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Renata Sheppard

Renata Sheppard is a choreographer, director and scholar who has lived and worked in the US, Europe, and Asia. As a Fulbright Scholar, Henry Luce Scholar, Kate Neal Kinley Fellow, and US Embassy Artist Research grantee, she has been recognized for her innovative engagement of dance across discipline: building an evening-length interactive performance with Italy’s Allied Sciences Arts Lab, designing hand-made, illuminated costumes from paper or founding and directing the Experimental Film Virginia residency and festival. A researcher who investigates interdisciplinary and innovative methods of art-making, engagement and digital technologies, her artistic work includes a diverse range of media from dance to film to photography, social media and interactive design. A recent Hampton Roads “Allie” awardee for Creative Leadership, she has presented her work internationally in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Tunisia, India, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Canada, and throughout the US and grew up in coastal Virginia between Virginia Beach and Cape Charles.