Deborah Slater Dance Theater - Mission & History

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Mission & History

A brief history and mission statement of the organization

Created in 1989, Art of the Matter is the producing body for Deborah Slater Dance Theater (DSDT), and Studio 210. DSDT is a professional dance & theater company dedicated to production of evening-length works exploring timely social issues. Founded by Artistic Director/Choreographer Deborah Slater, DSDT has been touring more than two decades.
AOTM/DSDT celebrates Studio 210’s 36th year of continuous operation as a rehearsal and performance facility in San Francisco’s Mission District and Deborah Slater Dance Theater’s 27th year of existence.

Some Studio 210 highlights include: the ENGAGING THE IMAGINATION festival, featuring Anna Halprin and Deborah Hay, workshops by renowned artists like playwright Octavio Solis, the 210 Residency Program, as well as use by hundreds of Bay Area musicians, dancers, actors, directors, fashion designers and photographers. Children’s dance, adult acting and rehearsals happen weekly.

DSDT honors: Artistic Director Slater, with playwright Julie Hebert and ODC producer Rob Bailis were awarded a 2011 Gerbode Playwrighting Grant. Ms Slater was selected for a 2010 CHIME ACROSS BORDERS Mentorship with David Gordon, a TBA Mentorship with Berkeley Rep Artistic Director Tony Taccone and a 2008 CHIME Mentor grant, mentoring Cynthia Adams; a 2007 Izzie for Hotel of Memories; an NCCI grant for residency/performance at F&M College in Pa, funded by DANCE USA; and selection in 2006 & 2008 for Residencies by the Wells Fargo Center for the Performing Arts.

Other Awards & Funders include – multiple SF Arts Commission grants, grants from the Phyllis Wattis Fdn, the Walter & Elise Haas Fdn, Fleishhacker, the Stanley S. Langendorff Fdn, Zellerbach Family Fund and the Vanguard Fdn. Additional awards include a TBA CA$H grant, and 9 NEA Fellowships. Ongoing grants include SF Hotel Tax/GFA as well as private donors. DSDT is a roster artist of Young Audiences and Creative Education Consulting. Ms. Slater is a 9 year Mentor for the Vision Series for High School and Emerging Choreographers. She is a co-founder of CIRCUIT NETWORK and was an Executive Committee Member of the Djerassi Resident Artist Board for 6 years.