Amy Yopp Sullivan is an Associate Professor and Founder/Creator of the Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning at Stony Brook University. She creates environments and structures to serve as territories for creativity and experimentation. Sullivan values process and improvisation as catalysts for original dance theatre works, interdisciplinary research, community outreach projects and educational learning communities. Sullivan’s work has been produced in Seoul, Mexico City, Wales, Portugal, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Paris, and throughout the US. She received a national Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellowship, the Presidential Merit Award at Western Illinois University, the President and Chancellor’s teaching award from SUNY and Stony Brook University and was designated as one of the “most skilled and experienced artist in communities” by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (1999) and a recipient of the Ethel Martus Lawther Alumni award.
Sullivan received her educational training at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (Bachelor of Science and MFA) and is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA). She is currently developing new dance theatre collaborative works; and performed her most recent work in progress at Movement Research in NYC in November of 2017. Her research and collaborative interests have led her to her current collaboration with colleagues in engineering and neurobiology, where she leads a research project, developing a wearable device for Parkinson’s patients. Sullivan uncovers honest, evocative vocabularies, and seeks to make meaning in our lives and world through inquiry, innovation and collaboration.