Katelyn Halpern
katelynhalpern [at] gmail.com • katelynhalpern.com
 
ongoing projects

K A T E S, a bi-coastal new music and contemporary dance ensemble
Kate Campbell, piano and Katelyn Halpern, dance.  
Repertoire includes music by composers Leila Adu, Ryan Brown, Lainie Fefferman, Michael Ippolito, Missy Mazzoli, Marc Mellits, and Mayke Nas, and original arrangements by K A T E S, and choreography by Kate Campbell and Katelyn Halpern.
Presented by Switchboard Presents at the Center for New Music (San Francisco, April 2016), Firehouse Space (New York, March 2016), Omaha Under the Radar (Omaha, July 2015), Dance Conversations at The Flea theater (New York, June 2013), NewYorksoundCircuit at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music (New York, March 2013), and Westminster Choir College (premiere concert Whistling, or Just After, Princeton, May 2012).

Do a Dance!, an interactive installation art series that turns sidewalks into dance floors
Presented at-will around the country, including installations that once existed in Austin, Texas; Houston, Texas; I-90 outside of Chicago, Illinois; Jersey City, New Jersey; Madison, Wisconsin; Mineral Point, Wisconsin; New York, New York; and Princeton, New Jersey since summer 2010.

Under Glass, the zine from Haiku Tsunami
Distributed by mail beginning January 2016

original works  [choreography / writing / other media]

Duet with Drum Solo
A duet. Original cast: Louise Benkelman and Bridget Grissom.
Presented by chashama at Anita's Way.
May 2016, New York

Dance for the Westbeth Elevator Lobby & Gold Shoes
A trio. Original cast: Arianna Dunmire, Katelyn Halpern, and Nia Shand.
Presented by WestFest on All Over Westbeth at the Westbeth artist residence.
April 2016, New York

Set Down Your Mantle
A duet. Original cast: Louise Benkelman and Bridget Grissom.
Presented by chashama at Anita's Way, WAXworks at Triskelion Arts,  and Fertile Ground at the Green Space. 
March 2016, New York

Two Voices
A duet for speaking voices and prepared electronic piano, written for K A T E S in collaboration with composer Leila Adu. 
Presented by Firehouse Space and Switchboard Presents at the Center for New Music.
March 2016, New York and San Francisco

Build Up
An octet, roughly . Original cast: Parker Grant, Maddison Hilton, Sarah Klineke, Caroline Lloyd, Mariya Paramonova, Destiny Pino, Ambika Raina,  and Ashley Rose.
Presented at the Biomorphic Dance Festival at the West End Theater.
Movement research supported in part by a space grant from chashama. 
March 2016, New York

Steady On Through the Cold Dark Morning
A duet. Original cast: Sarah Esser and Katelyn Halpern.
Presented by 60x60 Dance at the Winter Garden, Brookfield Place.
October 2015, New York

Some Things About Me or, Even the Night Has Corners
A duet, written and directed in collaboration with composer Elliot Cole. Original cast: Sydney Schiff and Geoff Sobelle with musical accompaniment by Andi Hemmenway, viola and Jon Russell, bass clarinet.
Presented by the Black Box Project, produced by Andrew Lovett with support from the Composers Ensemble at the Princeton University Music Department, at the Wilson Black Box Theater.
September 2011, Princeton

London Bridge
A slideshow dance (for camera) with direction and performance by Katelyn Halpern.
April 2011, Asbury Park

Pic-Nic: an experimental evening of music, movement, improvisation & participation
Directed by Katelyn Halpern with Mallory Horn, performed by the Parnassus Performance Band.
Presented by Khon's Bar on the roof of Khon's Bar.
June 2010, Houston

Atreus Cycle
A quartet. Original Cast: Juliet Childers, Katelyn Halpern, Victoria Kelly, and Maggie McCartney.
Presented by Dancepatheater on Danceplorations at Talento Bilingue de Houston with support from the Dancepatheater Young Choreographer's Mentorship Program.
April 2010, Houston

Black & White Tango
A duet. Original cast: Elliot Cole and Katelyn Halpern.
Presented by jhon r. stronks’ Venturing Out at the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center.
June 2009, Houston

Clippings or (I Was About to Burst but I Found Another Way, One that Has) Nothing to Do With You
A quartet. 
Presented by the Center for Choreography at the University of Houston's Department of Theatre & Dance on the Emerging Choreographers Showcase at the University of Houston's Wortham Theater.
November 2008, Houston

Tumbling Prelude
A trio al fresco. Original cast: Anna Wueller Diaz, Katelyn Halpern, Mallory Horn.
Presented by the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University on Around Hear at Mandell Park.
May 2008, Houston

Microscopes/Telescopes
A quartet. 
Presented by the Center for Choreography at the University of Houston's Department of Theatre & Dance on the Emerging Choreographers Showcase at the University of Houston's Wortham Theater.
November 2007, Houston

2 vs. 1
A trio. Original cast: Deanne Court, Anna Wueller Diaz, Candice Stehlik.
Presented by the Center for Choreography at the University of Houston's Department of Theatre & Dance on the Emerging Choreographers Showcase at the University of Houston's Wortham Theater.
December 2006, Houston

Ever Going Home
Another evening of dance to benefit the McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy Dance Department.
Presented at McCallum High School.
November 2004, Austin

Less of the Same
An evening of dance to benefit the McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy Dance Department.
Presented at McCallum High School.
November 2003, Austin

performance

Weakness (chorus)
A One-Act Opera by Barbara White and choreographer Kate Weare, directed by Mark DeChiazza with Michael Pratt, conductor
Presented by the Princeton One Act Opera Project at the Berlind Theater.
March 2012, Princeton

Venturing Out (performer "Tour Guide")
A Scored Evening of Doomsday Improvisation directed by jhon r. stronks
Presented by the Big Range Dance Festival at the Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex.
June 2010, Houston

(and the above)

theater  [direction / choreography]

Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man, directed by Cara Tucker
Movement direction by Katelyn Halpern
April 2011, Theatre Intime at Princeton University

Sophocles’ Electra, directed and translated by Dr. John Harvey
Choreography and costumes by Katelyn Halpern
Presented with the University of Houston Honors College’s Center for Creative Work’s Dionysia 2010, with support from the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
April 2010, Wortham Theater at the University of Houston

Euripides’ The Children of Herakles, translated by Dr. John Harvey and co-directed with Katelyn Halpern
Choreography and costumes by Katelyn Halpern
Presented with the University of Houston Honors College’s Center for Creative Work’s Inaugural Dionysia
April 2009, M.D. Anderson Library at the University of Houston

A Capella Songs: Hide and Seek, Sandcastle, Accidentally in Love
Choreography for singers by Katelyn Halpern
Performed by The Rice Philharmonics at Rice University
April 2009, Houston

Jean Jacques Rousseau's Narcissus, adapted and directed by Katelyn Halpern
Presented at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference with support from the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship at the University of Houston.
October 2008, San Antonio

Hair : The Tribal Love-Rock Musical, directed by Stephan Hammel 
Choreography by Katelyn Halpern
Presented by Jones Theater at Rice University
May 2008, Houston

Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Stephan Hammel
Choreographed by Katelyn Halpern
Presented by Brown Theater at Rice University
November 2007, Houston

The Importance of Being Earnest , directed by Katelyn Halpern with Robert Welsh
Presented by Honors College Club Theater at the University of Houston.
April 2007, Houston

Urinetown, directed by Nicole Rodin
Choreography by Katelyn Halpern
Presented by Weiss Tabletop Theater at Rice University
March 2007, Houston

Honors College Club Theater
Founded and produced by Katelyn Halpern (August 2006 - December 2008; club is ongoing) 
The Honors College at the University of Houston
August 2006, Houston

teaching and administration

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County
Program Coordinator - BEAM
Teacher of K-8th enrichment classes
October 2015 - Present, Jersey City

Newark Collegiate Academy, KIPP New Jersey
Teacher of 9th and 10th grade English, 10th grade Honors English
Standard Certificate
Teach for America 2012 Greater Newark Corps.
August 2012 - June 2015, Newark 

Step by Step Dance Studio
Teacher of children's contemporary dance and performance technique
Choreographer of dances for children and teens
January 2011 - June 2012, Millstone Township, New Jersey

GoodStripe fair trade company
Project manager
September 2010 - February 2012, Princeton

Center for Creative Work at the University of Houston Honors College
Coordinator
January 2009 - June 2010, Houston

KIPP: Sharpstown
Guest choreographer for the Mermaid’s Lagoon, part of the 7th grade ballet of Peter Pan
Fall 2009, Houston

Claire School of Dance
Teacher of children's creative movement and pre-ballet
January 2007 - August 2008, Houston

Tarrytown Dance Center
Teacher of children's modern dance, jazz, and elementary day camp
Administrative assistant
January 2005 - August 2005, Austin

education  [degree / awards / professional development]

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Minor in Dance.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of Houston.
Summa Cum Laude with University Honors and Membership in The Honors College.
Senior Honors Thesis: A Necessary Marriage: Integrating the Fine and Liberal Arts at the University of Houston Honors College

  • Co-Presenter at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, Washington, D.C., 2009
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, University of Houston, 2009
  • Co-Presenter at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, San Antonio, 2008
  • Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship, University of Houston, 2008

Professional Development in the Arts

  • Fieldwork Workshops, The Field, New York, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016
  • Performance, Comedy and Bad Singing Workshop, Monica Bill Barnes & Company at the Gibney Dance Center, New York, September 2015
  • The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, August 2015
  • SUMAC: a workshop on collaboration for dancers and choreographers, Susan Marshall & Company, New York, July 2015

Dance Training - Modern, Ballet, Improvisation, Composition

  • Tina Fehlandt and Laurie Abramson, Princeton University, 2011 - 2012
  • jhon stronks, Karen Stokes, Teresa Chapman, Rebecca Valls, Leslie Scates, Jen Sommers, Naomi Glass, Jeanne Doornbos, Firat Ozsoy, Genie Lanfear and Sophia Torres, University of Houston, 2007 - 2010
  • Brazie Adamez and Nicole Jensen, McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy, 2001 - 2005