Joanna Rosenthal Read, choreographer, dancer, teacher and Artistic Director for Same Planet Different Performance Project (formerly Same Planet Different World), has been performing professionally and teaching dance since 1996. She received her B.F.A. in dance from the University of Iowa and was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa where she earned her M.F.A. in Choreography. Rosenthal has been on faculty at the Dance Center of Columbia College since 2004 and has taught at Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center. Roosevelt University, Joffrey Ballet Academy Chicago, Chicago Academy for the Arts. The company has had residencies Illinois State University, The University of Iowa, St. Paul’s School, The University of Minnesota Northwestern University and The University of Illinois.


Joanna has performed extensively in Chicago, dancing for 7 years with Mordine & Company Dance Theater, where she also served as director of the Mordine and Company’s Youth Dance Company and as Associate Artistic Director. She performed for 5 years with Lucky Plush Productions, as well as appearing with the Chicago Moving Company, Hedwig Dances and Kayle and Company. She has performed works by Faye Driscoll, Ashleigh Leite, Liz Burritt, Sam Watson, Shapiro and Smith Dance, Carrie Hanson, David Berkey, Rene Wadeleigh, and several other independent choreographers. Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun Times described Rosenthal’s dancing as “technically outstanding.” She was a 2012 3 Arts Nominee.


Her choreography has been widely praised by critics in Chicago as well as Minneapolis. Lucia Maura of the Chicago Tribune describes her choreographic work as “bold and exacting.” Her work Grey Noise, which won her an award from the Joyce Soho Foundation’s A.W.A.R.D Show! Chicago has been described by Minneapolis critic Camille Lefevre as, “a gripping work of astute intelligence and raw tension filtered through an economical movement vocabulary of barely controlled violence.” Lauren Werneke of See Chicago Dance describes Rosenthal’s work as” Thick and cushy movement vocabulary, beautifully composed structures, …. Read is ever-intentional about her choreographic choices.”


Joanna's work has been presented by The Dance Center of Columbia College-Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, The Wave Rising Festival-NY, The Joyce Soho-NY, Spring To Dance-Dance St. Louis, The University of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern University and Illinois State University



Joanna is also the owner of Dovetail Studios, a new dance space in Chicago.



Kate Kislingbury

Michael O'Neill

Christopher Knowlton

Michelle Giordanelli

Costumes-Vin Reed


David Berkey The University of Iowa and University of Arizona

Liz Burritt Formerly of Joe Goode Performance Group, San Francisco

Peter Carpenter Independent Artist, Chicago

Paige Cunningham Formerly of Merce Cunningham Dance Company, New York

Asimina Cremos Independent Artist, Chicago

Faye Driscoll Formerly of Doug Varone and Dancers, New York

Jan Erkert Former Artistic Director of Jan Erkert and Dancers, Chicago

Carl Flink Artistic Director Black Label Movement, Minneapolis

Ginger Farley Formerly of Hubbard Street and Artistic Director of the 58 Group, Chicago

Carrie Hanson Artistic Director of The Seldoms, Chicago

Colleen Halloran Independent Artist, Chicago

Jeffery Hancock Formerly of River North Chicago Dance Company, Chicago

Frederico Hewson, Formerly Same Planet Different World

Ashleigh Leite Formerly of Stephen Petronio Company, New York

Anna Simone Levin Independent Artist, Amsterdam

Jodi Lomask Artistic Director of Capacitor, San Francisco

Ron de Jesus Formerly of Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago

Shirley Mordine Artistic Director of Mordine and Company Dance Theatre, Chicago

Jason Ohlberg Formerly of SPDW, Hubbard Street and Jan Erkert and Dancers, Seattle

Katie Saifuku Formerly of SPDW

Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor

Daniel Shapiro and Joanie Smith Shapiro and Smith Dance, Minneapolis

Sam Watson Formerly of Watson Dance and Gus Giordano, Chicago

Zac Whittenburg Formerly of Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Canada

Robyn Mineko Williams Formerly of Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago

Eduardo Vilaro Former Artistic Director Luna Negra and Current Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanic

Netta Yerushalmy Formerly of Doug Varone and Dancers, New York



Catrina Franklin

Dennis Hammer

Shelby Kroeger

Marsha Palmer

Joanna Read

Nancy Stonis

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