Wendy Taucher Biography Highlights

Multi-Faceted Artist
In a career that now spans four decades, New Yorker Wendy Taucher has achieved international distinction as a choreographer, director, author and teaching artist. Educated in music at Northwestern University, in dance with Frances Allis of the Goodman School of Drama and choreography with Bessie Schoenberg at Dance Theater Workshop, she has developed a unique multi-genre skill set. Wendy combines imagination, risk and discipline, while happily blurring the boundaries between art, entertainment and commerce. Wendy brings a producer’s eye to details on stage and behind the scenes. She is at home choreographing for the Blues Brothers, supervising a dance festival for a Bronx public school, creating a commissioned site-specific work, leading staff development workshops for Lincoln Center Institute or directing grand opera. She invests herself thoroughly in the task at hand, believing total commitment leads to artistic merit, quality entertainment and audiences hungry for more.

Producing Artistic Director
Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater works with distinguished artist collaborators to present new works by Wendy Taucher and other artists. Highlights include a recent site-specific piece, Stillpoint, supported by a major commission, Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors and NEA and Jacob’s Pillow Individual Artist Fellowships. Upcoming gigs include performances in NYC, Boston, Chicago, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod and Key West.

Choreographic Agitator
In 2013, Wendy created the World Choreography Institute in order to advocate and educate the dance world and general public about choreographic form and structure. WCI's first event, the Inaugural Year Think Tank, included Edward Valella, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and David Dorfman, among others, and was featured in the Huffington Post. Illuminating WCI’s mission, MV Arts & Ideas recently published Wendy’s interview with Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle titled Seeing the Intangible: Choreographers Robert Battle & Wendy Taucher Talk About Form.

Guest Artist
Wendy maintains a busy freelance career while managing the fast-growing activities of WT DOT and WCI. Recent freelance gigs include directing Madama Butterfly for Mississippi Opera, a week-long theater workshop for Rosie’s (O’Donnell) Theater Kids, and a choreography workshop at Northwestern University. She also recently served as a faculty member for Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance and has been a contributing author for multiple published books for Pearson Education.

Curator
As Curator for Special Projects and later Artistic/Executive Director of The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard from 2005-2010, Wendy conceived and produced YardArts! A Festival of Dance, Theater, Music & Opera. For seven weeks each summer, YardArts! presented events featuring guest appearances by Carly Simon, Carmen de Lavallade, Tony Shalhoub, Andre de Sheilds, Lucinda Childs, Amy Brenneman, Ann Bass, Brooke Adams, Lois Greenfield, Lemon Anderson, Susan Marshall, Margie Gillis, Paola Styron, David Dorfman, Bob Brustein, Valda Setterfield, Gus Solomons jr, Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheiks and Reno. The YardArts! line-up also included The Jose Limon Dance Company, Paul Taylor 2, London’s dBallet Boyz, Urban Bush Women, Ballet Jazz de Montreal and the Martha Graham Dance Company. The Festival sold out 95% of the time and its weekly Friday night openings were the place to be on the Vineyard.

Community Arts Collaborator
Wendy is a New York City artist who has been working professionally in residence summers on Martha's Vineyard, for fifteen years. On the island, her company is active in the performing arts scene, and has collaborated with Island Theater Workshop, Boys & Girls Club, Built on Stilts, Chilmark Community Center, Featherstone Center for the Arts, MV Film Festival, MV Film Society, MV Museum, MV Food & Wine Festival, Noepe Center for Literary Arts, Hutker Architects, Sheriff's Meadow Foundation, YMCA, all seven island public schools and the Vineyard Playhouse. 

Kudos
Wendy’s work has been favorably featured in media outlets around the world including the New York Times, NPR, Village Voice, Dance Magazine, Opera News, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Daily News, Vineyard Gazette, Martha’s Vineyard Times, Vineyard Magazine, MV Arts & Ideas, Times of London, La Republica, The Scottsman and Slovenian TV. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Jacob’s Pillow, and grants from the arts councils of Illinois, North Carolina and New Jersey. She received the Best Director Award at the Arezzo International One-Act Play Festival, a Jeff Citation Nomination in Chicago and Best Choreography for Japanese Student Musical Theater Festival. She is member of opera’s Career Bridges Panel of Experts and the Society of Directors and Choreographers.