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I am a writer and choreographer in Philadelphia. I am interested in messy, complex humans colliding with rigid systems. I am interested in how unequal everything is, and the stories we tell ourselves about that. I am interested in the stories men tell ourselves about everything. I am interested in what bodies know that brains don't. I think pretty is the enemy of beautiful.

My debut young adult novel, Wilder, was published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in November 2018. I am currently writing a novel narrated by a young woman with a developmentally disabled brother.

I was a founding Co-Director of Philadelphia's Headlong Dance Theater from 1993-2013. We made raucous performance works.

I am an activist and organizer for artists having sustainable lives. I founded Artists U (programs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and South Carolina) and wrote Making Your Life as an Artist.

Career stuff: my creative work has been supported by the Creative Capital Foundation, The NEA, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The New England Foundation for the Arts, Yaddo, and Ucross. I received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Fellowship in the Arts, and a Bessie for Choreography at the New York Dance and Performance Awards.


Rebecca Stead, The Book Group


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