Donna Sternberg, Artistic Director
Post date: Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at 2:34 am Category: Artist

Ms. Sternberg has professionally premiered over 90 works since 1975 throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico; frequently collaborating with artists of other disciplines including composers, visual artists, poets, actors and digital media as well as scientists.  After dancing in the companies of Donald Byrd, Mary Jane Eisenberg, Yen Lu Wong and Dance/LA, she founded Donna Sternberg & Dancers, a contemporary dance company based in Santa Monica, CA, in 1985.  Her choreography has been critically acclaimed for its “exceptional ability to communicate through pure movement” (Los Angeles Times).  She has choreographed nine full-evening works, most have been inspired by science.   Ms. Sternberg has been commissioned to create works for the California Science Center, SIGGRAPH, Dance Moving Forward Festival, California Choreographer’s Festival, Catlin Gabel School in Oregon, Valley College and the Alleluia Dance Theatre.  She has received support for her work and dance company from the state and local government agencies, foundations and corporations. She has participated in adjudicated dance festivals such as Dance Kaleidoscope, Festival of Solos and Duets, Dance Moving Forward and SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles, California Choreographer’s Festival in Laguna Beach, Spector Dance Festival in Monterey, So Cal Invitational in Costa Mesa and Summerfest in San Francisco. She was featured in the documentary “LA Woman” that was released in 2012.  Donna Sternberg & Dancers have been featured in print, on radio and on PBS station KCET’s “Life and Times” program.  She has been published in the journal (MIT Press).

Ms. Sternberg was invited to participate in the 2016 Venice Biennale, choreographing a site-specific work in collaboration with LeeMundwiler architects. In 2014 she was chosen to participate in the first artist/science residency at Djerassi.  She has received an Artist-in-Community award by the Santa Monica Arts Foundation, a choreographic fellowship from the Santa Monica Arts Commission, was chosen for an artist residency program at the Julia and David White Artist Colony in Costa Rica, selected to head the dance program at the first Visual and Performing Arts Summer Institute conducted by the Santa Ana Unified School District, served as Artist in Residence at UC Irvine as part of the California Dance & Movement Workshop for Dance Educators.  She and her company have been guest artists at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico.  Ms. Sternberg has taught in private studios, primary and secondary schools and colleges and served as a movement specialist on the National Endowment for the Arts Artists-in-Schools Program.  Ms. Sternberg was appointed to the Santa Monica Arts Commission in December 2001 where she served until 2011.