Catherine Cabeen, MFA, is an artist and teacher. She directed her interdisciplinary performance company Hyphen from 2009-2019. As a choreographer, Cabeen has received commissions from On the Boards, Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle Art Museum, Gallery Galleon in Vieques PR, the Visa2Dance Festival in Dar Es Salaam, Alsarab Dance Company in Byblos Lebanon, and Texas Women’s University, among others. In 2011, the New York Times called the work of Cabeen's Hyphen, “highly kinetic, complex... visually exquisite,” and “beautifully performed.”
Cabeen was a finalist in The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Seattle: 2009. During the summer of 2011, she was Emerging Choreographer at Bates Dance Festival. Cabeen’s 2011 evening-length work Into the Void, commissioned by On the Boards in Seattle, was documented for On the Boards’ on-line performing arts library. The full work can be seen at ontheboards.tv. Hyphen's other evening-length works include: Fire! 2013 commissioned by On the Boards, Where They May 2013 commissioned by Seattle Art Museum, Framed 2014 commissioned by the Mahaney Art Center, Arts Triangle 2016 commissioned by Texas Women's University, and the self produced 2018 Give Me More.
In 2019, Cabeen shifted away from the company model in order to focus her energies on teaching as a form of activism. However, she still performs and creates, most visibly in Glitter in the Gutter, a two-woman comedy show, regularly performed, and continuously developed and revised, with her rhinestone encrusted collaborator, Kristina Berger.
Cabeen has received support for her choreographic work from the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4 Culture, The Washington State Arts Commission, the National Performing Network Creation Fund, The Bernstein Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and generous individual donors.
Cabeen is a former member of the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1997-2005), and was Jones’ Assistant Choreographer on the original production of Spring Awakening at the Atlantic Theater. She is also a former member of the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Richard Move’s MoveOpolis!, among others. In Seattle, where Cabeen was based from 2006-12, she performed in her own work and as a guest artist with Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater.
Cabeen is currently an Associate Professor of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) and a repetiteur for the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Cabeen is also a certified yoga instructor with OM yoga. She has been on the faculties of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Cornish College, University of Washington, and Middlebury College.
In her time at MMC, Cabeen has created three new courses for the college; one that looks at gender representation in 20th century dance history, one that celebrates and explores American dance history through the lens of race/racism/anti-racism, and one that focuses on the somatic experience of participating in Social Justice Movements. Cabeen has been an active member of the college’s Action Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, since its inception in 2017. In addition to teaching at MMC’s main upper East Side campus, Cabeen teaches at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison for women, through MMC’s prison education program.