Deneane Richburg

Artistic Director

Born and raised in Maplewood, MN, Deneane was a competitive figure skater for over twenty years, dancing as a means to complement her skating training. Richburg received her Gold medals in freestyle, Moves in the Field, and Ice Dancing. In addition to skating and dance, Deneane maintained an avid interest in African American Literature and Theater. After completing her undergraduate degree at Carleton College, Richburg received a Horace J. Bond fellowship with the Penumbra Theater Company in St. Paul, MN. She also had the opportunity to work with the Pangea World Theater company in Minneapolis, MN where she studied under artistic director, Dipankar Mukherjee. During this period Richburg completed her MA in Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison with a focus on contemporary African American literature, namely theater.

Hungry to obtain the skills and knowledge to fuse these artistic forms (dance, skating, and theater), Richburg received an MFA in dance and choreography at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she studied closely under Dr. Kariamu Welsh, Eva Gholson, Merian Soto, and Kun Yang Lin. Richburg has choreographed and presented work both for the ice and for the stage including Aunt Sara's Escape, which examines the visual objectification of Saartjie "Sara" Baartman; These Blues Women, and Living Past (Re)memory, a work exploring the concept of rememory based on the novel Beloved by Toni Morrison. In 2010, Richburg co-founded The Requisite Movers (TRM) with Lela Aisha Jones of Flyground. TRM's mission is to address a noticeable shortage of Black female artistic voices by supporting Black female choreographers in the form of offering presenting opportunities and spaces where they can receive honest critical feedback on their artistic work. Richburg is excited about her continued journey of movement exploration on and off the ice, engaging the body in visual story-telling, and as a means to continue to push boundaries in a variety of mediums.