Martie Fellom, professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Southeastern Louisiana University, received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University in 1985. While at NYU, she was a Shubert Fellow working at Shubert Archives, and she studied dance criticism and history with Deborah Jowitt and Marcia B. Siegel.
2016-2017 begins Dr. Fellom's 32st year on faculty at Southeastern.
Dr. Fellom has held the title Woman's Hospital Endowed Professor in Humanities and presented Distinguished Professor lectures in 2011 and 2012: “The Last Dance,” dances dealing with death and dying and “Can You See My Voice?,” dances with a political agenda. From 2008-2010, she held the title Music and Dramatic Arts Endowed Professor in Humanities. For Fanfare 2011 Dr. Fellom produced and directed a new version of "The Firebird", written by Alan Marsh, Department of English at Southeastern.
In 2014 Dr. Fellom created a work for the National Water Dance Project. The work
premiered at Southeastern’s Katrina Memorial Fountain at 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 12, simultaneously with 80 universities, schools, and dance companies from 26 States
across the nation. Scroll down the page to view video at the following link; Southeastern
Louisiana University can intermittently be seen in the streaming video entitled National Water Dance 2014 - #2: http://se.nationalwaterdance.org/pages/the2014event; also available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpM31gBBEaU
Most recently, she has developed two online history courses: History and Survey of Dance and Dance on Camera. Currently she is studying and working in the area of Dance for the Camera and attended the Advanced Video Dance workshop with Douglas Rosenberg in 2002.
"The Firefly Club," her video short with Mr. Marsh received the 2007 Gold Remi Award in Dramatic Shorts and 2007 Gold Remi Award in Family/Children Films at Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. Her video short, "An Act of Bravery", received the 2005 National Telly Award, 2005 Aurora Award, 2004 Gold Remi in Performance Arts for Film and Video Production from Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. "An Act of Bravery" was also selected for presentation at the first 2005 Louisiana Dance Festival in Baton Rouge. An Act of Bravery is available for viewing on the Southeastern's Department of Teaching and Learning webpage entitled Stewards of children: http://www.southeastern.edu/acad_research/depts/teach_lrn/programs/stewards_of_children.html
"Wild Kingdom," her video short with Mr. Marsh and Mr. Claude A. Levet was selected for screening at the 2004 Longbaugh Film Festival in Portland, Oregon and the 2004 Flint Film Festival in Flint, Michigan. "Wish," another video short with Mr. Marsh and Mr. Levet, received two awards: 2002 Gold Remi in Experimental Films at Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival and the 2002 Silver Award in Experimental Films at Crested Butte International Reel Fest.
Dr. Fellom has been on the Board of Directors for the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) for two terms. She was the 1998 recipient of the Dance Award presented by the Hammond Regional Arts Center and co-recipient with Fellom Ballet in 2000. She received the President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity at SLU in 1995 and was the recipient of the 1993-94 Louisiana Dance Educator of the Year Award presented by the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (LAHPERD).
She toured with Ann Corio's This Was Burlesque and has performed with Moving South, New Orleans Dance, and Southeast Dance Ensemble, and in 1994 her choreography was nominated for a Big Easy Award in New Orleans. In 1993 her work was selected for performance at the Gala Concert for ACDFA, the Contemporary Arts Center in 1988, 1992, 1994, and 1995, and Showcase 1997 at Roussel Hall in New Orleans.
Her work has been seen on Cox Cable in New Orleans for the 1992 Louisiana Jazz Composer Series. She performed as the center dancer in a 1989 reconstruction of Ruth St. Denis's and Doris Humphrey's 1920 Soaring.
Dr. Fellom was the South Central Regional Coordinator for the 2000 and 1992 American College Dance Festival and has taught master classes for eighteen years for ACDFA. She studied ballet with Lelia Haller and Valerie Smith in New Orleans and Modern Dance with Bertram Ross in New York City.
Throughout the years she has taken workshops and master classes with Merce Cunningham, Charles Weidman, Erik Hawkins, Bella Lewitsky, Mark Morris, Moses Pendleton, Ralph Lemon, Finis Jhung, David Howard, Gus Solomons, Jr., Ruth Currier, Pearl Lang, Annabelle Gamson, and Jennifer Muller. She also teaches at Fellom Ballet School in Hammond.
Dr. Martie Fellom
Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, LA 70402