Molly Poerstel
Parent Artist Space Grant (2018/2019)

Molly Poerstel is a dance artist whose career spans twenty- three years. A powerful performer, she has gained recognition over the years for her work with the David Dorfman Dance Company, Susan Rethorst, Larissa Valez-Jackson, Ivy Baldwin, Juliana F. May, Roseanne Spradlin, and Jeanine Durning, among others. Poerstel was a collaborating performer in Juliana F. May’s 2018 work Folk Incest which was nominated for a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Production. In the same year, Poerstel herself was a nominee for Sustained Achievement in Dance Performance. 

Poerstel’s choreographic works have been presented in New York City by New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks (2012), Movement Research Spring Festival (2013), Brooklyn Ars Exchange Upstart Festival (2014), Fridays at Noon 92Y (2014), Danspace Project’s Food for Thought (2014) curated by Ben Kimitch, Gibney Dance Center’s Double Plus, curated by Donna Uchizono (2014), and Making Space (2016). She was a 2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a 2018 BAX Parent Space Grant Recipient. Her next work, I am Also – Monte commissioned by Abrons Art Center and features Richmond Virginia native and acclaimed house dancer Monte Jones with lighting design by Mandy Ringger and sound design by Chris Seeds premiered at Abrons Art Center’s Underground Theatre in 2021. Poerstel has taught dance technique, practice, and composition in New York City since 2007.

She has taught at The Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School,  SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and the Dalton School. She is currently a Distinguished Honors Student Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where she is pursuing her MFA.