Photographer: Margaret Bullitt
Hannah C. Wiley, founder of the Chamber Dance Company (CDC) in 1990, has directed over one hundred twenty works that are archived in Suzzallo Library on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. She has created documentaries about the work of Michio Ito, Dore Hoyer, Mary Wigman, Joseph Gifford, Eve Gentry, Tandy Beal, Bebe Miller, Doris Humphrey, Jean Erdman, Joe Goode, Shapiro & Smith Dance, and Lucinda Childs. Her research has been published in Dance Research Journal, Graduate Research Journal, Foot and Ankle, Impulse and the Chronicle of Higher Education. From 2011 to 2014, Hannah held the Floyd & Delores Jones Endowed Chair in the Arts, and was awarded a Donald E. Petersen Endowed Professorship in 2003. To support her research in the arts, she has received numerous grants from the NEA, National College Choreography Initiative, UW Royalty Research Fund, Allen Foundation, Nesholm Family Foundation, SAFECO, American Masterpieces, O’Toole Family Foundation and Seattle Foundation, among others. After teaching at Mount Holyoke College and the Five College Dance Department for ten years, Hannah joined the UW faculty in 1987 and served as director of the Dance Department until 2001. She has taught ballet technique at Bates Dance Festival, White Mountain Dance Festival, Strictly Seattle and Cornish College of the Arts. Hannah received a B.A. with a major in drama from the UW in 1973, and an M.A. in dance and dance education from New York University in 1981.