Donna Costello, described by the New York Times as an “impressively committed dance actor,” is a dance artist who creates, teaches and performs in process-driven work that blurs the lines of dance, theater, performance and the conventions that surround these art forms.
Her work has been presented in New York by Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance Conversations at the Flea Theater, chashama at Anita’s Way, Green Space, Wow Café, Dixon Place, DanceNow/NYC, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, SWEAT dance series and at Performatica in Mexico. She received a BAX Space Grant in 2011, participated in an artistic retreat at Wassard Elea in Italy in 2014 and was awarded a space grant by the Education Dept. at the Park Avenue Armory in 2018. She has collaborated with Jennifer Sargent, a New Orleans based physical theater artist and together created, Jitterbug and the Aftermath, a movement theater duet. This work was presented in 2018 at the Estrogenius Festival in the East Village and at Definitive Figures, A FemFest of Performance, a festival that Donna and Jenny conceived & produced together in New Orleans holding space for over 10 inspiring femme and female-identifying artists of mixed disciplines.
As an independent dancer, she has created longstanding relationships with a multitude of choreographers including: jill sigman / thinkdance, Vicky Shick & dancers, Shannon Hummel / Cora Dance (founding member), Jimena Paz, Carrie Ahern, longtime teacher Barbara Mahler Naomi Goldberg-Haas and many more. In addition, she has engaged her versatility as a performer in projects with visual artist Nick Cave, immersive theater director Kelly Bartnik, composer Anne Hege, site-specific choreographer Stephan Koplowitz, filmmaker Anna Brady Nuse, theater groups the human company and Vagabond Inventions, and as a rehearsal assistant for Rebecca Davis and Pele Bauch.
Her artistry, practice and passion for dance are forever deepening with the constant exchange she has as a performer, creator and educator in the field. In 2010, she taught and performed throughout Germany with the program Dancing to Connect for Aviva Geismar’s Drastic Action alongside Battery Dance Company. She currently is a teaching artist working with young people of all ages through the Park Avenue Armory and Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX). At BAX, she is the Director of Youthworks, a free program for young people to create original work, and acts as BAX’s Education Consultant and Lead Facilitator. She worked for Lincoln Center Education for over a decade and recently became a Dance Curriculum Specialist for Juilliard’s K-12 Global Programs.