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Lucky Survey Taker Stephanie Skura Wins $100 Office Depot Gift Card

Erika Enomoto

Communications Manager

Stephanie Skura, Surreptitious Preparations for an Impossible Total Act, 2017. Photo by Ian Douglas.

Congratulations to Auburn artist Stephanie Skura! Stephanie is the lucky winner of a $100 gift card to Office Depot, the supply store of her choice. “I have a home office and, as you know, artists do massive amounts of administration,” she shared with our Programs Manager Katy Hannigan.

In 1996, Stephanie received a Fellowship from Artist Trust in 1996. For over three decades, she has created interdisciplinary movement-based performances, with a process that focuses on the power and totality of each performer, collaboratively discovering, and developing material. We are happy to reconnect with Stephanie and hear what she has been up to.

A “radical & perpetual innovator”, Stephanie Skura was called “a major American experimentalist” by Dance Ink. She has an international reputation for adventurous work and she has performed and taught in 30 of the United States and in 15 countries. Her New York City-based touring company performed worldwide for 15 years until she moved to Seattle in 1993. Her current work integrates a radically visceral approach to language, continuing life-long investigations of the boundaries & intersections of dance, theater, poetry, and performance. Her 2012 Two Huts was commissioned by Roulette Intermedia in Brooklyn, NY and shown in Seattle with support from 4Culture. In 2016-2017, Surreptitious Preparations for an Impossible Total Act – an anti-fascistic scored process with an age-embracing global cast of wizardly improvisers,—was shown at Sundays on Broadway in Manhattan, performed at Roulette in Brooklyn, and will reprise in Seattle during summer 2018. Pictured in the photo are (from left to right) performers Shelley Hirsch, Paige Barnes, Stephanie Skura, Wendy Perron, Eva Karczag, Sally Dean, and Debra Wanner.

Now based in the US Pacific Northwest, Stephanie works independently with various companies, artists and institutions. She was on Graduate Faculty at the University of Washington School of Drama Professional Actors Training Program, and Core Faculty of the Skinner Releasing Institute. She’s taught at such places as the American Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, European Dance Development Center, Naropa Institute, Movement Research in New York, Container12 in Italy, Ponderosa & Tanzfabrik in Berlin, Independent Dance in London, and at many colleges and universities. To learn more about Stephanie, visit her website at stephanieskura.com.

We appreciate everyone who took the time to take this year’s artist survey! We cannot emphasize how crucial it is for us to hear from artists of all disciplines, geographies, cultures, and ethnicities. Our final survey count was 1,720 responses; that’s 200+ over our goal! At this time, our Programs team is working on compiling your responses. We look forward to sharing the data with you all this fall.