Emma Sutherland (she/her)

Frisco, TX

BFA Class of 2023

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Born in Frisco, Texas, Emma Sutherland trained extensively in various forms at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center prior to attending Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. She performed various repertory works from artists such as Aszure Barton, Lar Lubovitch, Loni Landon and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. In 2019, Emma was named a YoungArts winner in modern dance and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. These experiences allowed her to collaborate and perform with musicians, visual artists and filmmakers. They were influential in Emma’s decision to attend the prestigious Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California and pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.

At USC Kaufman, Emma has continued her multidisciplinary training, focusing on concert, contemporary and commercial dance styles. Additionally, she is receiving a minor from the USC School of Cinematic Arts to explore the intersection of dance, film and multimedia art. While at USC Kaufman, she has performed works by Merce Cunningham, Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Justin Peck, Peter Chu and William Forsythe, among others.

Emma is passionate about performance and film, and how the incorporation of other mediums into dance enhances the experiences of artists and audiences. Emma hopes to dance in a professional company that celebrates a variety of artists, choreographers and repertory. She plans to apply her interdisciplinary interests in dance and cinematic arts, as well as other mediums, to continue researching and exploring dance through a broad lens.

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