In addition to the diverse talents and expertise of our faculty and staff, the Department of Theater & Dance augments the educational experience with an exciting array of professional guest artists.

Malik Nashad Sharpe

Malik Nashad Sharpe/marikiscrycrycry is a choreographer based between New York City and London. His work colludes the complex ontologies of Blackness and Queerness alongside deepened choreographic and aesthetic research. He graduated with highest honours in Experimental Dance from Williams College, and holds a Diploma in Contemporary Dance from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance in London, where he was awarded the Simone Michele Award for Extraordinary Choreographic Achievement. His work has been presented widely, at venues including Panoply Performance Laboratory (USA), FiveMyles Gallery (USA), Theatre Utopia (UK), Rich Mix (UK), Bushwick Open Studios (USA), AKC Medika (HR), CLOUD at Danslab (NL), Brooklyn Arts Exchange (USA), ShuaSpace (USA), Hackney Showroom (UK), Secret Project Robot Art Experiment (USA), Otion Front Studio (USA) amongst many others, and he has worked with esteemed choreographers including Hana van der Kolk (USA/NL), Cynthia Oliver (USA), Joshua Biset/ShuaGroup (USA), Ingrid Nachstern (IE), and others. He has taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Otion Front Studio, and is currently on faculty at Gibney Dance Center. His newest solo work SAD KING will premiere in NYC in November 2016, in London in January 2017, in Oslo in February 2017, and in Zagreb in March 2017. Malik is currently an artist-in-residence at London’s Hackney Showroom and a 2016 FIERCE Fwd Artist.

 

Marjorie Gallant

Marjorie Gallant is a graduate of Georgia College & State University. A long way from home, Marjorie came to Maine by way of Portland Stage where, during an eight year period she stage-managed over twenty productions, including six seasons of A Christmas Carol. In addition to her work at Portland Stage, Marjorie has spent eight seasons at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. During the course of her professional career, Marjorie has deftly handled everything from one person shows to large musicals, gallons of real rain to gallons of fake blood, large casts of children and livestock, and the challenge of flying actors safely. In addition to Colby College, she has taught stage management workshops at Portland Players and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Currently, she works at Portland Stage as the Development Associate/Intern Coordinator. Marjorie is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union for professional actors and stage managers.

 

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