Lionel Popkin

Lionel Popkin, Chair

Office: Kaufman 150A/140D
Phone: 310-206-1333
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Lionel Popkin is a choreographer whose work has been seen in numerous cities throughout the US and in Europe. Venues include Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workship, and Joyce Soho in New York, REDCAT, The Getty Center and Highways  Los Angeles, Sushi in San Diego, On the Boards and Velocity Danc Center in Seattle, Dance Place and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in the DC metro area, The Southern Theater in Minneapoils, The Painted Bride, The Wilma Theater, and PDP in Philadelphia, the Kelly Strayhorn in Pittsburgh, the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival as part of the Inside/Out Series, and The Place Theatre in London, England.

Lionel has been a dancer in a number of companies including those of Trisha Brown (2000-2003), Terry Creach (1996-2000) and Stephanie Skura (1993-1996). While with the Trisha Brown company, besides originating and dancing roles in the repertory, Lionel served as an Assistant Director in Trisha's opera production of Salvatore Sciarrino's "Luci Mie Traditrici" that premiered in 2001.

From 1999-2000 Lionel was a Choreographer-In-Residence at the Susan Hess Studio in Philadelphia, PA. He has received grants from the National Dance Project (NDP), the National Performance Network (NPN), the Santa Monica Artists Fellowship, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Los Angeles COLA Award, Danspace Project's Commissioning Initiative, funded by the Jerome Foundation, the Nonprofit Finance Fund and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the New York State Music Fund, the Puffin Foundation and from the Durfee Foundation. Commissions include San Diego's Lower Left Performance Collective's Satellite Project, Carolyn Hall, Nejla Yatkin and the Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company.

Lionel is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique. He has served on the faculty of Bates College, London's Laban Centre, Sarah Lawrence College, Temple University and the University of Maryland, and has taught master classes at several festivals and other universities. Lionel holds an MFA from Bennington College and a BA with High Honors from Oberlin College.


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Box 951608, 150 Kaufman Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1608
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