Janis Brenner is artistic director of New York City based Janis Brenner and Dancers. Her work has been commissioned and restaged by more than 45 companies and colleges in Germany, Sweden, France, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Russia, and the U.S. She has performed with Meredith Monk and the Vocal Ensemble since 1990 and has also worked with Theo Bleckmann and Michael Moschen, was a soloist with dancer Annabelle Gamson’s company, and with the Murray Louis Dance Company (1977 to 1984), where she worked with Rudolf Nureyev, Plácido Domingo, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Joseph Papp, Batsheva Dance Company, and Alwin Nikolais. She has also written two memoir essays published by DanceView magazine (1998). Brenner served on the board for the Gender Project in New York, which seeks to empower women in dance, and is also on the advisory board of the Yard in Chilmark, Mass. Awards include the 1997 New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for outstanding creative achievement, the 1996 Lester Horton Award for outstanding achievement in choreography, and a Leach fellowship for outstanding achievement in the performing arts from Empire State College in 1993. She joined the Juilliard faculty in 2009.