Jennifer Owen is the Artistic Director of Owen/Cox Dance Group, an ensemble she co-founded with composer Brad Cox in 2007. She has choreographed over fifty new works for Owen/Cox Dance Group, including commissions for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Newport Contemporary Ballet, Kansas City Dance Festival, Kansas City Baroque Consortium, and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. Jennifer is the recipient of a 2000 Princess Grace Honorarium. Prior to founding Owen/Cox Dance Group, Jennifer enjoyed a 13-year international ballet career. After training with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, School of American Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, she went on to dance with the Russian State Ballet, Moscow Renaissance Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, BalletMet, and was a guest artist with the National Ballet of Turkmenistan. Through her work with Owen/Cox Dance Group, Jennifer remains committed to strengthening global ties through international artistic partnerships. Owen/Cox Dance Group was awarded a U.S. State Department Public Diplomacy Grant to Ukraine in 2020.
For Jennifer, the IRC matters because it promotes learning, curiosity, dialogue, and greater understanding and compassion in our global society.