Monica Bill Barnes is a New York City-based choreographer and performer. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Barnes moved to New York in 1995 after receiving her B.A. in Philosophy and Theatre from the University of California at San Diego.
She has created 14 evening-length dance works, numerous site-specific events and multiple cabaret numbers for her company. Her work has been presented in a wide range of venues including the Joyce Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade, Symphony Space, New York City Center, David Koch Theater and alongside the hot tub at the Standard Hotel.
Lincoln Center Institute invited Barnes to tour two of her shows, This Ain’t No Rodeo! (2003–2005) and Suddenly Summer Somewhere (2009–2010) as part of their Repertory Season. Barnes has been an invited Guest Artist at North Carolina School of the Arts, Vassar College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Connecticut College, the College at Brockport, Florida State University, James Madison University, University of Michigan and Emory University.
In addition to stage works, she has created several site-specific works and choreographed for theater productions at the Signature Theater (Home), the Altantic Theater (The Jammer) and Under the Radar Festival (Goodbar). Recent dance commissions include new works for Parsons Dance (Love, Oh Love) and the Juilliard School (The Way it Feels).
Barnes was thrilled to be a part of This American Life Live! last May alongside her favorite radio host Ira Glass and for the wonderful opportunity to create a solo for David Rakoff for this event.