CCT: 2013 AF Bio - Goffe

2013 Artist Fellowship Recipient



Deborah Goffe
Hartford, Connecticut

{Deborah Goffe}


debate: weighing our options reflects the evolution of my artistic process over time. My relationship with dance began first as its playmate, then as its student, soon making clear the centrality of the performer and dance maker in me. From this perspective, the dance is not something purely observed.  Rather it becomes an experience I hold in my own body, pour into the bodies of my collaborators through shared creative process, and finally pour into audiences through performances.


The fellowship offers an important bridge as I devote a concentrated period of time to the development of new work, building relationships with new artistic communities, and allowing the projects that have been forced into slow incubation to finally come to maturity.



Deborah Goffe is a performer, choreographer, and dance educator. Her work fuses multiple media within a collaborative process to produce a form of theatrical dance. She is the Executive/Artistic Director of Scapegoat Garden, a Hartford-based collaborative dance theater, and served as Dance Coordinator at Charter Oak Cultural Center from 2011-2012, working closely with area dance-makers to revitalize and re-envision the Greater Hartford dance community through the Homegrown Dance initiative. Deborah currently teaches dance at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and the Center for Creative Youth. She has been a past recipient of grants and fellowships, including the City of Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant and the Connecticut Dance Alliance's 2012 Distinguished Achievement in Dance. Deborah earned a BFA in modern dance from the University of the Arts and an MFA in Dance Performance and choreography from California Institute of the Arts.


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