Ishmael Houston-Jones is a choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and arts consultant. His improvised dance and text work has been performed in New York City, across the United States, in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Latin America. Houston-Jones’ Nowhere, Now Here was commissioned for Mordine and Company in Chicago, and Specimens was commissioned for Headlong Dance Theater in Philadelphia. He was the choreographer for Nayland Blake’s Hare Follies at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. From 1995-2000 he was part of the improvised trio “Unsafe/ Unsuited “with Keith Hennessy and Patrick Scully. In 1984 Houston-Jones and Fred Holland shared a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie Award” for their Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders. In 2011 he won a “Bessie Award” for the reimagining of THEM, his 1986 collaboration with Chris Cochrane and Dennis Cooper. He received a 2013 Grants to Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.