Renée Wadleigh, professor and MFA thesis advisor, was a New York City-based dancer, choreographer, and teacher for 30 years before she was hired at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991. Wadleigh received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for choreography in 1985, 1986, and 1988 while in New York and from the Illinois Arts Council in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 plus a finalist award in 2005. She has created 43 new works at the U of I since 1992 and has created or set dances on university and professional companies across the United States and abroad. In 2011, Wadleigh was invited to develop a new evening-length work for performance at the International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Quito, Ecuador, where she also delivered three public lectures on contemporary dance in the United States. In 2013, her work Seven Scenes of Wanting was invited to be performed at the LaMaMa Moves Festival in New York City. In 2014, Wadleigh built an installation called Day-Streams featuring 60 current full-length dance works on video by 52 world-class choreographers from her personal collection as part of Krannert Art Museum's monthlong OPENSTUDIO. She also delivered a 90-minute public lecture called "The Intersection of Dance and the Visual Arts." In April 2012, Wadleigh was honored on stage at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater in New York City, along with the four other original cast members of the Paul Taylor Dance Company's Aureole, during a special gala evening and performance celebrating the work's 50th year, and in March 2014, she performed Taylor's From Sea to Shining Sea with other alumni as part of the Taylor Company's 60th year celebration also held at the Koch Theater in New York City.