New York based choreographer Claudia Schreier has been named the second annual Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Fellow at NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA), supporting emerging female choreographers.
New York based choreographer Claudia Schreier has been named the second annual Virginia B. Toulmin Fellow at NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA). Established in 2015 by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and CBA, the Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers was designed to support promising female choreographers early in their careers.
“Virginia Toulmin was passionately devoted to both the performing arts and the advancement of women,” said Jennifer Homans, director and founder of CBA. “This fellowship has created an important opportunity for women in the world of ballet.”
Schreier has earned early praise for her distinctive choreographic voice, mixing neoclassical technique with an inventive contemporary vocabulary. Since graduating from Harvard in 2008, she has been commissioned by various companies and organizations, including the Vail International Dance Festival, Ballet Academy East, The Ailey School, Lake Tahoe Dance Collective, Intermezzo Dance Company, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, The Harvard Club of New York Foundation, Harvard Ballet Company, and the Academy of Music Arts. Most recently, she served as choreographic assistant to Damian Woetzel for the premiere of SPACES by Wynton Marsalis at Jazz at Lincoln Center, featuring Lil Buck and Jared Grimes.
In 2015, Schreier presented a full-evening performance of her work, Claudia Schreier & Company, at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. The event featured performances by thirteen dancers from seven professional companies, including the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. She is a 2015 Dance Magazine Reader's Choice Award Nominee for Best Emerging Choreographer, winner of the 2014 Breaking Glass Project choreographic competition, and a recipient of the Suzanne Farrell Dance Prize in recognition for Outstanding Artistry in the Field of Dance at Harvard University.
The Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers provides fellows with a stipend of $35,000 for one semester. Fellows are also furnished with an office, studio space, access to housing, and the opportunity to be part of a community of artists and scholars with whom they can share and debate ideas. To be considered for the fellowship, potential candidates are required to submit a proposal for the project they will work on while at CBA.
The Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA) at New York University (NYU) was launched in September 2014 by former ballet dancer and prominent historian Jennifer Homans with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and support from NYU. An international institute for scholars and artists of ballet and its related arts and sciences, it exists to inspire new ideas and new ballets, expanding the way we think about ballet and bringing vitality to its history, practice and performance in the 21st century. CBA hosts a variety of artists and scholars in residence from a wide range of disciplines and united in an interest to work on ballet. For more information about the Center for Ballet and the Arts and its programming, visit the CBA website.