Maura Nguyen Donohue
Curator, Dance Workshop
Maura Nguyen Donohue is Associate Professor of Dance and Faculty Associate for Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College/CUNY. As a member of La MaMa’s Great Jones Repertory Company since 1997, she has toured the US, Europe and Asia in productions by Italian directors Motus (“Panorama”), Croatian director Ivica Buljian (“Pylade”), Ping Chong (“Angels of Swedenborg”) and Andrei Serbhan/Elizabeth Swados’s “Trojan Women,” “Electra,” and “Medea.” Since 1995, her company MND/inmixedcompany was commissioned and produced regularly in NYC at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, Danspace Project and La MaMa, ETC. and toured extensively across the US and to Canada, Europe and Asia. She served on the Board of Directors for Movement Research, the Congress on Research in Dance and Dance Theater Workshop and as Co-Chair of the Small Capacity and Breaking Boundaries subcommittees of The New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies) Committee. She has written for Culturebot, American Theater Journal, Dance Magazine, the Dance Insider, MR’s Performance Journal and was guest editor for Critical Correspondence’s “University Project.” She has published academically in the collection Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance and for the Women and Performance Journal. She co-curates the Estrogenius Festival, a celebration of works by women and gender non-conforming artists. She holds both a BA in Anthropology and Dance (‘92) and an MFA in Dance (‘08) from Smith College. She grudgingly held a light for the very first performance of the post-Covid-NYC-on-pause La MaMa CultureHub Downtown Variety show, when her partner Perry Yung and son Jet (14) streamed live music from her bedroom, but she recently built an underground club in a basement and performed a new work in progress, “Medusa 126.96.36.199” for Downtown Variety 6 with son Sasa (16) blasting some nice synth beats. She cannot express fully how profoundly grateful she is to every single student who continues to come to school, dance in confinement but create without limits.
Director of Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program
Kathleen Isaac (MA, RDE) is the Director of the Arnhold Dance Education Program at CUNY Hunter College, where she is Dance edTPA coordinator for the School of Education and an ACERT Faculty Fellow for 2019-2020. She has presented models for the inclusion of digital devises in dance teaching practice at Hunter College through ACERT (Academic Excellence in Research and Technology), presenting seminars on Preparing Students for Jobs and Careers, Teaching for Civic Engagement and Contemplative Pedagogy . She is on the editorial board of the Dance Education In Practice journal and contributed to a case study, Confronting Urban Phobias with Elizabeth McPherson, released by McFarland Publishers in 2020 in Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education – Case Studies on Humanizing Dance Pedagogy. She authored and provided training in Revelations – An Interdisciplinary Approach for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, now in its 21st year of implementation. She received a BA in Dance at SUNY Brockport, an MA in Dance from New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and is currently an inaugural member of the TC Columbia Doctorate in Dance Education Program where her research is on focused on the inculcation of joy in developing dance pedagogical and andragogical learning environments.
Carol K. Walker
In August 2017 Walker was appointed Chair of the Hunter College, CUNY, Dance Department, the only freestanding dance department in the CUNY system. It is an honor to be here where we are proud to have multiple programs for differing populations: A BA Degree, a minor, a BA Ed, an accelerated 5-year BA/MA Degree, the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education MA Degree in pre-K – 12 Teacher Certification Degree and the newly initiated MFA Degree for returning professionals. It’s wonderful! And in the heart of NYC.
Walker is Dean Emeritus at Purchase College School of the Arts, NY, founded Carol K Walker Global Dance LLC in 2012 and continues her international focus as a consultant, guest speaker/professor, adjudicator and producer world-wide. She is sought after as a member of national and international programs and curriculum validation teams. As Dean of Dance and Dean of the School of the Arts at Purchase College, State University of New York, she had a distinguished international career that carried her to Europe, Australia and Asia. She has presented Keynote Speeches at the Hong Kong Academy of the Arts, Singapore Ministry of Education, Beijing Dance Academy, Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, World Forum for Higher Professional Art Education and in Nanjing, China Internationalization of Higher Education Conference among others.
As artistic director of the renowned Purchase Dance Corps for 23 years Walker toured them, often as the sole invited company from the USA, to Beijing, Taiwan, Holland, France, Hong Kong and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Alumni from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance perform world-wide in prestigious modern and ballet companies, have formed their own companies, are free-lance choreographers and perform on Broadway. She has been an adjudicator of major international competitions, festivals, programs and challenges worldwide including the notable Eisteddfod in Sydney, AU. Ms. Walker established student exchange programs, degree completion programs and visiting scholar programs for Purchase College with institutions and colleagues throughout the world. She sponsored 9 distinguished Beijing Dance Academy Visiting Scholars in Residence at the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance and through Carol K. Walker Global Dance continues to coordinate and sponsor Visiting Scholars in the USA.
She was invited to be on the NYSCA panel twice, served on the Fulbright Panel for Dance in the USA, was a longtime member of National Association of Schools for Dance and often a presenter at the conferences. Walker proudly served on the Doug Varone and Dancers Board of Directors for 10 years as treasurer, Chair and member at large.
In 2013 Walker was invited to be the only judge from the USA on an international panel for the Super Dancer Born Tonight Competition ‘Dance Off’ between Chinese and American stars of “So You Think You Can Dance” in Las Vegas. In November ’14 she was a judge for three events of the Chinese SYTYCD held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. All performances were aired nationally in China on CCTV1. Support the Arts!