Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Living Arts-Wolf Trap Program Visiting Artist
Roberta Lucas is a professional performing artist, choreographer, and teaching artist. Her education includes a BA from Oakland University. As a student choreographer her work was a gala selection for A.C.D.F.A. at Ohio State. This piece was the first choreography she created using Anna Halprin’s scoring process. After 10 years of touring with Other Things & Co and Pirouettes and Pigs that Fly she returned to the Detroit area to earn a Master’s Degree from Michigan School of Professional Psychology and an L.L.P. Her Master’s Thesis on “collaborative-creativity” included an interdisciplinary performance of dance and visual artists with performers ranging in age from 4 – 74 as part of “Echoes in the Mindfields” produced and created by Larry Butcher and Linda Z. Smith! She has studied and performed dance in Michigan with Linda Z. Smith, Lisa Nowak, The Detroit Dance Collective, Art Bridgeman & Mryna Packard, and Laurie Eisenhower. Nationally, Master workshops and intensive studies with Judith Jamison, Gus Giordano, Deborah Hay, Trisha Brown, Bill Evans and Anna Halprin have and continue to provide her inspiration to teach and create dance. In 2006 she performed with Halprin in Paris, France. In June of 2015 Lucas completed Tamalpa Institute Training Levels I and II to become a Halprin Practitioner, RMT and Expressive Arts Therapist through Tamalpa Institute and IAEAT. As a National Master Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute she conducted classroom residencies, teacher training’s and artist trainings for the Institute at the LA Music Center, The Kennedy Center as well as teaching in England, and Greece and residencies through out the States. She is a recipient of the Alumni Arts Achievement Award from Oakland University for her “outstanding contributions to children’s dance”. She was an instructor & Director of Dance for AAW – a performing arts High School in S.E. Michigan from 2003 - 2008. She conducts “environmental expressions” workshops –site specific pieces where the environment IS the dance partner. Roberta is the Affiliate Director for Living Arts – Detroit Wolf Trap Program, a grantee of the Social Innovation Grant awarded in 2012. At Living Arts she implemented ACT I drama programming for students pre-K – 3rd grades through W.K.Kellogg funding in the Detroit Public schools. She is a Special Lecturer in Dance and Drama Education at O.U. working with dance majors and education majors. Integration of the arts in all aspects of education, learning and living is her motivation and passion.