Molly Hess is a Berkshires, MA based choreographer, dancer, educator, and art’s administrator who creates playful and tender work meant to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. She loves creating performances that engage audiences through all the senses. Currently Molly is creating Dance for Your Plants, an interdisciplinary installation including fiber arts, video installation and interactive activities which runs from April 16-May 2 at Plant Connector in North Adams, MA. Molly has had her work presented all around the US including Links Hall (IL), AS220 (RI), The Dance Complex (MA), Mascher Space Coop (PA) and Denmark arts Center (ME) and more.
Molly believes deeply in the power of artistic collaboration. She is a co-founder of 3 Spice Dance, a collective of Bearnstow Alumni, and The Picnic Sisters, an ongoing collaboration with Eliza Malecki. Other Collaborations include “Fitzhugh in Prospect Park” with sculptor Fitzhugh Karol to create site specific, participatory work activating his large scale playful sculptures. And “Molly +Tessa Make a Dance”, a touring participatory performance created with Tessa Broadby. She is passionate about intergenerational dance connection and was a member of 2 Boston based intergenerational companies, Back Pocket Dancers, and PB&J Dance Company.
Molly is also a dedicated art’s educator who teaches dance and sewing/ fashion design always in a way that encourages students to celebrate their own creativity while mastering new skills. She is currently the Day Camp Director at Bearnstow and on the teaching faculty of Studio North Dance Arts. Additionally, she has taught youth in public schools and after school programs as well as adults and seniors and masterclasses and workshops.
Besides her creative practice, Molly is the Associate director at Bearnstow on Parker Pond, an organization she has been honored to be part of since 2011.