About us

Links Hall most effectively realizes its mission by serving as an artistic incubator and launch pad. Through its residency programs, artist-curated festivals, fiscal sponsorship program, co-presentations with self-producing artists,cabarets, performance series, workshops and low-cost studio rentals, Links provides a home for artists across all performance disciplines, at all stages in their careers. For 51weeks each year, Links encourages artists and audiences to take equal risk.Founded in 1978 by three experimental choreographers, Links Hall became a NationalPerformance Network presenting partner in 1998. In April 2013, Links Hall andmusician/presenter Mike Reed created a new collaborative arts venue as the shared home of the for-profit Constellation and the non-profit Links Hall. Links Hall’s Director, Roell Schmidt was appointed to the City of Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council in 2012.


Darling Shear

Darling is a Chicago Native with roots in Atlanta where she started their dance training. Darling attended North Springs Charter School of the performing arts where they received training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and African.

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Jenn Freeman

Hell bent on creating a repertoire that sparked conversations regarding notions of gender, sexual prowess, and race, Jenn Freeman made her debut as burlesque artist Po’Chop in 2010.

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Joanna Furnans

Joanna Furnans is an independent dance artist based in Chicago. Her work demonstrates a conscious attention to content, form and imagery as a means to express a genuine experience of self and question the status quo within numerous cultural contexts: dance culture, queer culture, post-feminist culture, and contemporary American culture.

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Jessica Ray

Jessica Ray is a dance artist new to Chicago from New York. She works in improvisational forms, creating abstract, live performance of endurance, risk, and precise choice. In addition to solo work, she collaborates with composers and other choreographers, teaches, and performs in the work of others.

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Links Resident Alumni


  • Isabel Dieppa & Alana Parekh
  • Josh Hoglund
  • Precious Jennings
  • Jane Jerardi


  • The Impossible Collective! (band)
  • Nic Kay
  • Chih-Hsien Lin
  • Christine Shallenberg


  • Jessica Cornish
  • Lara Oppenheimer
  • Hannah Verrill
  • Karen Yates


  • Annie Rudnik
  • Thom Pasculli
  • Ishtar Bukkake (Rosé Hernandez)
  • Liana C. Percoco

Current Curatorial Residency