Prof. Amie Dowling

Amie Dowling


Full-Time Faculty


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.

Research Areas

  • Dance Pedagogy and Praxis
  • Choreography/Improvisation
  • Relational Aesthetics/Community Engaged Art Practices


  • MFA, Smith College

Prior Experience

  • 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

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