Tis Spring - photo Derrick Bruce
Slippery - photo Scott Groller
Yes is Not Passive - photo Natalie Fong
Would I Then Be - photos Scott Groller
contemporary techinque - photo Christie Nelson Sala
Passions - photo Scott Groller
Untitled Interior - photo Derrick Bruce
Tis Spring2 - photo Derrick Bruce
Shel and Steph - photo Christie Nelsen Sala
Mourning Paper Morning Prayer
Teaching - photo Robert Salas
Frame Reframe - photo Derrick Bruce
In the Shadow of the Red Brick - photo Rob Kunkle
Empty is a Hard Place - photo Natalie Fong
Frame Reframe - photo Steve Schreiber
Stephanie Nugent is a choreographer, performer, and educator of dance/theater and improvisation. Her creative work is rooted in collaborations with artists and scholars addressing social issues surrounding empathy and nonviolence. As a free lance artist and Artistic Director of Nugent Dance, she has presented work at theaters throughout the US and in Italy since 2001 and has had the pleasure of touring as a performer with artist/mentors including Keith Johnson/Dancers, Victoria Marks, Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, Della Davidson, and Malashock Dance and Company since 1991.

Ms. Nugent served on full-time faculty at
California Institute of the Arts (2008-2013) and as an Associate Professor of Dance at UC-Santa Barbara (2001-2007) teaching contemporary technique, improvisation, and composition. While living in California she also co-hosted a weekly contact improvisation jam at ARC Pasadena with Shel Wagner Rasch and Jill Cooper, facilitated HOURGLASS events with partner/composer Robin Cox, and taught master classes/workshops throughout the US, through Nugent Dance and as an Independent artist.

Since moving to Indianapolis in July 2013, Ms. Nugent has begun serving as Adjunct Professor of Dance at
IU Bloomington and Ball State University, performing, teaching and dancing with G.L.A.C.I.E.R, Motus Dance Theater, and as facilitator of HOURGLASS. In 2014 she served as a Visiting Artist at Ohio State University, created a new work for The Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, presented her solo Slippery at Breaking Ground, in Tempe, AZ, performed CI scores in site-specific events Configure and Collision Theory (Chicago), and Art In Odd Places (Indianapolis), collaborated with Selene Carter and Suzanne Lappas on the development and performances of Carter's Katherinette, and continued development of Migrations, an immersive dance/theater adaptation of collaborator/playwright Virginia Grise's rasgos asiaticos.

In 2015 she looks forward to continued performances/productions of
Katherinette, and Hourglass, leading workshops at the Portland Contact Improv Jam, and further research and development of migrations.

Ms. Nugent has also served as a board member of Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara, on a special advisory board for the Durfee Foundation's ARC grant, and currently serves as Vice President and Treasurer of Iridian Arts Inc.

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Nugent launches . . .


Director/Performer Stephanie Nugent and Co-Director/Performer Suzanne Lappas launch THIRD WHEEL PROJECT, Indy's newest collaborative dance theater company, specializing in the creation and presentation of innovative, interdisciplinary performance by renown contemporary artists from across the globe.

THIRD WHEEL PROJECT will kick-off it's first season in January 2016, with concerts presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in their newly-renovated THE TOBY theater!

Check back soon for more info!

Photo Above: Nugent and Lappas in Katherinette by Selene Carter, photographed by Jeremy Hogan



Portland Regional Contact Improv Jam!
Feb. 14-17, 2015
Red Rose Ballroom 1829 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211

Steph and Shel Wagner Rasch lead this year's workshops!


Longtime Traveling
an evening of old and new dance theater directed by Stephanie Nugent
(more info soon!)


Jan. 16-18
Ruth N. Halls Theater
Bloomington, IN

Mar. 20-21
Tempe Center for the Arts
Tempe, AZ

Apr. 30 - May 2
Wild Space Dance Company's Reckless Wonders
Milwaukee, WI

In Development

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A dance theater adaptation of
"rasgos asiaticos" by playwright Virginia Grise


A dance theater adaptation of
"rasgos asiaticos" by playwright Virginia Grise

Recent Projects

Jan 16-17, IU Bloomington

Arcane Objects
-created for the Freshmen Dance Majors at IU-Bloomington


teaching team member

CHIN - presented by Doug Varone and Dancers

Indy Convergence 2014!
Developmental Residency and workshop-presentation

Grove Haus Indianapolis

Impact Conference
New York City
NYU Venue: TBA

Mascher Space


Breaking Ground

Ririe Woodbury Dance Company
Still No Words