Myrna Packer

Myrna Packer

Fellow: Awarded 2008
Field of Study: Choreography

Competition: US & Canada

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, co-directors of Bridgman/Packer Dance, have collaborated in choreography and performance since 1978, with their current work focusing on the integration of live performance and video technology.  In New York City their work has been presented by Lincoln Center, City Center Fall for Dance Festival, the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Dance New Amsterdam, Central Park’s Summerstage, and DanceNowNYC Festival.

Ms. Packer and Mr. Bridgman are recipients of 2007 and 2008 National Endowment for the Arts grants and a 2007-08 New England Foundation for the Arts expeditions touring grant.  They are also recipients of two choreography fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, five “First Light” commissions from Dance Theater Workshop in New York City with funding from the Jerome Foundation, a Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative with support from the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and commissions from Dance New Amsterdam, the 92nd Street Y New Works in Dance, and The National Performance Network’s Creation Fund.  Bridgman/Packer Dance is a 2005 recipient of a Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD) grant, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts.  Their international touring has been supported by USArtists International, the Performing Americas Project, the National Performance Network, and La Red de Promotores CentroAmericana y El Caribe.

They have toured throughout the United States, performing at festivals, art centers, and universities including Spoleto Festival USA, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Florida Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, the Maine Festival, Alabama Dance Festival, Dance St. Louis, and Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center.  Under the auspices of the National Performance Network, they have been presented in Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Chicago, Burlington, Anchorage, Cedar Rapids, and Austin.

Mr. Bridgman and Ms. Packer have been guest artists at over 150 universities, including New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, California Institute of the Arts, Ohio State University, Arizona State University, and the University of Utah.  They have appeared abroad in Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, France, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Singapore, China, and throughout Central America.

They were selected as 2005-06 Dance Theater Workshop Digital Fellows, a peer group of artists, researchers, and technologists whose work and process explores the hybrid spaces between the performing arts and technology.  Their work was featured on Metroarts/Thirteen, WNET’s cable arts program for the New York City metropolitan area, and they were featured in Dance Magazine’s May 2006 issue on Great Partnerships. 


Spouse: Art Bridgman, Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography, 2008

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