Jennifer Monson

Performing Arts, 2000

Jennifer Monson has been pursuing an original approach to experimental dance forms in NYC since 1983 when she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. She has created a wide body of work that incorporates collaborative relationships with many artists including Zeena Parkins, DD Dorvillier, Yvonne Meier, and David Zambrano. The Bird Brain: Ducks and Geese Migration received an NPN Community Fund grant for documentation and evaluation. The three Bird Brain Migrations each provided approximately 30 free outdoor performances from Mexico to Canada and from Maine, through Cuba to Venezuela and from Texas to Canada. In Ducks and Geese Migration _ school children in four cities participated in the educational component and in _Bird Brain “Flocking dances.” Monson’s work has been supported by numerous fellowships and grants including from the Guggenheim Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art. She has been a numerous recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship and has been awarded a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for Sender and for sustained achievement in the dance field. Monson is an artist leader in Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program.

Awards and Accomplishments


Monson receives a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award


Monson receives a MAP Fund grant for a collaboration with DD Dorvillier


 Jennifer Monson presents Live Dancing Archive at the Logan Center for the Arts in the Chicago Humanities Festival 


Monson receives funding from the Lambent Foundation for her iLAND initiative

2006: Monson receives Bessie Award for _Bird Brain_

2004: Monson receives John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

2004: Monson receives New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD grant

2002: Monson receives New England LEF Foundation Grant