Liz Lerman
Dancer and Choreographer
Baltimore, MD
2011 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

Choreographer Liz Lerman is the Founding Artistic Director of Liz Lerman dance Exchange, created in 1976 in Washington, DC (Lerman left the company in the summer of 2011). She is a pioneer in making site-specific dances and including various communities in artistic and civic engagement projects that often mix dance with spoken word, imagery, and music. She also became known for including seniors as dancers in her company. Among many honors, Lerman received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002.

Portrait photo courtesy J.S. Rosenthal.
  • Artwork by Liz Lerman
    Swan Lake, 1982, dancers Judith Jourdin, Thelma Tulane, Liz Lerman, Vee Hollenbeck, Jess Rea; photo credit Dennis Deloria
Artwork by Liz Lerman