Beckah Reed (Voigt)
Professor of Dance, Artistic Director
At Webster University, Beckah served as the Program Head and Department Chair from 2006–2013 and has been teaching dance at Webster since 1986. Her focus has been modern technique, composition, dance history, improvisation, pedagogy, and somatics. Beckah served as co-artistic director for Wishbone Dance Theatre, a company with homes in two Missouri cities and as co-artistic director for GASH/VOIGT Dance Theatre (GVDT), an all women's contemporary dance theatre ensemble based in St. Louis.
Beckah (Voigt) created full evening length works collaborating with Susan Gash and a variety of nationally and internationally renowned composers, visual artists, writers, and videographers. The company toured throughout the world to countries such as Turkey, Greece, Hungary, Russia, Taiwan, Costa Rica, China, and Germany. GVDT spent fifteen years self-producing their work, conducting educational residencies and international cultural exchanges. The company received support from numerous private individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies such as the US Department of State.
Beckah later founded ANNONYArts, a St. Louis-based performing arts company dedicated to supporting a consortium of independent movement and performing artists, and served as Artistic Director from 2003-2013. Beckah has been very involved with the American College Dance Festival, serving on the Board of Directors for two terms. In addition, she served on various boards of arts organizations and on panels for arts funding agencies such as the Missouri Arts Council and the Regional Arts Commission. Beckah's choreography, best described as theatre dance, draws on the use of props, voice, and the motivation of human interactions to create her pieces.
Beckah enjoys her work in somatics, including qigong and taiji, focusing on healing energies and moving meditations.