Imogen Smith, Director of Archiving and Preservation

Imogen Smith

Imogen Smith is the Director of Archiving and Preservation at Dance/USA.

With more than a decade of experience as a specialist in archiving dance, Imogen is a passionate believer that preserving artistic legacies strengthens and supports the art form. As Project Manager for Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) she spent five years working with dance companies and independent artists around the country to assess, organize, and digitize their collections, and leading projects to process historical dance archives and create new online dance history and archiving resources. As Acting Executive Director of Dance Heritage Coalition, she oversaw the integration of DHC’s archiving and preservation programs into Dance/USA. 

Previously, she worked on oral history projects and video archives in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and on visual arts collections at the Brooklyn Museum and the Morgan Library & Museum. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a BA in English from Bryn Mawr College. 

Based in New York City, Imogen is the author of two books on film history, and writes for a variety of cinema and culture publications including Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Reverse Shot, and the Criterion Current. She is on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts, where she teaches film history, and is a regular speaker at film festivals and on the Criterion Channel.

Image description: A white woman with shoulder-length brown hair, wearing a sleeveless black top, looks directly at the camera, smiling slightly. In the background is a bookcase and a typewriter. 


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