Founder & Creative Director
Katie Phelan is an Midwest-based screendance researcher, choreographer, and educator pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Iowa. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, a minor in journalism, and a minor in advertising from Oakland University.
She has devoted her life to the arts and the elements of performance. While at Oakland University, Katie had the opportunity to dance and choreograph for Oakland Dance Theatre for three years as well dance with OU's Repertory Dance Company for one year. She has taken part in Thodos Professional Intensive under Melissa Thodos in Chicago, IL, and spent one season as a dance trainee for Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.
In her professional dance career, Katie has had the opportunity to work with Iris Wilson, Lauri Eisenhower, Alex Springer, Xan Burkley, Kendra Portier, Ron De Jesus, Gregory Patterson, Stephanie Pizzo, as well as perform in shows by Eisenhower Dance, Motus Dance Theatre, Crossroads Dance Indy, Inaside Dance Chicago, J. Linsdey Brown Dance, and Delve Showcase. Katie has performed as company member with Phoenix Rising Dance Company in Indianapolis, IN, under Justin Sears-Watson; and a core member of Ascendance Chicago in Chicago, IL.
Katie's choreography has won awards at various competitions including Kids Artistic Review, Rainbow National Dance Competition, Hall of Fame, and more. Professional works by Katie have been seen in NewDANCEFest (2017) by Eisenhower Dance in Detroit, MI; Cultivate (2016/2017) by Motus Dance Theatre in Indianapolis, IN; and Hope (2018) by AscenDance Chicago in Chicago, IL.
Katie is the founder and director of 16:9 Dance, for which she has choreographed and produced multiple dance films including: Wild Things (2016), The Journey We Take (2018), Shed (2019), HEADSPACE (2019), Ascend( 2020) and more.
IG: @kphelanchoreo @16x9dance