Dance Program Welcomes Michaela Dwyer

Michaela Dwyer

The Dance Program welcomes Michaela Dwyer (she/her/hers) to the role of Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies. She joins the Program after three years as Community Engagement Coordinator between Duke Performances and Duke Arts, where she managed dance projects and devised artist-in-residence programs in collaboration with Durham-based artists, public educators, arts and culture workers, and university students, staff, and faculty.

She’s worked in various capacities in secondary and higher education over the past decade, having taught and mentored students and designed performing arts, documentary studies, and humanities curricula at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the North Carolina Governor’s School. Her work in arts programming and education is informed by and supports her work in criticism and editing, where she explores and interrogates links between artmaking, the body, and place through collaborations with movement artists, investigations in experimental publishing and archiving, and reportage for platforms like Indy Week. A Triangle, NC, native, she holds a M.A. in American Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she researched dance at Black Mountain College, and a B.A. in English, Art History, and Documentary Studies from Duke, where she found a creative home in the Dance Program.