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                Annalee Traylor is a freelance creator, choreographer, and director originally from Huntsville, AL.



     Traylor's physically driven, tragicomic worlds house the paradoxically eccentric, emotionally focused characters who centralize her work. Audiences are transported to parallel, surrealistic realities where the extra in the ordinary is illuminated, a lexicon of peculiarities revealed. 

     The entangling of theatre and dance remains a constant, fundamental fascination of hers. This interrogation of disciplines elicits genre-bending, animatedly nuanced storytelling that emphatically challenges and plays with societal conventions. Perpetually guided by intuition and impulse, Traylor's practice is fraught with archetypal research that is colored by her experience as a female from the South.  She works interdisciplinarily with a variety of artists - it is through these meaningful, intimate, and shared collaborations that she is able to connect deeply to her understanding of why and how she tells the stories that she does. 



     Collectively, Traylor's work has been presented nationally and abroad in LA, NYC, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Houston, Huntsville (TX), Seattle, Temecula, Brooklyn, Battle Lake, Durham, the Netherlands, Italy, and Portugal, and at venues including Battery Park, Green Space, Hudson Guild Theatre, New Hazlett Theatre, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Diavolo, Ferst Center for the Arts, Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, Gibney, and Highways Performance Space among others.  She has been commissioned and awarded residencies through Kennesaw State University, The Dance Gallery Festival, Highways Performance Space, and Periapsis Music and Dance.  Other commissions include Texture Contemporary Ballet, REED Dance, Point Park University's International Summer Dance, Houston Contemporary II, Dance Canvas, and Voices Carry Inc. In 2020, Traylor was awarded Outstanding Choreographer at the Youth American Grand Prix regionals.   

     As an educator, Traylor has facilitated master classes throughout the United States, at numerous summer intensives, and been on faculty at schools on the east and west coasts. She has been a guest teaching artist at Carnegie Mellon University, Sam Houston State University, Point Park University, Dekalb School of the Arts, and The Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh among others.




     A high school graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Annalee obtained her BFA cum laude from Point Park University, where she was awarded the Nicole Marie Falbo Scholarship. She is currently an MFA candidate at the California Institute of the Arts with the S.Disney Lund Foundation Scholarship in Dance.  As a performer, Traylor was a founding member of Pittsburgh's August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, (Top 25 to Watch in Dance Magazine), and freelanced with Pennington Dance Group, No(one Art House, Clairobscur Dance, Dolly Sfeir, and slowdanger among others. She is on faculty at the guiDANCE experience and teaches Institute Ballet at California Institute of the Arts.  She is also a certified classical Pilates instructor through Romana's Pilates.  


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