Photo Ben Semisch
Lauren Simpson is an Omaha-based choreographer and educator. She created Moving Truck, a mobile and socially-distanced show performed on front lawns at residences throughout Omaha in 2020. Recent projects include Duos_POST, a site specific performance with Annie Schenzel in collaboration with Sarah Rowe's exhibit at Kaneko; Smithereens, a site specific performance in Joslyn Art Museum with music by Omaha musician Miwi LaLupa; Celestial Real Estate, a collaborative performance at Generator Space gallery featuring local artists Nick Miller (painter), Celeste Butler (textile designer), and Dereck Higgins (musician); Self-Leveling a performance at ODC Theater San Francisco in collaboration with dancer Galen Rogers and visual artist Emma Strebel. Collaboration across disciplines is at the heart of her art making. Lauren's creative interests lie at the intersection of bodies and objects, resulting in work that emphasizes the materiality of the body and the agency of things.
A recent transplant from San Francisco, Lauren maintains close ties with the Bay Area. She was an ODC Artist in Residence from 2018-2022. She danced for MacArthur Genius choreographer Liz Lerman and New York City/Oakland-based choreographer Risa Jaroslow. Lauren has taught dance at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Harvard College and University of San Francisco. She serves on the board of Amplify Arts. Lauren has an M.F.A. from the University of Colorado-Boulder, Ed.M. from Harvard University, and B.A. from Carleton College.