Jane Kosminsky has had an extensive career as a dancer. She was a member of the May O’Donnell and Tamiris-Nagrin companies, a soloist with the Norman Walker Dance Company (1960-65) and the Paul Taylor Dance Company (1965-71). In 1971, she became co-artistic director and principal dancer of 5 by 2 Dance Company and 5 by 2 Plus, a modern dance repertory company (1971-82), one of the first three modern dance repertory companies in the U.S. Kosminsky was one of the first people to restage Paul Taylor’s work and restaged his Aureole for productions of Nureyev and Friends. She also appeared as Nureyev’s partner in Paris (1974), London (1976), and Madrid (1978). In 1986, she became the director of dance at the 92nd Street Y and created the program Fridays at Noon, a free event that celebrates the work of emerging and established choreographers. It still exists today.
In 2014, Kosminsky founded Great Circle Productions, Inc., a nonprofit organization for support and development of projects in the arts. It was created specifically for mature artists who are exploring new territory. Great Circle’s first project was EDWIN, The Story of Edwin Booth, a musical drama that premiered at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in September 2016.
Kosminsky has served on the faculties of the American Center for Alexander Technique (1986-94) and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre (1988-2012). She was a member of Juilliard’s Drama faculty (1971-86) and has been a member of the Dance faculty since 1986. She is a graduate and dance award winner of the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Kosminsky received her BA in language and literature from City College of New York and is a graduate of the American Center for the Alexander Technique. Through her organization, the Balance of Well-being, Kosminsky has developed and produced three DVDs about the Alexander Technique, which are sold online and through select distributors.