Aaron Mattocks, “one of the finest young actor-dancers in New York” (New York Times), is a Pennsylvania native, Sarah Lawrence College alumnus, and 2013 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award nominee for Outstanding Performer. He is an associate artist with Big Dance Theater under the direction of Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar (Supernatural Wife, Comme Toujours Here I Stand (revival), Man in a Case, Alan Smithee Directed This Play); and has created roles in premieres by Doug Elkins, David Gordon, Stephen Petronio, Jodi Melnick, Steven Reker, Phantom Limb (dir. Jessica Grindstaff/Erik Sanko), Christopher Williams, Ursula Eagly, Kathy Westwater, and John Heginbotham.
He has appeared as a guest artist with Faye Driscoll, John Kelly, Dean Moss, David Parker, Yoshiko Chuma and the Bessie Award winning production Then She Fell, and has performed in projects by Courtney Krantz, Abigail Levine, and Amanda Villalobos.
His own work was awarded a 2012 Space Exploration residency from TOPAZ ARTS and has been shown at AUNTS (American Realness), THROW (The Chocolate Factory), Late-Nite Cabaret @ FLICFest (Irondale Center), for Sarah Maxfield’s One-Shot and In and Out of Uniform (Museum of Arts and Design and Abrons Arts Center), at 92Y Fridays at Noon, and for Movement Research at the Judson Church.
In addition to his work as a performer, he was commissioned to be a 2013-2014 Context Notes Writer for New York Live Arts, after recently completing a year as guest editor for Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence, and as guest curator for One-Shot. His writing has been published by The Performance Club, Culturebot, Hyperallergic, Critical Correspondence, The Brooklyn Rail, the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Hartford Stage, and the BAM Next Wave Festival. He has taught movement for actors at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Playwrights Horizons Theater School and given master classes and lectures at Keene State College, Duke University, Sarah Lawrence College, Florida State University and Emerson College.
He also has extensive experience in arts administration. In 2002, he was brought on as company manager, and in 2006 named general manager, of the Mark Morris Dance Group, where he produced and collaboratively programmed all public performances of the company and its music ensemble through June 2010, including engagements at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, English National Opera and New York City Opera, in addition to annual national touring and numerous international festivals. He has since provided freelance management services for Toby Twining Music, Dance Heginbotham, Half Straddle, and Big Dance Theater.
Past performances: Brooklyn Academy of Music (Harvey Theater), American Realness Festival (Abrons Arts Center), Paramount Theater (Boston), Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New York Live Arts, Theatre National de Chaillot (Paris), Les Subsistances (Lyon), Institute of Contemporary Arts/Boston, Hartford Stage, NYC River to River Festival, Joe’s Pub, La Mama E.T.C., P.S. 122, Dance Theater Workshop, The New York International Fringe Festival, the Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, The New Museum, Dance New Amsterdam, HERE Arts Center, 92nd Street Y, Judson Church, Bard College’s Summerscape Festival, The Getty Villa, and the Historic Asolo Theater (Sarasota, FL).
Contact: aaronmattocksperformance [at] gmail.com