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 Shifting; Chicago 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.
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.