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Sam gaitsch

choreographer | educator | performing artist 

 

ABOUT

Dave Moore Photography 2017

Dave Moore Photography 2017

Sam is a St. Louis based choreographer, educator, and performing artist.

 She received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. She received her Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Dance, with a minor in Visual Art, magna cum laude from WashU in 2015.

Bridging the gap between professional concert dance and theatre, her choreography often uses humor as a tool for social commentary. Her work embraces embodied emotionality to foster empathy in her audiences. Sam brings her jubilant spirit to both the stage and her teaching practice.

Sam is currently Adjunct Faculty at Saint Louis University and Faculty at the Center of the Creative Arts (COCA) and STAGES St. Louis. From 2015-2018 she served as resident choreographer, administrator, dancer, creative director, and educator with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, as well as a teaching artist with Springboard to Learning.

Dave Moore Photography 2018

Dave Moore Photography 2018

 Her choreography for Stray Dog Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening was nominated for the “Outstanding Choreography” Award by the Theatre Circle in 2018. She choreographed Stray Dog Theatre’s Evil Dead the Musical, and will be premiering a new work for the Big Muddy Dance Company's concert "Home Grown” in January of 2019.

She has performed in works choreographed (or re-staged) by Christine O’Neal, David Marchant, Cecil Slaughter, Dawn Karlovsky, Jock Soto, Rodney Hamilton, Sylvia Waters and Elizabeth Roxas, Kameron Saunders, Arica Brown, Madison DeWitt, and Lynn M. Bobzin. She has also performed or served as assistant choreographer in drama productions directed by Andrea Urice, Jeffrey Matthews, and Henry Schvey. Originally from Nashville, TN, her dance training background includes ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, modern, hip-hop, and improvisation. She was accepted to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Professional Division Summer Intensive at 16 years old. In the MFA program she strengthened her performance acumen by taking advanced acting courses under the mentorship of Andrea Urice, Bill Whitaker, and Annamaria Pileggi. Her diverse training and performance background have greatly informed her work as a choreographer. 

 

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News


Sam is premiering a new work for The Big Muddy Dance Company's  concert "Home Grown" January 26th 2019 at the Grandel Theatre.

Carly Vanderheyden Photography 2018


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Sam choreographed Stray Dog Theatre's recent musical, Evil Dead, which ran October 11th-27th, 2018.

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The actors of Stray Dog Theatre in rehearsal with Sam. Photo: Justin Been

The actors of Stray Dog Theatre in rehearsal with Sam. Photo: Justin Been


MFA Dance Concert : Common Ground

March 24th, 2018 in Edison Theatre

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Joe Foster and David Dwight IV in their meet-cute

Sam Gaitsch in her final solo

Gaitsch premiered "ENTERpersonal," a thirty-minute choreographic work of dance-theatre as her final component of the MFA in Dance.

Joe Foster and Jayne Ratliffe in the opening duet

Sommer Payne, Julia Osteen, Sam Gaitsch, Joe Foster, and David Dwight IV in the school parody

David Dwight IV and Sam Gaitsch in their duet

David Dwight IV and Sam Gaitsch in their duet

MFA Concert Program

Julia Osteen and Sam Gaitsch in their duet

Joe Foster and Jayne Ratliffe in their closing duet


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THEATRE CIRCLE AWARDS

2018

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Gaitsch was nominated for the "Outstanding Choreographer" Award, presented by the St. Louis Theatre Circle. 

Gaitsch with Robert Kapeller of  Stray Dog Theatre  at the Awards Ceremony

Gaitsch with Robert Kapeller of Stray Dog Theatre at the Awards Ceremony


Choreography by Sam Gaitsch  John Lamb Photography 2017

Choreography by Sam Gaitsch

John Lamb Photography 2017

Two On the Aisle video review- starts @ 14:41

Gaitsch working with the actors of Stray Dog Theatre

Gaitsch working with the actors of Stray Dog Theatre

Stray dog theatre presents the musical "Spring Awakening" 

October 2017

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"Justin Been directs this smart interpretation with a sure hand, Sam Gaitsch provides engaging, equally fresh choreography,... Justin Been and choreographer Gaitsch also make good use of the theater space, with entrances, exits, and several dance sequences moving among the seated patrons."- Tina Farmer

"Choreographer Sam Gaitsch complements the music with a furious, athletic treatment of “The Bitch of Living” (echoing the Broadway production) and turns the tender pairings of “Touch Me” into a kind of last dance on prom night, as deliciously weary couples sway in each other’s arms." - Judith Newmark

 

"Sam Gaitsch’s spirited choreography {...} brings a buoyant bounce to the steps of the budding teens whose angst is on display throughout the work’s two acts."

"And, at last set into context, the act two anthem finally makes sense: generating great excitement with the help of Sam Gaitsch's thundering choreography."


"With Intrinsic, Consuming Kinetics Brings the Four Elements to LifE"

Sam's work, "Smother" Dave Moore Photography 2017

September 2017

 Elizabeth Semko

"Despite the different ways the choreographers have taken on the theme, all the pieces tie into the company's goal of communicating to the audience — specifically, in cases like Gaitsch's piece, to remind them that we're part of a delicate ecosystem."


"WUSTL PAD presents ‘Urinetown’ The Musical in Edison Theatre"

October 2017

Sam served as Assistant Choreographer to Christine Knoblauch O'Neal

Sam served as Assistant Choreographer to Christine Knoblauch O'Neal

‘Macbeth’ delivers intimate reflection upon contemporary morality

Feb/Mar 2017

Hannah Marias, Brandon Krisko, and Sam as the Witches in Macbeth at WashU

Hannah Marias, Brandon Krisko, and Sam as the Witches in Macbeth at WashU


Consuming Kinetics Explores "Support" in Its New Show at the Kranzberg

April 2016

Elizabeth Semko

Sam performs the solo "For Kim" Choreographed by Kameron Saunders

Sam performs the solo "For Kim" Choreographed by Kameron Saunders

 

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"Thinking on Her Feet"

Washington University in St. Louis "Class Acts Series" 2015

Interview with Liam Otten

"I think dance has helped me train as a person — in terms of discipline, time management, taking constructive criticism, interacting with other people, and taking time for self-care. In psychology, you definitely learn things about personal health and wellness that apply to dance as well."

 

 

ART & DESIGN

CHARCOAL. INK. PENCIL. PASTEL. OIL. WATERCOLOR. MIXED MEDIA. DIGITAL.

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"Untitled" (2013)

36"x24" Charcoal, Ink and Coffee

Figure study (2013)

24"x18" Charcoal

Bruce (2011)

36"x48" Oil on Canvas

Figure Study (2012)

18"x24"

Compressed Charcoal

Notre Dame (2013)

4"x4" Watercolor

(1/5 in series)

Rodin sketch (2014) 8.5"x11" Ink

CKDC Beat Kill Jam t-shirt design 2016

Jennifer (2014)

36"x24" Vine Charcoal on chipboard

Influence (2014)

4ft by 6ft Charcoal

Album artwork commission for an independent artist

 
 
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Bobbi Lane Photography. Shutterfest 2016


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