Jennifer Archibald is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 Dance Intensives. Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Ballet West, Sacramento Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet and worked commercially for Tommy Hilfiger, NIKE and MAC Cosmetics as well as chart-listed artists.
This season she will create new works for Richmond Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballare Carmel Boston Conservatory, and The Governors School. Archibald was the acting Movement Director for Michael Kahn’s The Oresteia at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. As a director, she premiered WeAIghT a film featuring current Ailey Company member James Gilmer and was selected for Best Choreography and Best Male Lead for Mountain View Film Festival. WeAIghT is an official selection for the San Francisco Film Festival and the Light Moves Festival in Ireland.
Archibald’s works have been performed at venues including New York’s City Center, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Aaron Davis Hall, Jacob’s Pillow Inside|Out Stage, and Central Park’s Summerstage Mainstage. Jennifer was awarded a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle. She is a Choreographic Winnings recipient by the Joffrey Ballet. Jennifer choreographed Seven, a biographical work about Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, which was commissioned by St. Louis-based MADCO Dance Company. Arch Dance Company’s “Chasing Shadows” was remounted for Dallas Black Dance Theater for their 2018/19 season. She was also the 2018-2019 recipient for the CUNY Dance Initiative Residency.
Jennifer is currently an Acting Lecturer at the Yale School of Drama and was appointed as Guest Faculty Lecturer to develop the Hip Hop dance curriculum at Columbia/Barnard College. Jennifer is also a guest artist at several universities including Fordham/Ailey, Purchase College, Princeton, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of South Florida, Goucher College, Columbia College Chicago, Miami New World School of the Arts, South Carolina’s Governor’s School of the Arts, Ailey Fordham, Boston Conservatory, and Point Park.