Jennifer Kayle '91.5
Jennifer Kayle is an Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Iowa, as well as an independent choreographer, dancer, and improvisational performer. Her work at University of Iowa and for Kayle + Company often includes movable sets, original text, and while speaking directly to the audience, an amplified human voice via recordings, megaphones, and microphones. Most recently, Jennifer’s choreographed and improvised work has appeared in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Black Earth Collaborative Arts Company (IA), Big Range Dance Festival (TX), with Immediate Theatre at ADF/Acts to Follow (NC), and will be appearing in 2007 on stages in Iowa, Massachusetts, Arizona, Helsinki, Finland, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Kayle’s own dancing has been referred to as having “muscular presence” (Dance Source Houston), while her work has been called “inventive, tightly crafted” (Vox Fringe), “distinct… affecting scenes, looping and episodic,” (Hampshire Gazette). After receiving her M.F.A. from Smith College, she taught and choreographed at Amherst, Hampshire, U.Mass, Keene State, and Muhlenberg Colleges, and presented work across New England and New York. Jennifer’s work has been selected for RDA and ACDF Regional & National GALA concerts, most recently at the 2007 ACDF in Milwaukee for “at the receding edges.” Her work has been supported by commissions and grants from Arizona Council for the Arts, Northampton Council for the Arts, University awards including an Arts & Humanities Initiative grant, Old Gold Fellowship, Iowa Research Experiences, and a project grant from the NEA/CBE. Jennifer is grateful for the influence of artists, teachers, and choreographers with whom she has worked including Peter Schmitz, Penny Campbell, Andrea Olsen, Karinne Keithley, Heidi Henderson, Wendy Woodson, Jim Coleman/Terese Freedman, and Charlotte Adams & Dancers. Jennifer continues to be challenged and informed by the work of her colleagues and co-founding members of The Architects: Katherine Ferrier, Lisa Gonzales and Pamela Vail, with whom she teaches a yearly professional workshop: MICI: Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.