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Lin Batsheva Kahn

  • lkahn1@depaul.edu​
  • 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 is a TTS Excellence in Teaching Honoree who created and teaches Diversity in Dance: Paradigms Shifting; Chicago Dancing; and Modern Dance courses at The Theatre School. Her class Creativity and Adversity, an interdisciplinary course about transcending hardship through the arts, is taught in the Department of Psychology.

Vast choreography for dance companies, university dance programs, musical theater, children's theater, Jewish theater, collaboration with actors, poets, and musicians includes a commissioned piece for Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata described as "skillfully crafted" by dance critic Wilma Salisbury of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Ongoing collaboration with faculty from the DePaul School of Music includes choreography for students with Michael Kozakis' Percussion Ensemble, 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 with faculty violinist Olga Kaler, trumpeter Chad McCullough, and cellist Stephen Balderston. Described as a "powerhouse on stage," Lin has danced in work by many professional choreographers. In 2020 she will choreograph DePaul Opera Theater's The Marriage of Figaro at DePaul's historic Merle Reskin theatre. Her theater/dance piece January Thirtyfirst will be performed at Case Western Reserve University's department of dance March concert. 

An invited guest to Jerusalem where she taught, performed, and set choreography on Miriam Engel and Sergey Shamota from An'gela Dance Company, Lin has created five teaching/performance events where she brings this multicultural couple to campus. Her 2020 Moving Toward Action with Music & Dance is supported by the DePaul Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, Vincentian Endowment Fund, The Theatre School Diversity Office, DePaul Jewish Life, and the School of Music. 

Grants for teaching enhancement from DePaul QIC include the University of Hertfordshire in London with dance psychologist Dr. Peter Lovatt, Axis Dance Company in California, and study with Joffrey Ballet Chicago. She recently gave a faculty workshop Strengthening Creative and Critical Thinking Through Improvisation and will be a faculty mentor for the Teaching and Learning Certificate Program. 

Additional 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, and 5 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 ELI Talk. With over 4,300 views, the inspiring talk includes the performance of her choreography by two Chicago dance professionals.