Deborah Slater (director, choreographer) has been performing, choreographing and directing in theater and dance for over 25 years. She is the recipient of a 2010 Chime Across Borders Mentorship with New York Choreographer David Gordon, a CHIME grant to mentor Cynthia Adams of Fellow Travelers and was simultaneously selected by Theater Bay Area to be mentored by Tony Taccone, Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep, on her next major project, MEN THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN GRASS. In 2007 DSDT was awarded an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for HOTEL OF MEMORIES. She has worked with selected theater and dance companies including the Magic Theater, A Traveling Jewish Theater, Dell 'Arte, Theater Works and San Diego Repertory Theater. Selected commissions include the Yerba Buena Gardens Art Festival, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, The Cocteau Centenary in Los Angeles, the Kings County Arts Commission in Seattle and the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Selected residencies include Red Cinder Creativity Center on the Big Island in Hawaii and Djerassi Resident Artist Program in California. Ms. Slater co-founded CIRCUIT NETWORK, an arts management consortium; was a founding board member of the People's Theater Coalition (Life on the Water Theater) and was on the Dance Bay Area Board for 5 years. In 1989, she founded ART OF THE MATTER, a non-profit dedicated to the idea that art and everyday life are not, in fact, separate events. Ms. Slater serves as a Mentor for the Vision Series for High School and Emerging Choreographers, was an advisor to the Marketing Committee for National Dance Week/Bay Area and recently completed 6 years as a member of the Executive Committee of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program Board. She has run Studio 210 in San Francisco continuously since l980.
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