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 will debut with a world premiere from Rebecca Stenn (MFA 2008) on Summerdances in May 2014.

Please download the Dance New Work Award Guidelines to view the eligibility requirements, timeline, and application requirements and deadlines for the 2015 award cycle.