Faculty & Staff

Pam Tanowitz
Assistant Professor Of Professional Practice
Degrees & Accomplishments
2020 Doris Duke Artist
2019-present Choreographer in Residence, Fisher Center at Bard College
2019 Herb Alpert Award
2018 BAC Cage/Cunningham Award
2016 Juried Bessie Award

Pam Tanowitz is a New York-based choreographer and founder of Pam Tanowitz Dance. Her 2017 dance, New Work for Goldberg Variations, created for her company in collaboration with pianist Simone Dinnerstein, was called a “rare achievement” (The New York Times). Her 2018 creation, Four Quartets, inspired by T.S. Eliot’s literary masterpiece and set to music by Kaija Saariaho, was called “the greatest creation of dance theater so far this century” (The New York Times). In January 2019, Tanowitz was named the first-ever choreographer-in-residence at The Fisher Center at Bard College. Other honors include a 2019 Herb Alpert Award, 2017 Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) Cage Cunningham Fellowship, 2016 and 2009 Bessie awards, 2010 Foundation for Contemporary Arts award, 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, Hodder Fellowship, Center for Ballet and the Arts Fellowship at New York University, and a City Center Choreography Fellowship. Her work was selected by The New York Times’ “Best of Dance” series in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Other commissions include The Joyce Theater, Kennedy Center, Bard Summerscape, Vail International Dance Festival, New York Live Arts, Guggenheim Works & Process, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Chicago Dancing Festival, BAC, Jacob’s Pillow, Duke Performances, Peak Performances, and the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston. She has created or set work for New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, The Royal Ballet, The Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America, Juilliard Dance, Ballet Austin, and New York Theatre Ballet. Tanowitz holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Sarah Lawrence College, and is a visiting guest artist at Rutgers University.