University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

New Work Award


Thanks to a generous donor, the Dance Department debuted in 2013 a new cycle of the annual commissioning project open to our alumni (BA, BFA or MFA). The New Work Award offers a $4000 commissioning fee to create a new work on dance majors (with an additional $1000 for production personnel or set/prop/costume expenses).

During the first four-year cycle, UWM Dance presented the following works:

  • Suniti Dernovsek (BFA 2003), premiered "Always Merry and Bright" on Winterdances: Identity in February 2010
  • Gerald Casel (MFA 2007), premiered “Mount Hope” on Summerdances: Essential/Essensual in June 2011
  • Colleen Thomas (MFA 2003) premiered “The Year of Unremarkable Laughter” on Summerdances: Destiny/Chance & Circumstances in June 2012
  • Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner (MFA 2010) premiered “A Very Old Man” on Winterdances in January 2013

The second four-year cycle debuted with a world premiere from Rebecca Stenn (MFA 2008) “Do not go gently” performed at both the American College Dance Festival hosted at UWM in March 2015 and at the Summerdances: Legacy in May.

Our current cycle will present a new choreographic piece of Sarah Weber Gallo (MFA 2013), whose work features the music of Milwaukee icon Martin Jack Rosenblum. Her piece will be premiered at the upcoming Summerdances: Spirits and Fugitives event honoring Rosenblum's research, poetry, music and creative works at UWM's Mainstage Theatre May 28-30, 2015.

Application Guidelines

Please download the Dance New Work Award Guidelines to view the eligibility requirements, timeline, and application requirements and deadlines for the 2016 award cycle.