|Office Location:||Rubenstein Arts Center 209F, 2020 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27705|
|Office Phone:||(919) 660-3354|
Sarah Wilbur (Assistant Professor of the Practice/Dance) is a cross-sector choreographer and dance/performance researcher who studies artistic labor, identity and institutionalization, currently in a US context. She brings a strong field orientation to bear on her academic research, including over twenty years of field experience working across the cultural economies of concert dance, theatre, musical theater, opera, K-12 education, health care, and Veterans’ Affairs. Both her creative and scholarly research and teaching recognize the parity between dances that are performed and the aspects of dance making that are suppressed or ignored. It is Sarah’s primary goal to highlight dance’s under-recognized labor and laborers in all facets of her professional work.
Sarah’s current manuscript, entitled Funding Bodies: Five Decades of Dance "Making" at the National Endowment for the Arts [1965-2016] offers a critical cultural history of institution building and belonging inside of the Dance Program embedded in the lone arts philanthropic arm of the US federal government. Early articulations of her work on NEA dance recognition and resourcing appear in the The Oxford Handbook on Dance and Competition, and The Futures of Dance Studies edited collection (University of Wisconsin Press). A book that asks the choreographic question: how does the movement of capital motivate the movement of dance organizers within the context of federal arts subsidies, Funding Bodies is currently under contract with Wesleyan University Press.
Education & Training
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (culture and performance studies)
Teaching (Fall 2019):
Spring 2019 11am-1pm and by appointment.
Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive