Sara Smith (they/she) is a transdisciplinary choreographer and librarian. Sara creates speculative-documentary performances and other works that explore interconnection and the poetics and politics of embodied and archival research. Their working process is rooted in physical practices of micro-attention and transformation.
Sara has collaborated and learned with many other artists, most regularly with writer and interdisciplinary artist Karinne Keithley Syers and visual artist Gina Siepel (Sara’s life partner). Sara's performances and other works have been seen and heard at venues throughout the U.S., including Amherst College, A.P.E. Gallery, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, Experiments in Cinema, Green Street Studios, HERE Arts Center, Hollins University, Joyce SoHo, LaMaMa, Mildred's Lane, Movement Gallery, San Francisco International Film Festival, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, SPACE Gallery, Ur, and Vermont Performance Lab, among others. Sara has a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where they studied choreographic practice with Sara Rudner and functional anatomy with Peggy Gould.
Sara has been a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship award in Choreography, and has received support from The LEF Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Puffin Foundation, and residency fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Hewnoaks, and The American Antiquarian Society. From 2010-2017 Sara edited KINEBAGO, a forum for writing by and about New England dance makers and movement researchers. Since 2013, Sara has been the Arts & Humanities Librarian at Amherst College.