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Performer. Educator. Coach.Shana-9151a

Shana is a strong multidisciplinary artist with deep commitment and integrity…She is a gifted collaborator and works with great heart to find the right balance of discipline and play in the relative process. She has an excellent sense for physical expression in theater and dramatic expression in dance. She is clear, articulate and wonderfully informed about artistic trends as well as historical perspectives.” –Barbara Dilley, Professor of Performing Arts, Naropa University, Former principal dancer for Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Shana Cordon is a performer, playwright, educator and coach. She specializes in physical theater, bridging the world of movement, dance and text-based theater. Most recently, Shana wrote and performed Dancing with Demons: A Fractured which toured internationally. The Fresno Bee hailed Dancing with Demons as “Wickedly fun,” and Edmonton Journal highlighted her “acrobatic virtuosity.” Shana wrote, designed and directed the visually spectacular and surreal Lull, and performed and wrote A Brief History of Intercourse both to critical acclaim and audience delight. Shana collaborates with artists in Boulder, Seattle, New York and Europe.

As an educator, Shana has taught workshops in physical theater independently, at Boulder Ballet, and the University of Virginia. She currently teaches physical theater at the Boulder Ballet School, where she is also the outreach educator at high-risk elementary schools throughout Colorado.

Shana holds an MFA in Contemporary Theater from Naropa University, and has extensive training in traditional and physical theater from Seattle’s Freehold Theater Studio/Lab, the American Conservatory Theater,  and with such illustrious teachers as Moises Kauffman and Tectonic Theater Project, Meridith Monk, The Siti Company, and Giovanni Fusetti.