Phoebe Legere is an Acadian-Abenaki performance artist, author, multi-instrumentalist, artist, and community organizer.

She is a Juilliard-trained composer who underlines her philosophical and social message with music, text, movement, image, and dance.

Legere began her career as Resident Composer at the Wooster Group where she learned acting, movement, speech, improvisation and experimental, environmental theater with Willem Defoe , Richard Schecner, Victor Turner, Ron Vawter and Spaulding Grey.

 

Phoebe Legere  has had numerous academic appointments including Resident Artist at the School of Visual Arts where, in 2003, she invented a musical instrument, the Sneakers of Samothrace, a wearable computer for disabled children.

 

"At SVA I learned about installation art from Perry Hoberman. SVA taught me how to program computers and build circuits. I loved it!" 

 

As a teenager Phoebe Legere sang with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and debuted at Carnegie Hall. Now she plays with classical ensembles all over the world.

She wrote an epic poem called The Waterclown about water issues and water rights. She sang the poem with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony(Ed London, conductor). Legeres work,(with music co-composed by Morgan Powell) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2001.

 

Legere received an NYSCA (New York State Council of the Arts) grant to write The Queen of New England, an experimental multimedia opera about the Massachusetts Native American Holocaust. The opera, produced by Roulette Intermedium in 2002, featured eleven Native Americans and four classical musicians.

In 2004, Legere revived her 1992 political play with music: Hello Mme. President about the first female President of Color. The original cast included Rock n Roll Hall of Fame great, LaVerne Baker, with Phoebe Legere playing the First Partner.