Esther Baker-Tarpaga is a performance artist and choreographer. She co-directs Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, a transnational performance company based in Burkina Faso and Philadelphia. Her performance work has recently toured to Tamadi'Arts in Carvin France, Bali Spirit Festival Ubud, InOut Festival Bobo Dioulasso, CECUT Tijuana, LabBodies Baltimore, Middlebury College, Panapoly NY, Rosekill Farm NY, The Wassaic Festival NY, and Kelly Strayhorn Theatre Pittsburgh. Her dance films have screened internationally and she is a published scholar. She has taught at University of the Arts, The Ohio State University, and was a Grant Wood Fellow at University of Iowa. She toured with David Rousseve/REALITY and collaborated with Guillermo Gomez-Pena/La Pocha Nostra. An Artist in Residence at Marin Headlands in 2013, she is also a recipient of a NY Live Arts Suitcase Fund, BETHA Grant, and was a US Cultural Envoy in Guinea, Botswana, and South Africa. She is a member of Philly Dance for Justice and co-founder of Meredith School Anti-Racist Group. She has a BA from Bowdoin College and an MA and MFA from World Arts and Cultures UCLA.