Acclaimed as a “rising choreographer” by the New Yorker and as embodying “wit, concision and gutsy passion” by the New York Times, Rebecca Stenn, dancer, choreographer, educator, author, founded Rebecca Stenn Company in 1996. The company has since worked in opera, film and new media, and has collaborated with composers, musicians, visual artists and new media performance artists. Widely presented at theaters and festivals nationally and internationally, RSC has toured to over 50 cities in the U.S. and abroad, created over 30 commissioned works, held numerous residencies, and received awards and honors, including grants and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Joyce Theater Foundation. For the past 20 years, the company has been committed to residency and outreach programs, consistently working with communities in educational settings. Recent performances include a return to the Edinburgh Festival, The Joyce Theater Family Series, solo performances at the Rubin Museum and the premiere of a new duet at BAM Fisher.
As a principal dancer with MOMIX from 1989 to 1996, Stenn performed in over 30 countries and throughout the U.S. and appeared as a featured performer in films for Italian, Spanish and French television. Also with Momix, Stenn assisted in the choreography of and performed as a principal dancer in Lina Wertmuller’s production of Carmen at the Munich Stats Opera, and was a featured performer in the Emmy Award Winning PBS Special, Pictures at an Exhibition. Stenn is a founding member of Pilobolus Too with whom she toured throughout the world from 1996 to 2002, creating and performing works for the repertoire and a piece for the Radio City Rockettes. Stenn has been a contributing editor at Dance Magazine and recently co-authored the book, A Life in Dance: A Practical Guide. She has been the choreographic mentor for the National Young Arts Foundation, and with them she has created numerous performances presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Stenn is currently on faculty at The New School and Princeton University and is Choreographer-in-Residence at Dartmouth College. She has enjoyed Artist in Residencies at Barnard College, Montclair State University (New Works Award), University of Wisconsin (Alumni Award), Keene State College and Lafayette College among others. Stenn most recently choreographed the new multi-media opera Cracked Orlando at the Juilliard School and is currently creating The Elusive Bird Trilogy, an evening length work for Rebecca Stenn Company, to be premiered March 2021 at The Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, NH. Stenn holds a BFA from The Juilliard School and MFA from The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Stenn teaches both choreography and dance pedagogy at Princeton and serves as the Faculty Fellow for Dance in the Trenton Arts at Princeton program. A number of Stenn’s Princeton pedagogy students have designed curriculum for this and other public arts programs serving underserved youth as described in a fall 2020 story by the university.