Bard Faculty

Maria Quinlan Simpson

Professor of Dance; Director, Dance Program

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Dance

Academic Expertise: Dance

Area of Specialization: Performance and choreography


B.F.A., University of Massachusetts; M.F.A., University of Washington. Choreographer and dancer. Has choreographed and performed at the Joyce Theater, St. Mark’s Church, Joyce SoHo, Dia Center for the Arts, Henry Street Settlement, all in New York City; On the Boards, Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, Moore Theater, Seattle; Martha Hill Theater, Bennington, Vermont; Schaeffer Theater, Bates College; others. Assistant professor, Dance Program, University of Washington (1998–2004). Has been a member of the dance faculty at Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College, University of Washington. Taught at Bates Summer Dance Festival, Kaatsbaan International Dance Festival, Vassar College Summer Dance Workshop. Published in Impulse—The International Journal of Dance Education and Science. At Bard since 2004.


  • Research Interests: Modern dance performance; dance science and pedagogy
  • Teaching Interests: Ballet; modern dance; dance science—anatomy, biomechanics; composition; teaching methodologies


Phone: 845-758-7996
Location: Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Office: 185