Ariel Nereson is Assistant Professor of Dance Studies. Dr. Nereson’s research is at the intersection of embodiment, identity, historiography, and cultural production. Her essays and reviews can be found in Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Studies in Musical Theatre, and American Quarterly, amongst others. Her essays are also included in the collections Performing the Progressive Era and in The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance, and Cognitive Science. She is a 2018 recipient of a Targeted Research Fellowship from the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) for her research on choreographers active across concert and Broadway stages in the 20th and 21st centuries. She is a past recipient of ASTR’s Selma Jeanne Cohen Conference Presentation Award (2016), Gerald Kahan Scholar’s Prize (2012), and Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Research Fellowship (2013).
Dr. Nereson is an active member and regularly presents at the conferences of the Dance Studies Association (DSA), Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), ASTR, and ATDS. She also serves on the editorial boards of Theatre Annual: A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas, and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre.
At UB, Dr. Nereson teaches courses in the BFA and BA in Dance programs as well across the graduate programs including the MFA in Dance and the MA and PhD in Theatre & Performance. Dr. Nereson is also a dramaturg and choreographer. In spring 2018 she will devise a new work for the inaugural year of ChoreoLab. Her current book project is Democracy Moving: The Lincoln Dances of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.