Megan Mizanty (Assistant Director, Master of Fine Arts/Assistant Professor, Dance) is the artistic director of MizantyMoves Dance Works. Her work bridges live sound with movement, entangling these disciplines with collaboration at its heart. She has danced professionally with companies in New York and Philadelphia, including Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre, Improbable Stage Productions, LINKED dancetheatre and toured with Matthew Frazier-Smith Dance, among others. She received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College, and an MFA in choreography and performance from Temple University. Megan served four semesters as an undergraduate instructor at Temple University, as well as a communications specialist with Koresh Dance Company. She was a Stanley J. Wertheimer Fellow at Mark Morris Dance Center, where she was certified as a Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Instructor. Megan is currently a Dance in Leadership Scholarship recipient from Dance/USA, awarded by the Andew Mellon Foundation. She had taught and served as a resident choreographer at Susquehanna University, Lycoming College and Marywood University.
At Wilson, Megan instructs the dance technique courses, lecture courses and advises Orchesis, the Dance Ensemble of over 50 years on campus. Megan's favorite part of teaching at Wilson is the one-on-one mentoring possibilities with dance minors, enabling significant artistic and intellectual growth of students throughout their undergraduate careers. She also enjoys opportunities to choreograph on Orchesis members each semester for their bi-annual performances. She works to give students the broadest opportunities possible in dance, including inviting guest dance companies to campus, facilitating fieldtrips to NYC and Philadelphia for dance minors, and encouraging independent projects in fine arts for students at Wilson and beyond.