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Gabriella Wiltz is a performer, writer, videographer, choreographer, multimedia technology and design artist and a recent graduate of The Ohio State University. In May 2017 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude, with distinction in dance. Since 2013, Gabriella has worked closely with choreographers such as Teena Marie Custer, Stephan Koplowitz, Joshua Manculich and Susan Rethorst as well as various student choreographers. In April 2015 she debuted her first collegiate work, a trio titled Affinity III in the OSU Department of Dance Spring Concert, “Absolute Existence”. During that year she also was chosen amongst 10 other graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Dance to be in the Brazil Tour Group, a touring repertory company led by department chair and choreographer, Susan Hadley. The group toured Columbus City Schools prior to traveling to Salvador, Bahia in Brazil where they performed, took classes, taught classes and engaged in cultural exchange for 12 days. In addition to being a performer in the company, she was also the resident videographer and created promotional videos and a mini-documentary used by the department to share the experience.

Gabriella’s most recent work is her senior thesis piece titled Revitalize, Rehumanize which revolved around investigating, exploring, experiencing, exemplifying and celebrating Black joy through solo performance, film, multimedia design elements and audience participation this past March. Gabriella has received numerous grants and scholarships for her research over the past four years, and in 2017 she presented her senior thesis at the Denman Research Forum.

She has written for numerous websites, being the most notable, where she interned as both a Style Guru and an editor. As a current member of the writing residency at, Gabriella is investigating how sharing her life experiences through writing acts as a mode of self-discovery. She is passionate about aesthetics, authenticity and storytelling through all of her creative mediums. Gabriella is back in her hometown of Chicago, IL jumpstarting her career in the dance field.

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