Dance Artist, Maker, Director, Collaborator, Improviser and Educator
Leslie Parker is a dance artist, maker, director, collaborator, improviser and educator holding a BFA from Temple University in Choreography and Modern dance technique and a MFA in dance from Hollins University in partnership with the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, The Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company in Frankfurt, Germany. Parker received a Bessie award for Outstanding Performer and is an inaugural Jerome Hill Foundation Artist Fellow 2019-2021. Her most recent choreographer and director credits include Jimmy & Lorraine: A Musing by Talvin Wilks presented by Pillsbury House Theater; Ping Chong and Talvin Wilks’ Collidescope 4.0 presented by University of Minnesota Theater Arts and Dance Department. As founder of Leslie Parker Dance Project (a foundation to direct and make dances) her credits include - Call to Remember, Bone Womyn Traces in Black, crystal, smoke n’spirit(s)…, Crossroads/Gateways pt 2., Ripen: Forbidden Truth In da Flesh, and In Search of Colors. Presenters for her work include; Center for Performance Research, New York Live Arts, Harlem Stage Emoves13, Frey Theater, Painted Bride Art Center, Hollins University Theater, Walker Art Center, Mama Laurie Carlos’ Late Nite Series and Pillsbury House Theater. Her recent collaborative performance credits include works by Rosy Simas Danse, Marlies Yearby, and the improv-based collective - Skeleton Architecture.