Meredith Glisson is a director, dramaturg, movement coach and performer for stage and film. She has been teaching in various capacities as a freelance artist and adjunct associate professor for over ten years. Her artistic work and teaching spans across disciplines falling in between contemporary theatre and dance along with wellness practices where she activates the body into motion through rhythmic physicality, emotive incentives, and situational scenarios to unlock strategies for performance.
She has presented her work in the USA, France, Spain, and U.K in theaters, site-specific spaces and art galleries. She most recently received a 2023 New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for her upcoming production, Little Sister, which will premiere this December at the Chain Theatre. Her work has also been included in the following festivals and publications; Barcelona Contemporary 2021, EMERGENCY INDEX Vol. 9 (2020), C.O.C.A-Center of Contemporary Artists (2018), and the Aesthetica Anthology Magazine (2017).
She is currently working as a dramaturg with Jennifer Nugent, Lilach Orenstein, and Zoe Scofield (zoe |juniper company). She is a founding board member of Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation | Chez Bushwick and co-Director of MOtiVE Brooklyn, a space located in Dumbo, NY that values, connects and supports artists through moving forms of engagement and experimentation.
She holds a MFA in Interdisciplinary Practices at Falmouth University in the UK partnering with dramaturgy, theatre and dance programs at HZT Berlin and Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb; a professional degree in Performance Practices at Centre Chorégraphique National-Cie Maguy Marin in France; a BA in Dance and French at Hollins University (USA). She completed yoga trainings at WOOM Center (RYT 200 hrs) and in Katonah Yoga (40 hrs).
Photo: Özlem Şen
THOUGHTS ON CREATIVE PRACTICE
My creative practice focuses on how theatrics examine the phenomenology of our experiences through habitual actions and spatial recognition to have an empathic understanding of why we do the things we do. Through re-imagining situations within an embodied practice, I seek to understand how we orient ourselves when experiencing a life-altering event. These events, however minor or traumatic, make an imprint on how we shift our behaviors and positionings for future experiences. In performance, these impressions of past histories occupy spaces of reflection while simultaneously interpreting alternative outcomes for similar scenarios. Through the practice of storytelling, I create situations to embody behaviors through performative acts within a landscape that incorporates digital media, rhythmic physicality, and alternative audience perspectives. I believe in giving audiences agency to position themselves inside my work similarly to how we choose to locate ourselves in a present situation. I condition the space by using architecture, live projections, video, portable lights and timed audio scores to create situational experiences both for the performer and spectator.