“O’ Mortal” by Susan Van Pelt Petry
Susan Van Pelt Petry has had a twenty year career choreographing, performing, and teaching dance internationally. She has received six Ohio Arts Council Choreography Fellowships, grants and commissions for her work including The Repertory Project, Wellspring Dance Collective, and numerous university dance programs and solo artists; she was Artistic Director of the Van Pelt Dance Ensemble for seven years based in Columbus, Ohio and toured a solo show internationally. Susan has been a visiting artist at many colleges and universities, at Cleveland SummerDance Festival, and a faculty member at Ohio University and The Ohio State University. Susan toured internationally as company teacher and rehearsal director with the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre company of Taiwan, and was a recipient of a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California. In addition to her own work, she has worked with Sara Rudner, Risa Jaroslow, Gloria McClean, Susan Hadley, and John Giffin. Susan is active in advocacy for dance and dance education, was President of OhioDance, and is on the Programming Committee for Martin Luther King Jr, Center, and the Community Arts Fund panel at the Columbus Foundation. She received her BA from Oberlin College in 1979 and her MA from The Ohio State University in 1985, and continues her creative and physical practice based on Iyengar yoga, Hawkins technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Alexander Technique, Contact Improvisation, running, and dancing around with her two young sons.