Jen Abrams is a multi-disciplinary, dance-based performance maker living in Brooklyn. Her work has been presented regularly at Dixon Place, as well as at LaMama, BAX, HERE, WAX, and at WOW Café Theater, where she has been a member since 1999. Most recently her work has been seen at WOW, Dance New Amsterdam and as part of the DancenOw Festival. The New York Times called her most recent work, Most of This Is True, “compelling,” and offoffoff.com called it “sharp…full of comic tension…[a] gem.”
She was a 2005 BAX space grantee and a 2007 Dance Theater Workshop Outer/Space resident, and has received funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. In 2003 and 2004 she was co-producer with Sally Silvers of TalkTalk WalkWalk, a poetry/dance festival featuring over 140 artists. The Village Voice has called her work “quintessentially New York,” and her performances “convincing no matter what [she chooses] to do.”
Jen has taught Contact Improvisation since 1994, most recently at Movement Research and Dance New Amsterdam. She is trained as an actor, and performed throughout Chicago before moving to NYC to focus on movement-based performance. She is also co-founder of OurGoods.org, an online barter network for artists. Jen graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Theater and Dance in 1993.