Samuel Wentz US
Sam Wentz is a dance and performance artist based in Los Angeles. Originally from North Dakota, he graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy in 2006, completed his BFA in Dance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2009, and received his MFA in Dance and Choreography as a Teaching Fellow at Bennington College in 2016. He has performed with: Ajani Brannum, the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2009 – 2014), Wally Cardona + Jennifer Lacey, Jay Carlon, Gerald Casel, Dimitri Chamblas, the Merce Cunningham Trust, Katherine Helen Fisher, Levi Gonzalez, Jmy James Kidd, Mark Morris Dance Group, Abigail Levine, Annie B. Parson, Judith Sanchez Ruiz, Kensaku Shinohara, and Susan Sgorbati. His own choreographic and performance work has been presented at the Bennington Museum (VT), the Geffen Contemporary at MoCA (LA), G-Son Studios (LA), Human Resources (LA), Pieter Performance Space (LA), REDCAT (LA), and The Tank NYC.
As an educator/learner, he has taught company class for the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s ROSAS, the Lyon Opera Ballet, and Katherine Helen Fisher/Safety Third Productions. In 2017, He assisted in the re-staging of L’Amour au Théâtre (2009) on the Trisha Brown Company. In the Winter of 2019, he and fellow alumni remounted Trisha Brown’s Foray Forêt (1990) and Newark (1987) on the Lyon Opera Ballet in Lyon, France. In 2018, he joined the dance faculty at the California Institute of the Arts and became a regular full-time faculty member in 2022.