Sophia Cleary is an artist based in New York City. She has worked with the Kate Bush Dance Troupe, Ann Liv Young, Dynasty Handbag (Jibz Cameron), Neal Medlyn, and Alexandra Bachzetsis. She has presented her work at the the Center for Performance Research, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, and e-flux. She is the founder and coordinator of the works-in-progress series REHEARSAL and is co-editor for Ugly Duckling Presse's performance annual Emergency INDEX. Her most recent project is feminist punk band Penis, a collaboration with Samara Davis.


Curriculum Vitae


NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY Master of Arts, Performance Studies 2011

Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT Bachelor of Arts, Dance and Art History 2010

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL Video and Performance 2009


Penis (musical act) at Artists Space as a part of No Total Weekend, May 2015, New York, NY /// Previous performances at Cake Shop, Glasshouse Gallery & Baby’s Alright, New York, NY

Emerging Artist at the Performing Garage, May 2015, New York, NY

Female Figure II at e-flux, September 2014 New York, NY /// Previous performances at AUX, Philadelphia, PA May 2014 with Anya Liftig curated by Jamillah James, Danspace Project, New York, NY April 5, 2014 as a part of "Food for Thought" curated by Caleb Hammons and at AUNTS at the Abrons Art Center March 9, 2014

urn is the image at Human Resources Gallery Los Angeles, CA, April 13, 2014 /// Previous performance as a part of "Blurred Steins" at the Movement Research Fall Festival, December 2013 curated by Adrienne Truscott and Jibz Cameron. Danspace Project, New York, NY

I want to be inside you Pt. II as a part of the Center for Experimental Lectures curated by Gordon Hall, Shandaken, NY August 2013

God Bless Group aka .gif dance in COLLECTIVE SPECTACLE at the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Brooklyn, NY July 2013, group exhibition By Association at 109 Gallery Brooklyn, NY June 2013 /// Previous performance at Chain Curation Event #2 presented by AUNTS at St. Nick’s Alliance, Brooklyn, NY May 2013

you can make me look really good at Independent Art Fair presented by the Kitchen through Emergency INDEX, New York, NY March 2013

E.S.P. T.V. Christmas Special by the Kate Bush Dance Troupe, performers/members: Sophia Cleary, Sonia Stagg, Samara Davis, Sophia Peer, Erica Magrey and Jen Sullivan at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, NY, December 2012 /// Previous performances at Sculpture Center, September 2012; Tandem, June 2011; 179 Canal Street 2011; The Kitchen, December 2009

Getting Along by Sophia Cleary, Samara Davis, Joseph Teeling and Jen Rosenblit with contributions by Tara Willis and Adjua Greaves for the Movement Research 2012 fall festival at Danspace Project, NY, December 2012

something like The Tirade with Joseph Teeling at Mason Gross School of the Arts, February 2013 and with Ana Lieberman at AUNTS Realness, American Realness Festival at Abrons Art Center, January 2013

The Tirade created and performed by Sophia Cleary featuring Kate Berlant through Little Theater at Dixon Place, NY, October 2012 /// Previous performances at Cho Chiqq, July 2012 and through Spring Movement at Center for Performance Research, NY, June 2012

brother sister lover created and performed by Sophia Cleary featuring Joseph Teeling at Marlboro College, VT, March 2012 and through Workshop on the Bowery, New York, NY, February 2012 /// Previous performances with Gideon Grody-Patinkin at Movement Research Open Performance, NY, November 2011

what the shit created and performed by Sophia Cleary at the Bushwick Starr, April 2011, NY /// Previous performances through Laughter as Medium, NY, March 2011

I want to be inside you
created and performed by Sophia Cleary at Brooklyn Fire Proof Brooklyn, NY SITE FEST March 2011 Previous performance in August 2010

Residencies / Awards

2015 Artist in Residence
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
Madison, ME

2015 Visiting Artist
The Performing Garage Presents
New York, NY

2013 Artist in Residence
The Shandaken Project
Shandaken, NY

2012 and 2013 New York City Nominee
Rema Hort Mann Foundation