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Okwui Okpokwasili

Performing Arts, 2016



Okwui Okpokwasili is a New York-based writer, performer and choreographer. She is currently the New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist.  As a performer, Okpokwasili frequently collaborates with award-winning director Ralph Lemon, appearing in Come Home, Charley Patton (for which she won a Bessie Award), HYCS and Scaffold Room. She has appeared as an actor in many productions, including Nora Chipaumire’s Miriam; Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Young Jean Lee’s Lear; Richard Foreman’s Maria Del Bosco; Richard Maxwell’s Cowboys and Indians; and Joan Dark (The Goodman Theater). Residencies and awards include The French American Cultural Exchange (2006–07); MANCC Choreographic Fellowship (2012); Baryshnikov Arts Center Artist-in-Residence (2013), NYLA Studio Series (2013); Under Construction at the Park Avenue Armory (2013); NYFA Fellowship in Choreography (2013); LMCC’s Extended Life Program (2014); and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Artist Grants in Dance (2014).