Rebecca Lemme is a choreographer, performer, educator, and visual artist. Founded in 2014, she is also Artistic Director of the performance group Acts of Matter. Her choreographic work has been commissioned for numerous universities and professional companies, and she teaches extensively in contemporary, ballet and jazz technique. Significantly informed by both Release and Laban/Bartenieff techniques, she has created a unique movement style for the stage and the classroom that encourages investigation, problem solving, and versatility. Rebecca holds a BA from Princeton University in English and Theater and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Choreography.
Rebecca is an Assistant Professor of Dance at California State University, Long Beach. She has been a full-time faculty member at California Institute of the Arts, where she also taught during her MFA candidacy. Additionally, Lemme has been on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet Chicago. Additionally, she has guest taught at the American College Dance Festival, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Wake Forest University, Beloit College, and the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, and has been a Choreographer in Residence at Grand Valley State University setting work and teaching master classes within the Dance Department. Through a holistic approach to dance education her classes merge critical thinking processes with skill building and art making. In addition to contemporary technique, she teaches ballet and jazz with an emphasis on whole-body connectivity.
A finalist chosen to present choreography for The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: Chicago, Rebecca has also been commissioned and presented by Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos’ New Dances, Columbia College, Loyola University, The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance Chance and Instruments of Movement. Acts of Matter has performed in Los Angeles and Chicago and has co-produced two collaborative shows at Live Arts Los Angeles. Thematically and physically, Rebecca’s work is grounded in an unfettered willingness to attempt something while accepting the possibility of its failure. This physical exertion—this act of trying—is the core of humanity in her work.
Rebecca has toured nationally with contemporary repertory companies Luna Negra Dance Theater, River North Dance Chicago, RTG Dance, Hedwig Dances, and Instruments of Movement, working with and performing choreography by Jose Limon, Robert Battle, Daniel Ezralow, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Eduardo Vilaro, Frank Chaves, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Alejandro Cervera.
Upon graduation from Princeton she was the 2002 recipient of the Francis LeMoyne Page Theater Award for distinctive achievement in theater. She was additionally a 2012 recipient of the Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship, as well as a 2013 recipient of the Sono Osato Scholarship, both for graduate study. Rebecca is a founding member of the service project Tiger2Tiger, a Princeton alumni community lending program offering seniors the opportunity to pursue inspiring projects with immediate relevance and impact after graduation. Additionally, she is a visual artist specializing in abstract acrylic on canvas.
For more information please visit rebeccalemme.com