Shin, Reid + Britten
CLOSE QUARTERS: EPISODE 13
Originally from central Massachusetts, Layne Paradis Willis is a queer identifying artist who has been performing as a resident in the award winning off- Broadway show Sleep No More at the Mickittrick Hotel in Chelsea, NY since 2018.
While performing full-time, Layne has maintained a role in Nadine Bommer Dance Company working out of both New York City and Israel. As a traveling freelance artist who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Roger Williams University under the Judge Thomas J. Paolino Theatre/Arts Scholarship, she was able to work with a variety of artists while training under Cathy Nicoli. Layne researched physical theatre and movement studies in London, England under Donna Meierdiercks and Katie Lusby at The Place.
She has had the pleasure of performing both live and commercial work by Punchdrunk, Amy Gardner, Netta Yerushalmy, Kayla Farrish, Christina Robson, Shawn Ahern, KJ Holmes, Alexander Davis Dance, Tiffany Mills, Hilary Easton, Urbanity Dance Company and the Bang Group.
As a creator, Layne has presented work in Boston, MA where her choreography was adjudicated by the American College Dance Association. While establishing the connection between the architecture of the human body and the structure of the space surrounding us, Layne is interested in being apart of work that tackles societal conversions, is queer representation, and communicates a narrative through improvisational forms and installation. She has taught dance theatre workshops in New York City, Isreal, Rhode Island and Boston. Her print work can be found in Vogue Magazine, Vogue Italia, Flaunt Magazine, Mob Journal, Beyond All Magazine, Theme Magazine and more.