Amy Smith
(Founder and Co-Director, Headlong)

Life of the Artist
Improvisational Forms

Amy Smith (Co-Director and Faculty member) majored in Religion and Dance at Wesleyan University.  After college, she spent a year at the Center for New Dance Development in Holland, where she soaked up European New Dance and learned from incredible people like Stephanie Skura, Ishmael Houston Jones and Steve Paxton. Other important teachers/mentors include Cynthia Novack and Richard Bull, Susan Foster, and Deborah Hay.

Besides Headlong, Amy has performed in the work of Deborah Hay (lamb, lamb, lamb…), Ishmael Houston Jones (Specimens), and other choreographers.  She has worked in theater and cabaret, as a director and performer and has choreographed for opera.  She played Ivona in Theatre Exile’s Princess Ivona and Jane Fonda in their production of That Pretty Pretty.  She won Ensemble Barrymores for her work in 1812 Productions’ Suburban Love Songs and in Lantern Theater Company’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales.  

In addition to her artistic work, Amy is Finance Director for Headlong, and is committed to helping other artists increase their financial literacy. She has served on many boards, locally and nationally, and teaches Financial Literacy through Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program.  She lives in a geodesic dome in the woods of rural South Jersey, with her rock-star-turned-teacher husband and two awesome kids.