Elisabeth Motley
Artist in Residence (2024-2025)

A headshot of a white woman wearing a black button-up shirt and colorful necklace. She has dark brown hair, and her hands are lifted to the sides of her head. Photo by Mr. Wattson.

Elisabeth Motley (she/her) is a Disabled, neurodivergent, and Mad choreographer, scholar, and teacher whose work is concerned with disability as a framework for choreography and pedagogy. Motley was a 2023 Movement Research Access Movement Play (AMP) Artist in Residence, a 2019-2021 Movement Research Artist in Residence, a 2020 & 2021 Dance/NYC Disability. Dance. Artistry. Dance and Social Justice Fellow and a recipient of the 2018-2019 Fulbright US-UK Scholar Award. She has shared work at Movement Research at Judson, Center for Performance Research, Danspace Project’s DraftWork, Gibney Dance, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, HERE, Festival Oltre Passo – Italy, and Springboard Danse Montreal, among others. Motley has been a BAX parent space grantee (2018) and an Artist in Residence at Center for Performance Research (2015). She has received grants from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts. Motley co-conspires with Kayla Hamilton on Crip Movement Lab – a pedagogical framework centering cross-disability accessible movement practices. She is an Associate Professor of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College (NYC) and is a PhD candidate at University of Roehampton (UK), focusing on dance and disability studies. https://www.elisabethmotley.com/