Prof. Amie Dowling

Amie Dowling

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4888 Kathi Gallagher Dance Studio Office


Amie Dowling creates dance and theater for the stage, for film and in community settings. For the past several years, her work has considered the politics and representation of mass incarceration. Well Contested Sites, a collaboration with Bay Area artists, some who were previously incarcerated, won the International Screendance film prize. Her most recent film, Separate Sentence, examines the intersection of gentrification and the generational impact of incarceration. She has presented work nationally and internationally at such venues as Busboys & Poets (Washington D.C.), Lincoln Center (NYC), Regards Hybrides (Canada), Cinéma Jean-Eustache (France), Passangen Art Gallery (Sweden), and the Juming Museum (Taiwan). Professor Dowling’s writing has been published recently in Performing New Lives, Contact Quarterly, Jesuit Higher Education, and InDance. She is an artist in residence at the San Francisco Jails and at San Quentin Prison, where she is a member of the Artistic Ensemble.

MFA, Smith College
Member Artistic Ensemble: San Quentin Prison
Artist-in-residence: San Francisco Jails
Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange, company member
Jacob's Pillow, teacher/choreographer
American Dance Festival, teacher/choreographer
Dance Pedagogy and Praxis
Relational Aesthetics/Community Engaged Art Practices
Awards & Distinctions

International Screendance Film Festival Jury Prize

Lincoln Center Dance on Camera Festival

Recent recipient of the following grants: Center for Cultural Innovation, Wattis Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, SF Arts Commission, Oakland Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council