Renata Sheppard
Since 2008

A dual citizen, born in Italy and raised in the United States, Renata Sheppard is a dancer and choreographer with formal training in theatre, music, and visual arts. Since 2007, she has worked in performance-as-research deeply investigating the nature of technology as an extension of human function/expression.
She began a dialogue with technology through Dance for the Camera at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she obtained her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, receiving awards for her choreography and entrepreneurialism. She also worked in the Tele-Immersive Environment Lab in the Department of Computer Science, traveling internationally to present the work. Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (LMA) is fundamental to her artistic approach and teaching philosophy.
Her trans-disciplinary work brings together art, science, and technology and as a 2010 Fulbright Scholar to Italy, she began integrating notions of culture and place into this dialogue, pursuing artistic residencies in Kolkata, India and Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia. She is a 2012-2013 Henry Luce Scholar positioned at the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan.
Renata is dedicated to nurturing collaboration and cross-cultural relationships through the arts. She is currently organizing and curating the Sound and Movement: Embodied Sound for the Screen workshop---an experimental film meets dance for the camera workshop--with guest faculty Noemie LaFrance and Larry Sider from the School of Sound. This workshop is part of a National Endowment for the Arts sponsored festival called Harbor for the Arts at the Arts Enter Cape Charles on Virginia's beautiful Eastern Shore.