Rhea Speights

Instructor, Dance


Rhea is an artist and teacher, working primarily in dance and video. Their work has been presented in backyards, galleries, and theatre spaces across the United States, as well as in Colombia and New Zealand, with support from the Puffin Foundation, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. Rhea has taught at Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama), the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Danza Común (Bogotá, Colombia), and various other institutions, festivals, and art centers. Rhea holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in Telecommunication and Film from the University of Alabama. Rhea‘s creative practice is influenced by their experience studying and creating with artists they admire, including Jennifer Monson, Niklas Vollmer, Jessie Young, and Sycamore Toffel. In making their work, Rhea uses ballet and contemporary dance forms, video, and their desire to fully integrate the imagination with the body. Some of their thoughts about the relationship between dance and video are published in a performative essay titled “The Carpet” in Undisciplining Dance  (2018), edited by Carol Brown and Alys Longley.