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Lin Batsheva Kahn

  • Modern Dance
  • MLA Dance, Theatre and Communication, Kent State University
    MA Contemporary Dance, Case Western Reserve University
    BFA Modern Dance, University of Illinois Champaign
  • Performance

Lin Batsheva Kahn received a 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award from The Theatre School at DePaul. She also received the Innovative Teaching Award from the DePaul/Chicago Art Institute Partnership Committee for the innovative use of Chagall's American Windows in one of her Theatre School courses. She created and teaches Diversity in Dance: Paradigms ShiftingChicago Dancing; and Modern Dance courses at The Theatre School; and Creativity and Adversity, an interdisciplinary course about transcending hardship through the Arts in the Department of Psychology. Lin has choreographed for dance companies, university dance programs, musical theater, children's theater, and Jewish theater, and has collaborated with actors, poets, and musicians. Her work includes a commissioned piece for Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata described as "skillfully crafted" by dance critic Wilma Salisbury, The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Collaboration with faculty from DePaul School of Music includes choreography on students with Michael Kozakis’ Percussion Ensemble, with Michael Lewanski’s 20+Ensemble, Harry Silverstein’s Opera Theater production of The Fairy Queen and Dido and Aeneas, and a 1689 Purcell baroque opera conducted by Dr. Eric Esparza where her contemporary dance choreography was described as “stunning”. She was a guest choreographer with Chicago's Project 606 Dance Company, and has performed original choreography with faculty violinist Olga Kaler and jazz faculty trumpeter Chad McCullough. Described as a "powerhouse on stage", Lin has danced in work by many professional choreographers.

Kahn was an invited guest to Jerusalem where she taught, performed, and set choreography on Miriam Engel and Sergey Shamota from Angela Dance Company. She created and will direct the 2018 event Shared Resilience: Moving Forward and Together supported by the DePaul Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity. She traveled to the University of Hertfordshire in London to study with dance psychologist Dr. Peter Lovatt and teaches international students for Genesis at the Crossroads.

Kahn's honors include Chicago Jewish News Jewish Chicagoan of the Year, Today's Chicago Woman magazine 100 Women of Inspiration, Artist Educator of the Year from the Ohio Alliance for Arts in Education, DePaul Excellence in Teaching nominations, and 4 DePaul Woman of Spirit and Action awards. Her one-of-a-kind course about overcoming adversity with creativity was selected and filmed at PBS WTTW as an inspiring ELI Talk includes the performance of her choreography.​