Monica Thomas

Chicago, IL

multi-disciplinary video and movement artist

 

Solo Public Film Screenings

2017     ArtsInfusion: Monica Thomas, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

2015     A Screendance Event, MANA Contemporary, Chicago, IL

2013     The Sky is Not Falling Premiere, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago

2011     dance/film project, High Concept Laboratories

 

Selected Film Festivals and Screenings

2018     The Wayward Wind, Chicago OnScreen, Chicago Parks District, Chicago, IL

2018     The Wayward Wind, Chicago Made, Millennium Park, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago, IL

2018     The Wayward Wind, Mosaic World Film Festival, Rockford, IL

2018     The Wayward Wind, Brooklyn Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY

2018     Bound and Nature Body Light, Northwestern Screendance Festival, Block Museum, Evanston, IL

2018     Here Delay, The Wretched Nobles: Reality Bites, The Den Theatre, Chicago IL

2018     The Wayward Wind, ScreenDance Festival, Stockholm, Sweden

2018     The Wayward Wind, Dance Camera West, Los Angeles, CA

2018     Nature Body Light, Speechless Film Festival, Manatok, MN

2018     Nature Body Light, Midwest Regional Alternative Film Festival, Kalamazoo, MI

2018     The Wayward Wind, Brussels Independent Film Festival, Belgium

2018     The Wayward Wind, Comfort Station Film, Chicago, IL

2017     The Wayward Wind, AudFest Music Video Shorts Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA

2017     Bound, American Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers, 

2017     Bound, Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain

2017     Bound, Utah Dance Film Festival, Orem, UT

2017     Bound, Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, Tulsa, OK

2017     Bound, Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival, Portland, OR

2016     Bound, Chicagoland Shorts, Vol 2., Group Touring Program, Local Chicago and National Showings

2016     Bound, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, United Kingdom

2016     Here Delay, San Diego Underground Film Festival, San Deigo, CA

2016     Bound, Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Chicago, IL

2016     Here Delay, Speechless Film Festival, Manatok, MN

2016     Bound, Third Coast Dance Film Festival, Reno, NV

2016     Bound, International Dance Film Screening, New York, NY

2015     Here Delay, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, United Kingdom

2015     Here Delay, Mosaic World Film Festival, Rockford, IL

2015     Here Delay, Boise Film Festival, Boise, ID

2012     trace, Midwest Regional Arternative Film Festival, Kalamazoo, MI

2012     trace, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, United Kingdom

 

Live Dance Choreography    

2017     Chihuly: In The Forest, site-specific evening-length performance, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

2013     Here Delay (live iteration), NEXT, Mordine & Company, Hamlin Park Field House, Chicago, IL

 

Residencies & Collaborations

2017      Performance Lab Artist, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR

2017      Producing Partner (ongoing), Body + Camera Film Festival, MANA Contemporary, Chicago, IL

2013      Choreographic Mentorship, Mordine & Company, Chicago, IL

2011      Sponsored Artist, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago, IL

 

Grants

2018     GREENHOUSE Artist, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Chicago, IL

2013     Individual Artist Professional Development Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL

 

Selected Dance Videography & Projection Collaborations

2017      Collisions, video production & projections, Mordine & Company, Chicago, IL

2017      Dear Prudence, video editing & projections design, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Evanston, IL

2017      Lie Through Your Skin, rehearsal documentation, Same Planet Performance Project, Chicago, IL

2017      New Works, performance documentation, Synapse Arts, Hamlin Park, Chicago, IL

2017      What is Movement?, site-specific performance documentation, Ayako Kato, Pivot Arts Festival, Chicago, IL

2016      Honey, rehearsal documentation, Same Planet Performance Project, Chicago, IL

2016      Openwork, performance documentation, Synapse Arts, Links Hall, Chicago, IL

2014      American ME,  choreographic adaptation, video direction, editing, Striding Lion Performance Group, Chicago, IL

 

Selected Theatre Choreography

2017     The Psychonaut Librarians, choreographer, The New Colony Theatre, The Den Theatre, Chicago, IL

2016     Thaddeus & Slocum, associate choreographer, Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago, IL

2012     Tennyson Spade, choreographer, The Whiskey Rebellion, The Prop Theatre, Chicago, IL

 

Awards

2017     The Wayward Wind, Jury Finalist, AudFest Music Video Shorts Film Festival

2017     Bound, Best Audio, Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain

2016     Bound, Best of Fest, Utah Dance Film Festival

2016     Bound, Best of Fest, Third Coast Dance Film Festival 

 

Selected Teaching History

2016     Guest Lecturer, Dance Department, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2014-2016     Teaching Artist, Movement as Partnership Program, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Chicago, IL

2013-present     Creative Movement & Ballet Instructor, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL     

2010-2015     Director & Choreographer, Music Theatre Program, Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, IL

 

Education

2006-2010     Northwestern University, Dance & Theatre, Art History Minor

 

Select Performance History

Dance

2013 - 2014     Mordine & Company, company member

2012 - 2015     Winifred Haun & Dancers, company member

2011 - 2013     Striding Lion Performance Group, company member

Theatre

2018      Drury Lane Theatre     Beauty & the Beast, Swing

2017      Drury Lane Theatre     Saturday Night Fever, Connie, Ensemble

2016      Drury Lane Theatre     Bye Bye Birdie, Nancy, Ensemble

2015      Paramount Theatre Oklahoma!, Ensemble

2014     The House Theatre      Ensemble, u/s Sybill

2011      Redmoon     event performer

 

Publications & Online Features

 2018     "Interview with Director and Choreographer Monica Thomas," We Are Moving Stories, blog, http://www.wearemovingstories.com/we-are-moving-stories-videos/2018/5/24/nature-body-light

2017      The Wayward Wind, Vimeo Staff Pick, online feature

2017     “Dance at Crystal Bridges”, Kyle Kellams, Interview, Ozarks at Large, KUAF, National Public Radio

2016      Bound, NOWNESS.com pick, online feature

2016     “Responsive Choreography,” blog for Aesthetica Magazine Short Film Festival http://www.asff.co.uk/responsive-choreography/