Audrey Nicole Simes (b. 1990, Los Angeles, CA) directs multidisciplinary performances at the intersection of dance, theater, projection and installation art. The resulting works highlight her broad interests in family narrative and cultural memory, woman as subject matter, individual agency, technology, surveillance and social control, conspiracy and simple truths, resistance and stultification, militarization, and environmental disaster. Simes redefines the audience in her work, empathetically confronting viewers and facilitating their intimate engagement. She received a BFA from Webster University in a self-designed interdisciplinary concentration in performance art and attended American College Dance Festivals and the New York University Summer Dance Intensive. Her studio is in St. Louis, Missouri.

Simes is co-director of FloSTL, an emerging dance theater company and artist collective in St. Louis. Her independent works and performances have been showcased at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, the Grandel, Saint Louis International Film Festival, Regional Arts Commission, Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, Mad Art Gallery, Kranzberg Arts Center, Dancing in the Streets, Saint Lou Fringe, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Artica, and Copenhagen Artists in Residence. Simes’ work has been exhibited in concert with the Big Muddy Dance Company, Ashleyliane Dance Company, Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, and Leverage Dance Theater. Simes was selected as St. Louis Post Dispatch’s Arts and Theater Rising Star in 2016 for “Tributary,” which shed light on the nuclear waste contamination at Coldwater Creek in North St. Louis. 

Curriculum Vitae


BA in Performance Art, Webster University, Fall 2012

Self-Designed Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts Major in Performance Art integrating the Dance, Art, Music, and Media Communications Departments

Webster University Thailand, Summer 2011

Modern dance, Improvisation, and vocal performance teacher at Vic Hua Hin, Patravadi Theater Performing Arts School in Hua Hin, Thailand. Performed and choreographed two full-length concerts at the Vic Hua Hin Theatre.

New York University, Summer dance intensive 2009

Studied ballet, modern, choreography, and company repertory with Ron K. Brown, Gina Gibney, and Robert Battle

American College Dance Festival, 2009 and 2010



2019          National Dance Week, FloSTL "To Have and to Hold" - Costume design, performance direction, choreography; St. Louis, MO

2018          Artica, "Port of Entry" - Installation, site-specific performance, choreography; St. Louis, MO

2018          The Luminary, "Darker Gods in the Low-Hanging Heavens: Bloom of Eros" - Dance for camera, choreography; St. Louis, MO

2018          The Grandel, "Parallels" Ashleyliane Dance Company's Spring Concert, "Both Sides" - Choreography, direction, costume and sound design; St. Louis, MO

2018          The Kranzberg Arts Foundation, The Big Muddy Dance Company Trainee Showcase, "An Oddly Shaped Pearl, pt.3" - Choreography, direction, costume and                        sound design; St. Louis, MO

2018           FloSTL, "Host Table" - Director and performer; St. Louis, MO

2017           St. Louis Art Museum, SLAM Underground, "The Wheel" - Artistic Director, projection, and performance with Blank Generation; St. Louis, MO

2017           Artica, "An Oddly Shaped Pearl: Continuum" performed by the Big Muddy Dance Company Trainee Program - Choreography, costume design, and                                     performance; St. Louis, MO

2017           Artica, "The Wheel" - Live video mixing, projection, and performance with Blank Generation; St. Louis, MO

2017           Foam, "An Oddly Shaped Pearl: Intermission" - Performance and costume design; St. Louis, MO

2017           Kranzberg Arts Foundation, .ZACK, "An Oddly Shaped Pearl: Pt. 1" performed by the Big Muddy Dance Company Trainee Program - Choreography and                               costume design

2017           Jill A. McGuire Gallery, Regional Arts Commission, "R3CLAMATION: Beyond This Threshold" - Installation and performance; St. Louis, MO

2016           L.A. Dance Film Festival, "In the Pines" - Dance for Camera; Los Angeles, CA

2016           Hawn Gallery, Southern Methodist University, "Routes and Roots" - Performance and installation; Dallas, TX

2016           Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, “Inward Quest” - Performance, installation, and costuming; St. Louis, MO

2016           Murmuration Festival, Cortex Innovation Community - Performance and installation exhibition; St. Louis, MO

2016           Mad Art Gallery: St. Louis Reclamation Arts, “Do Not Rush” - Performance and installation exhibition; St. Louis, MO

2016           Touhill Performing Arts Center: Spring to Dance, “Tributary” -  Choreography, costume design and construction, and audio design. A world premiere                                    commissioned by Dance St. Louis; St. Louis, MO

2016           Nebula Co-working: “The Vessel” - Collaborative performance and visual art exhibition; St. Louis, MO

2016           Public Media Commons: “Shifted” - Dance for camera exhibition; St. Louis, MO

2016           St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase & St. Louis International Film Festival: “In the Pines” - Dance for camera; St. Louis, MO

2015           Duet Gallery: “Everything is Different” - Installation, costume design and construction, choreography; St. Louis, MO

2015           St. Louis International Film Festival: “The Gallows,” “Shifted,” and “In the Pines” - Original choreographic works, costumes, and short films exhibited in the                          dance-for-camera-specific showcase; St. Louis, MO

2015           SCREENGRAB6 International Media Arts Award: “Shifted” - Collaborative dance film exhibition; Townsville, Australia

2014           Tivoli Theatre: St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, “River Memories” and “Shifted” - Premiere of two collaborative dance for camera works; St. Louis, MO

2014           Duet Gallery: “Inter Alia” - Choreography, installation, vocal performance, and collaboration; St. Louis, MO

2014           Kranzberg Arts Center: St. Lou Fringe, “Landslide” - Film, projection, puppetry, and performance; St. Louis, MO

2013           Copenhagen Artist in Residence/St. Lou Fringe: “Pinhole in a Window Shade” - Experimental film installation, live-stream, performance art dialogue;                                    Copenhagen, Denmark

2013           Kranzberg Arts Center: “Sonoptic” - Multi-media performance exhibition; St. Louis, MO

2013           Touhill Performing Arts Center: New Dance Horizons II, “Encounters with the Infinite” - Costume design and construction; St. Louis, MO

2013           Centene Center for the Arts, Artica, RAWartists, and 2720 Cherokee: “Just Above the Floodline” - Performance director, choreographer, performer,                                      installation and costume designer; St. Louis, MO

2013           Centene Center for the Arts: “My Woman Your Woman” - Dance for camera video installation; St. Louis, MO

2013           Leverage Dance Theater: “Seen Unseen” - Site-specific choreographic and collaborative works; St. Louis, MO

2012           Contemporary Art Museum: “Anatomy is Destiny” - Performer; St. Louis, MO

2012           “7 Curses” - Collaborative, multi-media performance art work; St. Louis, MO

2012           Satori: “Viral.” - Video and sound trigger interactive installation; St. Louis, MO

Fellowships and Grants

2019          Regional Arts Commission Fellowship

2018          ARTICA artist honorarium

2017          Regional Arts Commission Artist Support Grant

2010-17     ARTICA artist honorarium

Publications and Reviews

Ladue News - Ten Aesthetic Grandees – and 20 Grand Each

St. Louis Post Dispatch - Rising Star: Choreographer Audrey Simes gets a boost at Big Muddy Dance Co.

St. Louis Public Radio - New dance addresses Coldwater Creek contamination

Integrating Art Forms with guest Audrey Simes | Dance Like Everyone’s Watching

Riverfront Times Combat the Fallout in Coldwater Creek, Victims and Neighbors Turn to Art — and Community

R3clamation: Routes and Roots - Hawn Gallery, SMU

Hyperallergic - After Museum Controversy, St. Louis Artists Focus on Community Building