PS MA Alum, Melissa West, Discusses Her Work on the Abun(dance) Podcast

Thursday, Feb 1, 2024


PS Alum Melissa West (MA '14) by Anjola Toro

PS Alum Melissa West (MA '14) recently sat down with Abun(dance), a podcast on dance, to chat about her work as a dance artist, curator, and community organizer on Staten Island. West creates dance work that explores the tensions between space, place, and the self, while her curatorial focus is on site-based projects in non-traditional venues.

Melissa West is the Director & Senior Curator of the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor. West is also a recent recipient of the inaugural Mertz Gilmore Dance Research Grant through Staten Island Arts (2023) and is creating new work with the Wagner College dance department. She is also a Culture Push fellow in Utopian Practice with collaborator, Jahtiek Long (2023). You can learn more about her work at


Melissa West by Lance Reha