Stefanie Cohen (she/her),
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, improvising dancer, curator, and a performance artist, I delight in the integration of bodily awareness, contemplative practice, spiritual mystery, and artistic process. I have supported hundreds of other artists and creative explorers -- 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 co-stewarded multiple venues and communities, including SOMA: Studio Of Movement Arts, in Ann Arbor, The Ruby Slipper Series of Performing Arts in Boston, GLACIER (Great Lakes Contact Improvisation Enthusiasts Retreat), and Light Box performing arts space, 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 a Somatic Movement Educator through the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA)
My body resides and practices in both Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan -- on historic and ancestral lands of the Ojibwe, Ottawa, Potawatomi, Peoria, Meskwaki, Miami, and Wyandot tribes. .
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 curated and operated the performance and community space, LIGHT BOX in Detroit from 2014-2021.