Professor Tim Glenn received his MFA in Dance (choreography and technology) from The Ohio State University, and he also holds degrees in Dance: Performance & Choreography (BS) and Dance: Interarts & Technology (BS) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Prior to joining the FSU dance faculty in 2001, Glenn worked for the Department of Dance and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design at Ohio State, the UW–Madison Dance Program, and as Co-director of MetroDance, Inc. in Madison, WI. He studied at the Nikolais/Louis Professional Training Program in NYC, and soon after joined the Nikolais & Murray Louis Dance Company, where he performed more than twenty-five works from the repertory of Nikolais and Louis throughout Finland, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Additional professional performing experience includes membership in the Melrose Motion Company, Jazzworks Dance Company, and Performance Tech—Tim Glenn and Company.
Glenn offers studio-based technology instruction and movement courses primarily influenced by the Nikolais/Louis philosophy and method of performance. His teaching at UW–Madison, Ohio State, and Florida State has included courses in 2D and 3D dance video, projection design, repertory, improvisation, contemporary technique, choreography, and movement analysis.
Glenn’s research interests in dance technology include digital media design, screendance, telematics, concert documentation, and multimedia theater. His publications appear in Perspectives on Contemporary Dance History (Cambria Press, New York) and Art in Motion: Current Research in Screendance (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, London). He serves as Director of Technology for the School of Dance, and also remains active as a choreographer/director, primarily generating new repertory.
Choreographing since 1987, Glenn’s repertoire has been performed internationally in The Netherlands, Japan, and Spain, as well as in numerous national venues. He is the recipient of the Gene Kelly Award for the Performing Arts presented by the National Alliance for Excellence and the Leo Award for Choreography from the Jazz Dance World Congress.
Glenn integrates video technologies with dance in a number of ways. As videographer for the Paul Taylor Dance Company's Repertory Preservation Project for almost a decade, he has documented over thirty-five Taylor masterworks. In 2008, Glenn directed and produced a video transposition based on his 1996 work, Embodiments of Silence, which has screened internationally at venues such as Dance and Media Japan in Tokyo. He is the project director for ChoreoVideo.com and DanceDocumentation.com and has presented his research in dance documentation (2006) and videodance (2009) at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. His recent work—linking Nikolais/Louis performance training with camera motion—has been presented at the Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne (France).
While at FSU, Glenn has directed telematics events involving Western Michigan University, Wayne State University, The Ohio State University, University of Utah, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Butler University. The Intermedia Festival of Telematic Arts, a collaboration with IUPUI, Butler University, and the Dance Kaleidoscope Company, included FSU dancers performing in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Tallahassee for a live audience in Indianapolis. Based on projects utilizing Internet technologies, Glenn has been invited to deliver presentations on FSU telematic initiatives at the Internet2 Member Meeting in Atlanta and the Internet2/New World Symphony Workshop on Performance Arts Production over Advanced Networks in Miami.
Influenced by his mentor, Alwin Nikolais, Glenn enjoys “total theater” design, including costume design and construction. He has been the director of Aqueous Myth: Tales of a Water Planet, a full evening of dance and technology commissioned by the National Center for Choreography (2005), Whistling Doves: An Evening of Multimedia Dance Theater (1999), and numerous other recent productions at FSU. Based on his work in multimedia theater, Glenn was invited to present on his work at “The Progeny of Alwin Nikolais” event at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Glenn offers service to the dance profession at the national, university, and school levels. He has been an invited presenter for the National Association of Schools of Dance and has served as technology consultant for a number of organizations, including Temple University and the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance. He is the FSU Representative for Internet2 Arts and Humanities, curator of Dance on Camera–Tallahassee (an international screening of dance films), and from 2001–2005 served as Technology Director for the National Center for Choreography at FSU. Glenn regularly engages in university service, including the Teaching and Advising Awards Committee, Distance Learning Awards Committee, Faculty Senate, and Quality Enhancement Plan’s Critical Thinking Initiative. In addition to serving on administrative and academic committees within the School of Dance, he is charged with developing and overseeing the documentation model for archiving the School of Dance concerts, a service also used for teaching video techniques to student videographers.
Bachelor of Science in Dance: Performance and Choreography, University of Wisconsin–Madison (1990)
Bachelor of Science in Dance: Interarts & Technology, University of Wisconsin–Madison (1996)
Master of Fine Arts in Dance, The Ohio State University (1999)
Dance Technology, Contemporary Dance, Movement Analysis, Choreography (Graduate Faculty Status)