Shannon Gillen


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Professional Title

Associate Professor, Dance


School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD)


Shannon Gillen (she/her) is the artistic director of VIM VIGOR (US), a cutting edge, physical dance theater company. Her creative work is interdisciplinary in nature and has been commissioned across the USA, Canada, Central America, South America, Norden countries and Europe. Projects include commissions by L.A. Dance Project, fashion label PHELAN for NY Fashion Week, DANCEworks at the Lobero Theatre, Hubbard Street 2, Gibney Dance Company, Over het lj in the Netherlands, Jacob's Pillow Festival, ICA in Boston, Ruvuelo in Chile, Boston Dance Theater, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, the International Solo-Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, the TIF theater in Kassel, de Danseurs in NL, as a THINK BIG choreographer-in-residence at Staatsoper Hannover and at Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton where she was a choreographer in residence; notable festivals and venues where her work has been seen include Springboard Danse Festival in Montreal, New York Live Arts, Prisma Festival in Panama, Judson Church, PULSE Art Fair/Art Basel, Bryant Park, NYC's River to River Festival, Perry Mansfield, and The Joyce. VIM's latest work PUNCHLINE premiered at dock 11 in Berlin before touring to the Arthur Miller Theatre in Michigan and with Gibney Presents in NYC. Additionally, in 2023/24 the company created original works in Iceland at the IUA, at b12 in Berlin and at Vassar College in New York. Dedicated to educating and learning from the next generation of artists, Gillen is an Associate Professor of Dance at The University of Michigan and choreographs for many higher education institutions each year. VIM VIGOR serves as a physical dance theater education platform in the USA, with annual winter and summer programming. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and earned her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

Research Interests

mixed methods
qualitative research
community-based research