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Mary Grace Sullivan

Mary Grace Sullivan is a second year MFA Dance student at University of Buffalo. This past year, Mary has choreographed several works for various venues. Feedback Loop: Art Practices in Constrain, site specific evening length piece she conceived and directed but made in collaboration with dancers, musicians, and media artists. She set an original piece on eight undergraduate dancers titled, “Melody in our memories of night” as well as performed two duets and one trio that she co-choreographed with her fellow graduate students. As an artist, she is dedicated to practicing improvisation and collaboration while building a new work and performing. Her theoretical foundations for moving and being moved through performance is indebted to Deborah Hay with whom she had the pleasure of working with this past Spring in Austin, TX. She is the recipient of the 2018 Morris Arts Scholarship which heavily funded her Deborah Hay project. Mary has a phenomenological lens on her research as an emerging scholar, focusing on different theories of spatio-temporality and affect. She was invited to present on her paper “Choreography in Confinement: A Cartography of Harriet Jacobs” in the Emerging Scholars panel at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference this past summer. Mary is also a Core Dynamics Pilates teacher in-training.