Joanna Haigood’s creative work uses natural, architectural and cultural environments as points of departure for movement exploration and narrative. Her work has been commissioned by many arts institutions, including Dancing in the Streets, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Walker Arts Center, the Exploratorium Museum, the National Black Arts Festival, and Festival d’Avignon. She has also been honored with the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Cal/Alpert Award in Dance, the US Artist Fellowship, and a New York Bessie Award. Most recently, Haigood was a recipient of the esteemed Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.
Joanna has taught at the National École des Arts du Cirque in France, the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in England, Spelman College, and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. Joanna is the Co-Founder and Director of Zaccho Dance Theatre, Zaccho Youth Company, Youth Performing Arts Program, and Center for Dance and Aerial Arts, all proudly housed at ZACCHO Studio in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point district.