Rebecca Lemme


Rebecca Lemme is a choreographer, performer, educator, and visual artist. Founded in 2014, she is also Artistic Director of the performance group Acts of Matter. Thematically and physically, Acts of Matter engages with work grounded in an unfettered willingness to attempt something while accepting the possibility of its failure. This physical exertion—this act of trying—is the core of humanity in the work.  Rebecca was a finalist chosen to present choreography for The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: Chicago and has been commissioned and presented by California Institute of the Arts, California State University Long Beach, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos' New Dances, Columbia College, Loyola University, Grand Valley State University, The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance Chance and Instruments of Movement. Additionally, she has toured nationally with contemporary repertory companies Luna Negra Dance Theater, River North Dance Chicago, and Hedwig Dances. She teaches extensively in contemporary, ballet and jazz technique for which she has created a unique movement style that encourages investigation, problem solving, and versatility. Currently an Assistant Professor at California State University Long Beach and formerly a full-time faculty member at CalArts, she has additionally been on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet Chicago. Rebecca holds a BA in English and Theater from Princeton University (2002) and an MFA in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts (2013). For more information please visit