Yo-EL A. Cassell


Assistant Professor, Movement; Co-Chair, Dance Minors; Faculty Mentor, Theatre Minors


BFA, Boston Conservatory
Certificate of Completion, The American Mime Theatre


CFA Room 469


A recipient of the Lotte Kaliski Award for Gifted Artists, Yo-EL Cassell was born in Schenectady, NY with a nerve deafness and discovered as a youngster that movement was his authentic expressive channel for his personal and creative identity. Instead of his hearing loss getting in the way, he aimed to allow the loss to gratefully show him the way of physically responding to all of the five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell) of human life. His mission, as a performer, director, choreographer, movement director, educator, mentor, and human being, is to provide the same accessible physical entry point to other’s inner selves that he supportively received as a child and throughout life–imprinting the idea that each individual’s body is the solution .

Cassell is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Thought Leadership fellowship, Silo Guest Artist Residency fellowship, Summer Stages Dance fellowship, the Jan Veen Scholarship, an IRNE Award Nomination for Choreography and a New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Creative City Community Partner grant. He is a proud member of SDC.

For more on Yo-EL, please visit: yo-el.squarespace.com

For more insight into Yo-EL’s thought process, please read the following:

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