Rashana Perks Smith
Instructor of Theatre & Dance
B.F.A., University of Texas at Austin
M.F.A., The Ohio State University
Rashana Perks Smith is a dance artist and educator creating and facilitating performances in the greater Columbus, Ohio area. Her research straddles choreography and curation within the realms of neighborhood art projects and higher educational institutions. Collaboratively, Smith creates work with artists from a range of disciplines and facilitates projects that reflect human connections and community with an emphasis on non-traditional performance spaces.
As the artistic director of Motor Dance, she has produced and performed original choreography and conducted workshops and master classes nationwide. Since 2016, Smith has created a series of residential performances that focus on the responsiveness of designers and performers to the places for which they produce art as well as examining the function of technology as a point of interface with regards to the proximity of human connection.
Smith’s work has been funded by the Coca Cola Critical Difference for Women Award, the OSU Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship, and by the Greater Columbus Arts Commission. She holds a BFA in dance from University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Dance at The Ohio State University with a focus on Choreography and Technology. At Ohio Wesleyan University, she teaches dance composition; dance history; contemporary, jazz, and social dance techniques; and the Honors Tutorial: Dance Film: A Calculated Framing of Bodies. She also directs the annual dance production, which, this year, will take place outside across the campus of Ohio Wesleyan and online.