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Megan Nicely

PhD '12, MA '05

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Choreographer and scholar Megan Nicely is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of San Francisco, whose program focuses on the performing arts and social change. She earned her PhD in performance studies at New York University and her MFA in dance from Mills College. Her artistic work has been presented in the US, UK, and Europe, and she has published in TDR, Performance Research, PAJ, and Contact Quarterly. Her practice and research focus on the intersections of American and Japanese experimental dance and philosophy. Currently, she is developing Breath Catalogue, a practice-based research project with Kate Elswit that combines choreography and medical technology to externalize breath as experience. She is also the co-editor of the Critical Acts section of TDR: The Drama Review.


New York University

PhD - Performance Studies

New York, New York


New York University

Master of Arts - Performance Studies

New York, New York


Mills College

Master of Fine Arts - Dance

Oakland, California


Reed College

Bachelor of Arts - Art History

Portland, Oregon