Judith Smith

Founder/Artistic Director Emerita
AXIS Dance Company
Oakland, California

Judith Smith, Founder and Artistic Director Emerita of AXIS Dance Company, is one of the nation's driving forces in physically integrated dance. Under Judith's direction, AXIS commissioned more than 35 works from the nation's best choreographers and composers and developed one of the field's most extensive integrated dance education/outreach programs. Her advocacy work led to the first-ever National Convening on the Future of Physically Integrated Dance in the USA, supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation National Projects. Judith has presented at community organizations, schools, universities and conferences.  She has received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Sustained Achievement, the O2 Initiatives Sabbatical Award and was honored as one of Theatre Bay Area's 40 people that have changed the face of Bay Area theatre. Judith is an activist for the environment, animals and people with disabilities. She raises butterflies and is involved in thoroughbred racehorse rescue and adaptive carriage driving.