LINDSEY RENEE DERRY is a graduate of Purchase College Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in Dance Performance—summa cum laude. At Purchase she performed repertory by Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Lauri Stallings, and Jacqulyn Buglisi. While a student, Derry was selected to attend Technos International Week in Japan as a fully funded guest of the Tanaka Foundation. She is the recipient of the 2006 Thayer Fellowship, a prestigious award given by the New York Foundation of the Arts to outstanding State University graduates.
As a performing artist Derry has had numerous touring opportunities, taking her thus far to fourteen countries spanning North America, Europe, and Asia. In New York City she has worked with RIOULT (Pascal Rioult), Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, and TAKE Dance (Takehiro Ueyama). For five years, Derry spent several months out of the year working with José Navas/Compagnie Flak in Montréal. Highlights include performances at the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, the new Oslo Opera House in Norway, and the MODAFE festival in Seoul, South Korea. Presently, Derry is a Contributing Artist with Europe based KUNST-STOFF Productions (Yannis Adoniou and Tomi Paasonen) and dancer at Hope Mohr Dance in San Francisco.
In 2012, Derry launched Linsdans to serve as the platform for her solo work both choreographed by herself and guest artists. She is the recipient of the 2013 John D. and Susan P. Diekman Fellowship, an award that enabled her participation at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Most recently, with support from American Dance Abroad, she participated in three consecutive residencies in Greece and festival Stoffwechsel-Metabolism in Berlin where she performed her solo show POR·TRAI·TURE throughout. For the creation of POR·TRAI·TURE, Derry worked with guest choreographers José Navas, Sidra Bell, Alex Ketley, and Iratxe Ansa. This fall, she joins Santa Clara University, Department of Theatre and Dance, as Adjunct Lecturer in Modern Dance and guest choreographer.