Toronto and Brooklyn-based artist Jennifer Archibald is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 dance intensives. In April 2017, Archibald was named the new Resident Choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet. She is a graduate of The Alvin Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she studied the Meisner Technique.
Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet 2, and worked commercially for Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and MAC Cosmetics as well as chart-listed singers and actors. Next season new works will be created for Ballet Nashville, Wylliams/ Henry, Modern American Dance Company (MADCO), Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Stockholm’s Ballettakademien.
Archibald’s works have been performed at venues including New York’s City Center, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Aaron Davis Hall, Jacob’s Pillow Inside|Out Stage, and Central Park’s Summerstage Mainstage. In 2013, Archibald was awarded a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle. She is 2015’s Choreographic Winnings recipient by the Joffrey Ballet. She also choreographed Seven, a biographical work about Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, commissioned by St. Louis-based MADCO Dance Company. In 2015, she was appointed as guest faculty lecturer to develop the hip-hop dance curriculum at Columbia/Barnard College and is currently on faculty at the Yale School of Drama.
Archibald is a guest artist at several universities including Fordham/Ailey, Purchase College, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of South Florida, Goucher College, Columbia College Chicago, and Bates College. In 2021, she also premiered a new work for Miami New World School of the Arts and South Carolina’s Governor’s School of the Arts.