Rhea Speights is an artist and teacher, working primarily in dance and video. Her work has been presented in backyards, galleries, and theatre spaces across the United States, as well as in Colombia and New Zealand, with support from the Puffin Foundation, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. Rhea has taught at the University of Alabama, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and various other institutions, festivals, and art centers.
She performed and choreographed with Sanspointe Dance Company in Birmingham, Alabama, for almost ten years and served as artistic director from 2011-2013. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in Telecommunication and Film from the University of Alabama. Rhea's creative practice is influenced by her experience studying and creating with artists she admires including Jennifer Monson, Jessie Young, Angelica Soledad, and Niall Jones. In making her work, Rhea uses ballet and contemporary dance forms, video, film theory, and her desire to fully integrate the imagination with the body.