Founder Biography

Anne Bluethenthal, M.F.A. is the founder and director of ABD Productions, the producing arm of Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers, a San Francisco-based multi-ethnic and multi-cultural modern dance company, dedicated to activism in the arts ABD was founded in 1984 and has developed a repertoire of more than 60 original works, including four evening-length multi-disciplinary pieces addressing issues such as Palestine-Israel, globalization, genocide, the environment, and the gift economy. ABD has received a number of notable awards and honors, including the San Francisco Chronicle’s Best of 2001, San Francisco Weekly’s Black Box, the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Goldie Award for Achievement in Dance, and the Rhinette Award for Best Choreography. Bluethenthal co-founded the SF Lesbian and Gay Dance Festival and created the Dancing the Mystery series.  She has been teaching her unique approach to dance technique for over 20 years and is currently on the faculties of California Institute for Integral Studies’ Creative Inquiry MFA program, Academy of Art University’s Motion Picture and Television program, and Institute for Transpersonal Psychology’s Women’s Spirituality MA program.  She maintains a private practice in the Alexander Technique (certified by both the North American and London Societies for Teachers of the Alexander Technique) and her writing on Dance, the Alexander Technique, and other subjects have appeared in various publications and books.


Faculty Positions

Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts (MFA) at California Institute of Integral Studies

Center for Art and Social Justice (CASJ) at California Institute of Integral Studies

Women’s Spirituality at Sofia University

Adjunct Faculty, Acting Program, Department of Motion Picture and Television at Academy of Art University.