Nichole Canuso is the artistic director of Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC). She was a company member of Headlong Dance Theater from 1997 – 2011 and has performed and collaborated with Pig Iron Theater Company, Early Morning Opera, Theater Exile, Karen Bamonte Dance Works, and co-directed Moxie dance collective from 1999-2004. In 2009 Canuso performed with Bill Irwin in The Happiness Lecture. Canuso is interested in taking on collaborative projects that defy any one genre. Her choreography keeps the audience very much in mind, often inviting direct participation of the viewer. She has received fellowship support for her choreography from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bessie Shoenberg First Light Commission, The Leeway Foundation, the Independence Foundation, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, and others. Presentation of her choreography includes Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), The International Festival for Art and Ideas, HERE arts Center, Velocity (WA), ODC (CA) and Movement Research Exchange. Choreographic residencies include 2009 fellowship at Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), Millay Colony for the Arts (NY), The Orchard Project, Live Arts Brewery (LAB), Susan Hess Choreographer’s project, Amherst and Swarthmore Colleges. Nichole was a recipient of a Knight Arts Challenge grant for the development of The Garden, which premiered in 2013. Her recent solo, Midway Avenue, was selected for the 2014 SCUBA touring network.