Photo: Maya Ciarrocchi

Maya Ciarrocchi is a New York City based interdisciplinary artist whose work addresses identity, outsiderness and the body as a site of history. Her focus is on unseen and underrepresented populations including communities living in the coal fields of Appalachia, formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews, and Trans* and gender non-conforming people. She is influenced by her previous career as a dance artist not only formally and compositionally, but also in her focus on physicality as a form of expression that can convey meaning outside of language.

Her work has been exhibited in New York at: Abrons Arts Center, Anthology Film Archives, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Chocolate Factory, Microscope Gallery, New York Live Arts, and at Artisphere, (VA), Hammer Museum (CA), Borderlines Film Festival (UK), Moving Pictures Festival (CAN). Residencies include the Kala Art Institute, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Swing Space, Sedona Summer Colony, and the Ucross Foundation. She received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, a Film/Video Grant from The Jerome Foundation and funding from The Puffin Foundation. She was awarded a Jeff and a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her work as a projections designer and has collaborated with choreographers and directors such as Wally Cardona, Ping Chong, David Cromer, Merce Cunningham, Kristin Marting, and Bebe Miller among many others. Recent events include participation in the Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and creating the projection design for The Band's Visit, a new musical currently running on Broadway.

Her interdisciplinary project Gender/Power, which she co-directs with her collaborative partner Kris Grey, has been presented at Gibney Dance, the Invisible Dog Arts Center, Jack, and Smack Mellon. Gender/Power has received funding support from The MAP Fund and The Franklin Furnace Fund and has been awarded residencies from the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Process Space.

Ciarrocchi earned a MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, and a BFA from SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY.


M.F.A. Computer Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

B.F.A. Dance, Purchase College (SUNY), Purchase, NY


2017   Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts

2017   Artist in the Marketplace (AIM), Bronx Museum of the Arts

2016   MAP Fund

2016   Franklin Furnace Fund

2015   Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Process Space Residency Program

2015   Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency Program (BAC Space)

2014   Smack Mellon Hot Pick

2013   4 Heads Artist in Residence on Governors Island

2013   Puffin Foundation, project grant

2012   Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Swing Space Residency Program

2012   Jerome Foundation, New York Film and Video Grant

2011    Ucross Foundation, Artist in Residence, Ucross, WY

2009   Kala Art Institute, Artist in Residence, Berkeley, CA

2006   New York Dance & Performance Award (Bessie)


 Solo Exhibition, Site - Maya Ciarrocchi, Kinescope Gallery, New York, NY (forthcoming)

2017  Group Exhibition, AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx NY

2015  Group Exhibition, SELECT 2015: Washington Project for the Art's 34th Annual Exhibition, Artisphere, Arlington, VA

2014  Screening, Frei, New Filmmakers New York Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

2013  Group Exhibition, (e)merge Art Fair, Artist Platform, Washington DC

2013  Group Exhibition, Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY

2013  Group Exhibition, ENACT, Online exhibition as part of the Cleveland Performance Art Festival’s 25th anniversary, curated by Ann Torke and Nannette Yannuzzi

2013  Four-Person Exhibition, Quiet Disruptions, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013  Group Exhibition, Archipelago, Works by LMCC’s Swing Space Artists in Residence on Governors Island, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Kaegan Sparks

2013  Film Festival, Overburden, West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival, Morgantown, WV

2012  Group Exhibition, Beyond the Parking Lot: The Change and Re-assessment of Our Modern    Landscape, Artisphere, Arlington, VA, curated by Cynthia Connolly

2012  Solo Exhibition, I’m Nobody! Who Are You? New York Live Arts, New York, NY

2011  Solo Exhibition, I’m Nobody! Who Are You? Artisphere, Arlington, VA

2011  Solo Exhibition, I’m Nobody! Who Are You? The Chocolate Factory, LIC, NY

2007 Solo Exhibition, Wasteland, Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY

2010  Group Exhibition, Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY

2009 Three-Person exhibition, Dark Landscapes/The Weather and a Place to Live, Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York, NY, with Anna Collette and Steve B. Smith

2008  Group Exhibition, Static2 - Installation and Performance by West Midlands & New York Artists, Borderlines Film Festival, Hereford, UK


2017  A Remedy for a Constitutional Crisis, A Performed Reading of the US Constitution, durational performance, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY

2016  Gender/Power Composition IV, JACK, Brooklyn, NY (performance in collaboration with Kris Grey)

2016  Gender/Power Composition IV, Smack Mellon, as part of signal curated by Alexis Heller, Brooklyn, NY (performance in collaboration with Kris Grey)

2015  Gender/Power Composition III, workshop iteration, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY     (workshop/performance in collaboration with Kris Grey)

2015  Gender/Power Composition II, The Agnes Varis Performance Lab, Gibney Dance, New York, NY        (performance in collaboration with Kris Grey)


2016  Scenography, The Band’s Visit, directed by David Cromer. Broadway transfer, The Barrymore Theater, New York, NY

2016  Scenography, The Band’s Visit, directed by David Cromer. The Atlantic Theater Company, New York, NY

2016  Scenography, The Effect, directed by David Cromer. The Barrow Street Theater, New York, NY

2014  Scenography, As I Remember it - Carmen de Lavallade, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, MA, national touring

2012  Commission, Moving Portraits - Bebe Miller Company, video installation, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, national touring

2012  Scenography Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by David Cromer. Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL

2010  Scenography Throne of Blood, directed by Ping Chong. Brooklyn Academy of Music, Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn, NY

2008  Scenography Necessary Beauty, collaboration with choreographer Bebe Miller. Wexner Center, Columbus, OH, national touring

2004  Commission, Event, décor for performance, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, The Joyce Theatre, New York, NY


 Movement Research Performance Journal #27, 25th Anniversary Issue, Light and Magic:Video in Performance.


“Don't Just Ask Bruce Jenner for Answers, Ask Yourself”, Mark O'Connell, Psychology Today, May 1, 2015

“Sharing a Queer Gaze: Gender/Power (composition II) at Gibney”, Max Siegling,, April 6, 2015

“WPA SELECT at Artisphere”, Eric Hope, East City Art Reviews, February 12, 2015

“AFC’s Guide to (e)merge: A Fair with a Local Focus”, Paddy Johnson, Whitney Kimball and Gabriela Vainsencher, Art F City, October 2, 2013

 “Why You Should Go To The Governors Island Art Fair”, Gabriela Vainsencher, Art F City, September 16, 2013

 “Paradise lost, found and reconsidered”, Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post, 2012   

“Physical Thinking Out Loud With Animation and Video”, Roslyn Sulcas, The NY Times, p. C11, November 12, 2008                                

“A Program that Offers Unintended Implications”, Jack Anderson, The NY Times, December 21, 2004