Stefanie Cohen (she/her),
MA, RSME, RSMT
Since childhood I have worked and played best in collaboration -- with other artists, with my own body and others', with the cycles of nature -- responding to and elaborating upon magical and mysterious images as they appear between us.
Throughout decades as a theater-maker, movement teacher, somatic practitioner, curator, and a performance artist, my primary delight has been with the integration of bodily awareness, contemplative practice, spiritual mystery, and artistic process.
I have supported hundreds of other artists and creative explorers -- in many ways, as an artist-whisperer of sorts.
I have served as a hospice worker, providing direct, hands-on care and practical and emotional support to terminally-ill clients and their caregivers.
I have stewarded multiple spaces, including SOMA: Studio Of Movement Arts, in
Ann Arbor, and Light Box, in Detroit, and have been a working artist for over thirty years, teaching and performing in theaters, festivals, retreats, and academic institutions throughout the U.S.
I hold a 2012 Masters degree in Dance and Somatic Well-being from the University of Central Lancashire; completed the 1998 Contemplative Dance year-long program as a facilitator of Authentic Movement; and am registered as both a Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist through the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).
Along with my creative and life partner, I am one-half of the interdisciplinary art collaborative Stefanie Cohen and Corey Gearhart (known formerly as Upended Teacups).
Since 2010, we have collaborated --- 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...
We have presented dozens of performance works and site-specific installations — exploring the inner lives and fantasy worlds of everyday objects and activities. We facilitate workshops in somatic movement and devised performance in studios, festivals, and academic institutions; and curate performance through our space, LIGHT BOX in Detroit.