photo by Jonathan Bouknight

photo by Jonathan Bouknight

Melissa Word is a dance artist in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a resident artist at The Lucky Penny’s Work Room studio. Her work investigates the body as a political site, creating performative situations where audience and performers are confronting personal and cultural notions of power, identity, and vulnerability.

She is currently a teaching artist with the High Museum of Art and Alliance Theatre. She co-directs and performs with JACK, a collaborative touring project interested in party culture, excess and dance floor politics. Her work has been presented by Dashboard, The Lucky Penny and self-produced through KIN (Birmingham) and Triptych Collective (Charlotte). She founded KIN in 2013 to create an experimental art and performance platform for emerging artists from around the Southeast. She graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2011, where she returns frequently to guest lecture and choreograph for their Dance program. During her tenure, she was the undergraduate research assistant for Dance.Draw, a 3-year National Science Foundation grant-funded project, investigating the intersection of sensing technology and physical performance.