announcement for 2019-20 Caroline Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence