Choreographer, performer, and teacher Carla Mann creates dances for stage, alternative sites, installations, and film. Her work has been catalyzed by collaborative ventures with artists in other disciplines as well as in dance. Her choreography has been supported by grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Dance Coalition of Oregon, and includes works created for the NW Dance Project, Portland Taiko, Performance Works Northwest, Muddy Feet, Northwest Fusion, Arts in the Arboretum, Artquake, On the Boards, the Duncan Centre (Prague, Czech Republic), the Kunming Youth Art School, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre.
A performer in many of her own choreographic works, Carla has also performed with Oslund+Co/Dance, Dance Gatherer, tEEth, Troika Ranch, Imago Theatre, Bonnie Merrill, Lynn Phelps, JED, the Navigators, Cydney Wilkes, Linda Austin, and Benny Bell & Company, and in recent projects by choreographers Minh Tran (USA), Iris Erez (Israel), and Tahni Holt (USA and Bulgaria).
Carla serves as the Judy Massee Professor of Dance at Reed College, where she teaches courses in contemporary dance technique, choreography, improvisation, and cultural studies. She has served on panels for Dance/USA, the National Dance Project, American Dance Recon, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Carla’s work in dance is profiled in Emmaly Wiederholt and Gregory Bartning’s book, Beauty is Experience: Dancing 50 and Beyond.