Wendell Beavers

wbeavers@naropa.edu | 303-245-4640

Associate Professor


BA, Boston University

Areas of Specialization:

  • Creator of Developmental Technique™
  • Experimental Dance/Choreography
  • Somatic Based Movement

Wendell Beavers joined the faculty of Naropa University in 2003 as the founding Chair of the MFA Theater, Contemporary Performance Program. The Naropa MFA program, with over 100 extremely active alumni, has developed a new paradigm in performance training based on new somatic techniques, contemplative practice and view, and world theater and dance forms.

He was a founding faculty member and early director of New York University’s Experimental Theater Wing (ETW) where he taught from 1978 to 2003 and was named a Master Teacher at Tisch School of the Arts in 1996. He is one of three major teachers and developers of The Viewpoints, a widespread mindfulness/awareness based performance technique integrating dance and theater, along with originator Mary Overlie, with whom he danced from 1977 to 1985, and the director Anne Bogart. He began choreographing his own work based on somatic techniques in the early ‘90s, eventually creating Developmental Technique™ from the Body Mind Centering® material of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.  

In addition to teaching extensively in theater and dance schools in Europe and the U.S. including the American Dance Festival’s 6-Week School, his solo and group works have been produced in New York by Dance Theater Workshop, The Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church and a number of smaller venues. In 1978, he co-founded and and was the director of Movement Research, Inc. in NYC, which has become a model for artist run service organizations world-wide. As an arts educator and professional choreographer he has trained casts or collaborated with many directors at ETW, Naropa University and elsewhere including Robert Wilson, Anne Bogart, Richard Foremen, Moises Kaufman, Tan Dun, Kevin Kuhlke and Steve Wangh. His students have gone on to work in many experimental companies including The Wooster Group, Mabou Mines, Tectonic Theater, Stomp and have been featured in film, television and many commercial venues. Wendell has been practicing Vajrayana Buddhism since 1985 and is currently a student of  Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and a Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage. For more information on Wendell's workshops please visit his website.

Exploring the Body's Distal Ends for Support and Suspension - 2013