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Erica Mott

Erica Mott is a former researcher and international development worker turned actor, choreographer and director.

As a performance maker and cultural organizer, she utilizes body based forms (movement/song/realtime action with objects) in immersive environments and extensive cross-disciplinary  collaborations to transform discarded materials and histories and disregarded spaces and stories. Through her immersive yet intimate performance installations, she captures and heightens the magic and mystery of the mundane and invites communities to re-view and re-envision shared spaces and practices.

Her original work for the stage has been featured across the world at such venues as Roulette & Grace Space (New York City), CRICOTEKA Museum & The Audio Art Festival (Krakow, Poland), Rawabet Theater (Cairo, Egypt), International Theatre Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia),  Festival Cervantino (Guanajuato, Mexico), Steirischer Herbst (Graz, Austria), Queer Arts Festival (Rostock, Germany), NES Artist (Skagastrond, Iceland), City of Women Festival (Ljubljana, Slovenia) as well as the locally at Chicago Cultural Center, High Concept Labs, The Dance Center Columbia College, Links Hall, MCA, The National Museum of Health and Medicine and Chicago’s many parks.  

Erica is a recipient of several awards including Amnesty International’s Patrick Stewart Human Rights Fellowship, The Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, Camargo Fellowship Residency, Djerassi Residency, Banff Center Specialized Residency Programme, Ragdale Foundation Residency, NES Artist, MacArthur Global Connections Grant, 3Arts Award and the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award. She is a former core troupe member of the internationally renowned performance art troupe, La Pocha Nostra.

Erica Mott was named one of the “Top 5 Game-Changing Dance Makers in 2015”, one of Chicago’s top culturemakers in NewCity’s “Players 2016: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago” and recently one of fifty artists for Chicago’s “50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project”, an initiative through the City of Chicago for their “Year of Public Art”. Currently she is a part time lecturer in the Department of Performance at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. 

Erica will be a guest speaker for Artist Case Studies: Project Development on December 4, 2018. 

Resident year: 
2018-2019
Cohort Group: 
Guest Speaker