Johanna S. Meyer is a choreographer and performer based in New York City. Her two full-length dance works include Every Hotel TV Plays On (2001) and Teaser(1999); she is currently developing an evening-length show called Stroll. She has also created eleven short pieces, many in collaboration with Alexandra Hartmann. Meyer's dances have been presented at PS 122, The Ontological Theater, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Kitchen's Dance-In-Progress series, Here Theater, and the University of Santa Barbara Summer Theater Lab. Comedic and intricate, her work sometimes employs video and often draws on historical material such as burlesque routines, medical textbooks, and vintage films.
Johanna participated in a residency at the White Oak Plantation, facilitated by The Field; Every Hotel TV Plays On was commissioned by Dixon Place with funds from the Jerome Foundation. She was a 2005 Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, where she presented sections of Bearshow, and in 2006, completed a residency through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space grant. She has also choreographed for theater works by a number of directors-in-residence at the Ontological Theater in the 1990’s at St. Marks Church, including DJ Mendel, Robert Cucuzza, Ann de Mare, Juliana Francis and Ken Nintzel. Her choreography was featured at the 2003 Williamstown Theater Festival in a production of Chuck Mee’s Big Love directed by Amanda Charlton. Johanna choreographed “Girlshow” by Judy Bauerlein at the University of California at Santa Barbara Summer Theater Lab facilitated by Naomi Iizuka.
Meyer has also performed in the work of numerous choreographers and directors, including OBIE-winner Richard Maxwell, Tory Vazquez, Karen Sherman and Tanya Gagne, Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel, and Nina Martin. She is currently a performer with Nami Yamamto and premeiered in her new work, Howling Flower in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine and Dance Theater Workshop. She holds a BFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.