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Melanie George: Educator, Choreographer, Dramaturg, Scholar

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Arts Speakers Series

We continue our Arts Speakers Series with educator, choreographer, dramaturg and scholar, Melanie George who will present, "Blue Notes: Considering the State of the Arts through Jazz and Dramaturgy."

The speakers series is free but pre-registration is required via Once registered you will receive a secure link to the event. 

Melanie George

Melanie George is an educator, dramaturg, choreographer, and scholar. She is the founder of "Jazz Is… Dance Project" and an associate curator and scholar-in-residence at Jacob’s Pillow. As a dramaturg, she has contributed to projects by Urban Bush Women, Raja Feather Kelly, Susan Marshall & Company, and Ephrat Asherie Dance, among others.

A highly sought after teacher and choreographer of the neo-jazz aesthetic, Melanie is a featured contributor and consultant for the documentary UpRooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance. Publications include “Jazz Dance, Pop Culture, and the Music Video Era” in Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches (University Press of Florida) and “Imbed/In Bed: Two Perspectives on Dance and Collaboration” for Working Together in Qualitative Research (Sense Publishers).

Melanie also works as an arts consultant, applying her expertise in scholarship and education to assist artists and arts organizations in articulating language and facilitating the development of creative work. In addition to her work with independent choreographers and dance educators, Melanie has provided professional services to The Joyce Theatre, The Guggenheim Museum, and BAM, among others. She is the former director of the dance program at American University and has held teaching positions at Kent State University and Wilson College. Currently, she is a Visiting Professor at Cornish College of Arts in Seattle, Washington.

Arts Speakers Series

Guests will speak on a range of topics including arts and identity, arts and social justice, arts and healing, and arts in the time of a pandemic. 

  • September 23: Enzo Silon Surin
  • October 14: Melanie George
  • October 28: Ashleigh Gordon
  • November 18: Christopher Edwards
  • December 2: Vijay Gupta

*Melanie George photo - [R]evolution Is Uncomfortable - JD Urban

When 8:15pm
Karen A Gahagan

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