Kaneza Schaal is a New York City-based artist. She came up in the downtown experimental theater community, first working with The Wooster Group, then with other companies and artists including Elevator Repair Service, Richard Maxwell/New York City Players, Dean Moss, Claude Wampler, Jay Scheib, Jim Findlay, New York City Opera, and National Public Radio. This work brought her to over 18 countries and venues including Centre Pompidou, Royal Lyceum Theater Edinburgh, REDCAT, The Whitney Museum, BAM, The Kitchen, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and MoMA.
Schaal received a 2016 Creative Capital Award to develop her next work JACK&JILL, a multimedia comedy of errors that draws on social codes and trainings: from prison re-entry programs to debutante balls. Her previous piece, GO FORTH, was commissioned by Performance Space 122 with support from the Jerome Foundation 50th Anniversary Grant; it was presented at PS122’s COIL Festival, the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali, Rwanda, LMCC’s River-to-River Festival, and her alma mater Wesleyan University, CT. Schaal was an Artist-in-Residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and received a 2014 Princess Grace Award grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space residency, Bogliasco Fellowship, Nathan Cummings Foundation grant, Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, and Princess Grace George C. Wolfe Award. She was a member of Kara Walker’s 6-8 Months Space and her video work appeared in Visionaire.