Terry Fox Biography

Former dancer/choreographer, Terry Fox is currently the Director of the Philadelphia Dance Projects. She was invited in 1993 by Samuel Miller, then director of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, to coordinate Philadelphia Dance Projects from the Painted Bride Art Center where she had just returned to the position of Dance Curator.  From 1979 through 1983 she developed the “Dance With the Bride” series where she was an artist consultant.

Since 2014 she has been Faculty and Coordinator for the MA in Theatre Arts Administration Program, Dance & Theatre Dept., Rowan University, Global Learning & Partnerships.

She moved to New York City to become director of the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church from 1984 through 1989. As Managing/Artistic Director of Danspace, she organized and administered an annual performance series.  She stabilized the organization by establishing an active Board of Directors, establishing an annual benefit event, establishing consistent promotion, obtaining their independent nonprofit status while attracting new corporate and foundation contributions, establishing a cash reserve, and increasing fees for artists and production staff. During that period, the Danspace Project presented some of the best artists beginning to create work in the mid-80’s.

Since returning to the Philadelphia region she has been consultant for a number of organizations including among others:

-          The Philadelphia Art Alliance’s “RE: Dance” series in 1991, an artist to audience forum that featured Lucinda Childs, David Van Teighm, Brenda Dixon Gottschild and Jennifer Lacey with Jennifer Monson.

-          The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 where she was a curatorial consultant to Judith Tannenbaum for “Interactions” a major exhibition focusing on the collaborative works of visual and performing artists during the 80’s.

-          From 1996-98 she assisted Rennie Harris Pure Movement in developing their first national and international touring.

-          She developed a school enrichment program “Dance Sampler” for the KOGMA and LEAP programs of the Vineland, New Jersey School District.

-          Curator of DanceBOOM  at the Wilma Theater in ‘06 and ’07.

She was adjunct faculty, teaching Arts Management in the Arts & Humanities Department of Stockton College for 8 years 1992- 2000.  She has been guest faculty for Temple University’s Boyer College of Music & Dance. She has served as guest panelist and board member for numerous organizations.  She is the recipient of a Philadelphia peer recognition “Rocky” award (2005).

As an artist she performed from 1972-1988 in Philadelphia, New York, D.C., and West Berlin. Her work was supported by the NEA, PCA, and various foundations, including 2 fellowships at Yellow Springs. During that time she taught dance at the Settlement Music School, at her own Studio at 217 Church Street, and elsewhere as guest artist. She was co-founder of Old City Arts ‘76-83, the first artists’ organization in Philly’s loft district. Her work as an administrator is informed by her experience as artist and as such she remains a devoted advocate and resource for dance artists, knowing firsthand the dimensions of the process of creating work and getting it before the public.

Education: BA Degree for New York University, 1983
Independent Study Program Whitney Museum of American Art, 1984
Travel & Study in India, 1978
And the American Dance Festival, Connecticut College, 1968 & 1969