Stefanie Cohen, MA, RSME
I am one-half of the performance collaborative (known formerly as Upended Teacups), with my husband Corey Gearhart;
Our work "merging, embracing, disrupting, fragmenting and mending our backgrounds, educations, and decades of training in performance art, theatre, dance, somatics, sculpture, writing, drawing, and so on...". Since 2010, we have presented our performance works and site-specific installations — exploring the inner lives and fantasy worlds of everyday objects and activities. We teach workshops in somatic movement and devised performance in studios, festivals, and academic institutions; and curate performance through our space, LIGHT BOX in Detroit.
Since the early 1990's I have worked as a theater artist, a movement teacher, a somatic practitioner, and a performance artist, with a focus on the integration of bodily awareness, contemplative practice, and artistic process.
I hold a 2011 Masters degree from the University of Central Lancashire, in Dance and Somatic Well-being; completed the 1998 Contemplative Dance year-long program as a facilitator of Authentic Movement; and am registered as a Somatic Movement Educator through the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). I have served as a hospice worker, providing hands-on care and practical and emotional support to terminally ill clients and their caregivers. I served as owner and manager of SOMA: Studio Of Movement Arts for over a decade and have worked as a movement-based artist for over thirty years, teaching and performing in theaters, festivals, retreats and academic institutions throughout the U.S.