Mary A. Chase
artist, educator, administrator
Mary is a Laban Movement Analyst and Bartenieff Fundamentals Practitioner holding an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and BFA from the University of Illinois. Known for her site-specific and solo work, her choreography and performances have been produced in nineteen states and internationally in Europe, Asia, and South America. As a choreographer, in the last twenty years, she has had over fifty works produced on stages large and small. From The Centro Cultural Miguel Ángel National Theatre of Guatemala or the Castle Schoenbrunn in Vienna to community performances at the Center for World Music outside of Ubud, Bali, at The National Steinbeck Center, in the Dance Barn in Wilton, New Hampshire, or recently at Chase Public in Cincinnati. Every place Mary has lived and worked has been an opportunity to grow towards cultural inclusion as a compassionate global citizen and artist. Currently, Mary is teaching for Coppin State University, Eastern University, and collaborating with Bone House North on a production of The People’s Project to premiere in May 2021.
Mary's dance-making process Adapt/Synthesize/Create has become a driving force. This process, in part, is motivated by Mary's experiences performing with acclaimed artists like Tandy Beal, Claire Porter, David Justin, Karl Schaffer, Josephine Garibaldi, Tara Rynders, and recently in Tampa Bay with Helen Hansen French and Lauren Slone. Having lived in the Middle East and traveled extensively to Muslim countries in 2013-2014, Mary’s study of bridging art-making with contemplative practice brought forth the June 2018 premiere of The Breath of the Compassionate, in New York City. This Movement Meditation aspires towards the work of the Charter for Compassion utilizing sacred geometry and an original gamelan score with video tessellations by composer Bill Alves.
Mary’s teaching, like her choreography, braids tradition with innovation. Since 2001, Mary has held teaching and administrative positions at Kansas State University, the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Peay State University, University of Tampa, American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive (Austin), worked as a teaching guest artist at Monterey Peninsula College and Denver Metro State University, directed the dance programs at McCallum Fine Arts Academy in Austin, TX and Merrill International School in Denver, Colorado and briefly served as the Executive Director of Joy of Motion Dance Center in Washington, DC.