Department of Theatre & Dance Staff
- Assistant Professor
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office: GWH 214
- Phone Number: 270-883-9589
- Website: http://www.meghenmckinley.weebly.com
- Teaching Areas Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Dance in Culture, Choreography, Improvisation
Meghen McKinley is a modern dancer, choreographer, and educator. A native of Illinois, Meghen is currently teaching and choreographing within the local community with solo and group collaborations. She is an Assistant Professor in Dance at Western Kentucky University, where she teaches all levels of Modern, Choreography, Improvisation, and Dance in Culture, in addition to Ballet and Jazz Technique.
Professional choreography and performances include: Drive, Inside These Walls, ID - Moving Collective: Louisville, KY; Champaign Arts Salon: Champaign, IL; Zodiaque Dance Company: State University of New York at Buffalo; From Dusk to Dawn - Anderson University: Anderson, IN; collaborative choreography, Locus of Control with Kylene Stephens - Motus Dance Company: Indianapolis, IN; and collaborative skype choreography, Wreckage - with Teal Darkenwald at East Carolina University. She has performed with Germaul Barnes' Dance 4U Project/Black Bones at 92nd Street Y; NYC, Dance Martha Dance! Bernier Dance, DeXDance Contemporary Dance Company, The Hatch, Greenspace, Dancers Responding to Aids - St. Marks Church; NYC, and Orlando Fringe Festival.
She is co-director of Convergence Dance Theatre in Honolulu, HI where the company presents annual concerts in addition to performance work at the Honolulu Art Museum, First Fridays, MicroFest Honolulu, Honolulu Book Fest, Puja, and Oahu Fringe Festival. She also serves on the board for the non-profit organization, Collaborative Dance Foundation. CDF works to promote dancers and artists in the local community. Meghen has presented research and choreography at regional American College Dance Association; Baja Region, Central Region, and Southern Region, as well as at the Asian Pacific Dance Festival.
She continues to pursue her research interest in exploring the Relationship Between Media and Dance on the Performance Stage. Current dance films include; All Around Us - a multi-regional dance film, Inside These Walls, x1, and Variables. Research and movement investigation and analysis continues through master classes in Integrated Movement Systems. Meghen received her BFA in dance from SUNY Buffalo and her MFA in performance and choreography from The University of Hawaii at Mānoa.