STEPHANIE LEATHERS / FOUNDER + CURATOR
Stephanie Leathers is a photographer, choreographer, artist, educator, maker of things (dance and otherwise) and Durham native. Stephanie is a former member of Renay Aumiller Dances (NC), Elojes Dance Theater (NYC), John Gamble Dance Theater (NC) and the Off- Broadway production of The Time Machine (NYC). She has also had the pleasure of performing with Mark Dendy, David Dorfman Dance Company (in underground world premiere), Gerri Houlihan, The Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern (NC), Kirby Reed and B.J. Sullivan among others. She holds a Masters in Dance Theories and Practices (with a focus in Education) from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As an undergraduate, Stephanie studied at Columbia College Chicago and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her early dance training and movement studies began at Giordano Dance Chicago, Lou Conte Dance Chicago, and the Paul Taylor School in New York City. Stephanie is a former faculty member of The American Dance Festival and The Ballet School of Chapel Hill. Leathers has taught as a visiting artist at Ballet Ketchikan (Alaska), Capitol Movement (Washington, D.C,) and various public schools and studios across the United States. She has served as a panelist for Tobacco Road Dance Productions in Durham, NC. Her work has been presented in numerous galleries, festivals and publications (VAE, Plieades Art Gallery, The Gallery, Guest Room Project Space, The Carrack, NCDF, SARUS, FRINGE, Langly Magazine, Rubenstein Library at Duke University, Power Plant Gallery) throughout the United States. Stephanie is the founder/curator of Durham-based SITES (sitesinthecity.com); experimental art and performance in alternative spaces in Durham and surrounding cities. Stephanie’s SITES has long been a platform for artists of all disciplines to shed light on necessary issues and create accessible art for the community at large. In her spare time, Stephanie is a freelance photographer, documentarian and writer. Recently, Leathers moderated in collaboration with North Carolina Dance Festival on "Accessible Art in the Community". Currently, Stephanie is the Lead Dance Curriculum and Instruction Educator for Durham Public Schools.
Check out her latest feature in Durham Magazine here: https://bit.ly/SparkInsider2021