Dawn Stoppiello

Dawn Stoppiello was recently named Assistant Professor of Practice, focusing on Dance and New Media, at USC Kaufman, the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at University of Southern California. Trained as a choreographer and dancer whose career was spent as a harmoniously dancing host-body for homemade computer-interaction systems, her focus was on choreography for bodies interfaced to computers through sensory systems physically conducting digital material. Her interests have shifted from using the body to enliven the digital sphere to using digital material to generate digitally-infused choreography. She began her career in Portland, Oregon at the Jefferson High School for the Performing Arts and received a BFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts in 1989 and an MFA in Dance from George Washington University in 2014. Stoppiello has received multiple honors from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA over the years including a 1987 Dance Scholarship, two Special Project grants in 2004/2009 and the foundation's highest honor, the Statue Award in 2004 for her continued excellence in her field. While still a student at CalArts, her first professional performance was with Jazz Tap Ensemble in 1986. After graduation she became a member of the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company where she remained until 1992. Stoppiello’s writing has appeared in many books and journals on live-media art practices and she has taught and lectured at arts institutions across the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. As co-founders of Troika Ranch, she and Mark Coniglio have received numerous awards (as listed in the biography for Coniglio above).