Danielle Georgiou, Ph.D.
Danielle is a first-generation Cypriot-American director, choreographer, and performer based in Dallas, TX. Her stage and video work deal with puzzles found in gender and cultural identity—vulnerability, deformity, and beauty. Her work has been performed and exhibited nationally in Texas, New York, California, Florida, and internationally in Scotland and Germany. In 2011, she created the performance project, the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. With DGDG, Georgiou has created and directed a series of collaborative, devised dance theatre productions and dance musicals. She is particularly interested in the interplay of performative elements and collaborative, devising techniques with a distinct effort toward eliciting a response from an audience. What has come forward is what she has labeled “dialogic dance theatre,” work that encompasses methods that invite the audience to participate through interactive elements, immersive environments, and the use of social media to participate in post-show conversations. She encourages the performers and the audience to engage in a conversation while dancing, and that resulting dialogue becomes the environment.
In addition to being the Artistic Director of DGDG, she is a Movement Coach and Intimacy Director for numerous theatre companies in Dallas-Fort Worth. Most recently, she was a part of a team of artists who were selected for the 2022 Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Prize (Opera America), directed “Amahl and The Night Visitors” with the Fort Worth Opera, and directed and choreographed the critically acclaimed world premiere of “Stede Bonnet: A F*cking Pirate Musical.” She holds a Ph.D. in Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas.
She has been an artist in residence with the Dallas Public Library system, Richland College, and CentralTrak—The UT Dallas Artist Residency Program. She has written for The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, Dance/USA, and Art&Seek. She is the former Associate Artistic Director of Undermain Theatre.
Currently, she is a Professor of Dance, Humanities, and Visual Arts at Dallas College-Eastfield Campus.
GET TO KNOW DANIELLE
In the summer of 2019, Danielle was interviewed by Betsy Lewis, a Dallas-based videographer, for a video series for TheaterJones. The interview series used prompts from various versions of the Proust Questionnaire.