December 29, 2016 |

2017 | College of Staten Island

Melissa West is a choreographer and curator based on Staten Island. Originally a student of the Staten Island Ballet, Melissa holds dual degrees in Dance and English from Hunter College. She holds a Masters in Performance Studies from New York University. Since 2008, her work has been presented throughout NYC at venues including the Atlantic Salt Factory, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, The Living Theater, Triskelion Arts, Queens Museum, The Brick Theater, The Greenbelt Nature Center, and the Bowery Poetry Club. West has held residencies at the Curiosity Project/Staten Island Arts, and the Greenbelt Conservancy. Her work investigates the body’s relationship to spatial and sonic environments. This includes works for stage and film, as well as alternative landscapes and underutilized public spaces. In addition to her work as a movement artist, she is the Vice President of Curation at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.