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Sarah Wilbur

Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance
Dance Program
Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0685
Rubenstein Arts Center 209F, 2020 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27705

Research Interests


Academic research interests: dance, cultural studies, and performance studies, choreography and performance, U.S. arts labor, policy, and philanthropy, ethnography, social and political theory, critical arts pedagogy, theories of practice, institutionality, and corporeality, principally in a US context. Current research investigates economic drivers and incentives in dance and the US healthcare industry via local US clinical, community, and congregate care contexts. 

Creative research interests:  contemporary concert dance, dance theatre, musical theatre, opera, devised intergenerational performance, and participatory dance making across the contexts of K-12 education, social services, aging services, and healthcare.







Fellowships, Gifts, and Supported Research


Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies and the Humanities · 2016 - 2018 Postdoctoral Fellow-Theatre Arts and Performance Studies/TAPS, Brown University · Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Position held in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” is a multi-school, multi-year initiative designed to advance the field of dance studies. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project will appoint postdoctoral fellows in dance studies at Brown University, Northwestern University, and Stanford University from 2012-13 through 2017-18. For more information, see website: http://www.mellondancestudies.org/about/
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship · 2009 - 2012 US Department of Education Position held in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California, Los Angeles
Don Wilmeth American Theatre and Drama Society Fellow · 2016 - 2017 American Theatre and Drama Society Fellow Brown University
Bessie Schönberg Choreography Fellowship · 2008 - 2008 The Yard Community-based new work choreography residencies, intergenerational teaching in modern dance and creative process, and public performances and in spring, summer, and fall 2008 at The Yard in Chilmark, Massachusetts. http://www.dancetheyard.org
David L. Paletz Course Innovation Grant · 2018 - 2019 Trinity Arts and Sciences, Duke University
Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies and the Humanities · 2016 - 2018 Postdoctoral Fellow-Theatre Arts and Performance Studies/TAPS, Brown University · Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Position held in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” is a multi-school, multi-year initiative designed to advance the field of dance studies. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project will appoint postdoctoral fellows in dance studies at Brown University, Northwestern University, and Stanford University from 2012-13 through 2017-18. For more information, see website: http://www.mellondancestudies.org/about/
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship · 2009 - 2012 US Department of Education Position held in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California, Los Angeles
Don Wilmeth American Theatre and Drama Society Fellow · 2016 - 2017 American Theatre and Drama Society Fellow Brown University
Bessie Schönberg Choreography Fellowship · 2008 - 2008 The Yard Community-based new work choreography residencies, intergenerational teaching in modern dance and creative process, and public performances and in spring, summer, and fall 2008 at The Yard in Chilmark, Massachusetts. http://www.dancetheyard.org
David L. Paletz Course Innovation Grant · 2018 - 2019 Trinity Arts and Sciences, Duke University
David L. Paletz Course Innovation Grant · 2019 - 2020 Trinity Arts and Sciences, Duke University
Open Monograph Award · 2020 - 2021 Duke University Libraries For FUNDING BODIES: FIVE DECADES OF DANCE MAKING AT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, forthcoming (fall 2021) from Wesleyan University Press.
Faculty Book Workshop · 2019 - 2020 Invited Author · Franklin Humanities Institute
Co-PI, Artist Case Studies · 2018 - 2021 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation · $200,000.00