Headshot by Jess Cavender.
Anna Brown Massey researches intermedia performance, community arts development, and transdisciplinary improvisation. With choreographic, teaching, and performance commissions in Europe, the Caribbean, and across the United States, Anna has received grants and residencies from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Times Square Alliance, The Work Office, NTHCCC, Marble House Project; and from the Ohio State University’s Department of Department of Dance, Graduate School, and Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design.
Anna co-founded the annual challenge NACHMO (National Choreography Month), the site-specific dance company The Moves Project, and the advocacy group the Columbus Dance Alliance. In 2016 - 2017, Anna joined the Humane Technology Livable Futures Conference as a Research Fellow, presented at the Joint Conference of the Congress on Research in Dance and the Society for Dance History Scholars, and earned gala selection for her choreography at the American College Dance Association Eastern-Central Conference.
Anna danced with 25 companies in New York City, and teaches diverse methods of action, composition, and arts entrepreneurship. Her choreographic and teaching practices are informed by inclusive pedagogy. Her work is defined by the people who join her, both as artistic partners and as audience members. Anna’s choreographic events frequently highlight themes of agency and authorship. She is attentive to the body as a site of identity and transience.