Gary Shore

Gary Shore, B.A.Associate Professor of Dance

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Areas of Expertise

Dance and Performance Studies


B.A. Clark University

Gary Shore is a choreographer, mime, and filmmaker. He has won many awards for his choreography including two choreography fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. His choreography has brought the Roger Williams University Dance Theatre to the Kennedy Center in Washington as part of the American College Dance Festival National Gala Concert.

He studied as a mime in Paris with Etienne Decroux and while there attended the National Circus School. He has written, choreographed and performed many full length plays including The Waiter and The Waitress, Backyard, and Educating Oedipus. The filmed version of Educating Oedipus premiered at The Rhode Island International Film Festival and was presented at the Portobello Film Festival in London. As a solo artist his work has been seen at numerous theatres, festivals and universities including presentations at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and The New 42nd St. Theater in New York City. With Kelli Wicke Davis he formed and co-directed Shoda Moving Theatre which was presented at The International Festival of Theatres in Switzerland, The Riverside Dance Festival and the Open Eye in New York City. He is featured in the book, From the Greek Mimes to Marcel Marceau and Beyond by Annette Lust with foreword by Marcel Marceau.

He wrote, produced, directed and performed in the twenty minute film, First Movement Form. The film was presented at Lincoln Center, Harvard University, University of Michigan, and Ohio State University with introduction by Marcia Siegel. In 2002, it won two Orion awards (recognizing Excellence in New American Cinema), one for Best Comedic Director and another for Best Comedic Short. Film Threat Magazine selected the film as an honorable mention for one of the best unseen films of 2002. Film Threat stated "First Movement Form was created in digital video and it is uncommon to recall the medium used with such technical skill and daring as it is here."

His feature length film, Ode, is an updated version of Swan Lake. It was presented at the Foursite Film Festival in Utah and the Ozark Foothills Filmfest in Arkansas.

(Shore’s solo performance) .... a captivating show, a gem.

- The Scotsman, Edinburgh Scotland

a master of the mime - a dancer, a clown and a dramatist.

- The Boston Herald