Mary A. Chase

Adjunct Faculty, Dance

Mary is a Laban Movement Analyst and Bartenieff Fundamentals Practitioner holding an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and BFA from the University of Illinois. Known for her site-specific and solo work, her choreography and performances have been produced in nineteen states and internationally in Europe, Asia, and South America. As a choreographer, in the last twenty years, she has had over fifty works produced on stages large and small. From The Centro Cultural Miguel Ángel National Theatre of Guatemala or the Castle Schoenbrunn in Vienna to community performances at the Center for World Music outside of Ubud, Bali, at The National Steinbeck Center, in the Dance Barn in Wilton, New Hampshire, or recently at Chase Public in Cincinnati. Every place Mary has lived and worked has been an opportunity to grow towards cultural inclusion as a compassionate global citizen and artist. Currently, Mary lives in Washington, DC, is teaching for Eastern University (PA) and Coppin State University (MD), and is collaborating with Bone House North on the DC production of The People’s Project to premiere in Spring of 2021.

Mary’s teaching, like her choreography, braids tradition with innovation. Since 2001, Mary has held teaching and administrative positions at Kansas State University, University of Texas at Austin, Austin Peay State University, University of Tampa, American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive (Austin), directed the dance programs at McCallum Fine Arts Academy in Austin, TX and Merrill International School in Denver, Colorado and briefly served as the Executive Director of Joy of Motion Dance Center in Washington, DC.