CFA Faculty Biography

Joan Frosch
School of Theater + Dance
Professor; Director Center for World Arts
Specialization: Dance

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JOAN D. FROSCH is Professor of Dance in the School of Theatre and Dance, affiliate faculty of the Centers for African Studies, Latin American Studies, and Digital Worlds at the University of Florida where she has taught since 1995. She is a consultant for the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and Creative Capital, among others. Recently awarded the University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship (2012-2015), Dr. Frosch is a dance ethnographer, Laban Movement Analyst (CMA), filmmaker, choreographer, and author. She is co-founder and director of UF’s Center for World Arts (1996), a living laboratory exploring the interface of arts and society. Her research has attracted numerous honors and awards, such as the national Lilly Fellowship for innovative curriculum in Dance in World Cultures, the National Endowment for the Arts (Dance-Creativity), the Cologne Choreographers' Forum for her choreography, "China."

Dr. Frosch received the inaugural EMPAC (RPI) film commission for her latest production "NORA" (2008) which premiered on PBS on January 17, 2011. Dr. Frosch is also the director and producer of the feature documentary on African experimental choreographers entitled "Movement (R)Evolution Africa: a story of an art form in four acts" (2009) currently broadcast by ZDF in Germany, Austria, and Italy.

Dr. Frosch trained at the School of Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, California Institute of the Arts, Columbia University, and the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. She has taught on the faculties of the University of Maryland, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Wesleyan University, Rotterdamse Dansacademie in the Netherlands, the International School of Beijing, and founded and directed a summer performing arts program based at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. She has also served as Advisor to the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife African Immigrant Project, President of the Florida Dance Association, and has served on the board of directors of the Congress on Research in Dance.

Dr. Frosch is the recipient of the University of Florida President's Humanitarian Award (2003), the inaugural Gwendolen M. Carter Fellowship in African Studies (2003-2004), Faculty Achievement Recognition (2007), the College of Fine Arts International Educator of the Year Award (2008), University of Florida International Educator of the Year Award (2008). She was selected for the HERS Leadership Institute (2010) and awarded the INPUT Producer’s Fellowship in 2011. A founding member of The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium (TACAC), a national organization of curators, producers, and scholars dedicated to the vigorous artistic exchange of contemporary African performance, Dr. Frosch analyzed the TACAC model of global exchange in her recent publication Building Enduring Partnerships (2011).


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