Alice Sheppard – Disability Future Fellow
Alice Sheppard is the Founder and Artistic Director of Kinetic Light, a project-based ensemble, working at the intersections of disability, dance, design, identity, and technology to create transformative art and advance the disability arts movement. Kinetic Light is a leader in the emerging form of disability dance, a field Sheppard defines as comprising work rooted in intersectional disability history, arts and culture, and work that is made by, features, and often imagines disabled people as the primary audience. Alice is a sought-after speaker, panelist, and writer whose university lectures and writings articulate the new emergence of disability art, culture, and aesthetics in dance. Her choreography has been commissioned by CRIPSiE, Full Radius Dance, and MOMENTA Dance Company. A United States Artists Fellow, Creative Capital grantee, and Bessie Award winner, Sheppard creates movements that engage and challenge conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and peer-reviewed journals such as Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy.