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Mary Fitzgerald

Assoc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2002
Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2002
Biography

Associate Professor Mary Fitzgerald is a dance artist and educator whose creative work includes choreography, performance, and more recently, dance film. She was a member of Kei Takei’s Moving Earth for nearly ten years, performing and teaching internationally. She also has danced with A Ludwig Dance Theatre, Fred Darsow Dance, and several independent choreographers throughout the United States. Her creative work has been presented locally and internationally in theatres, museums, new media festivals, and outdoor spaces. She has received support from such organizations as the Ministry of Culture in Mexico, Japan Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts, ASU’s Institute of Humanities Research and Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts. Ms. Fitzgerald’s teaching and creative research centers on interdisciplinary art-making, contemporary movement practices and socially engaged arts.  She has received two Distinguished Teaching Awards from HIDA and nominations for ASU Professor of the Year in 2010 and 2013. From 1998-2007, she co-directed Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre (DART), the student community dance company. DART’s program excellence was recognized with the President’s Award for Social Embeddedness in 2004, and for a second time in 2007 as a partner to the ASU Art Museum. 

Education
  • M.F.A. Performance/Choreography, Arizona State University 1998
  • B.A. Interdisciplinary major: Dance, Zoology and Nutrition (Summa cum Laude), University of Maine 1984
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Spaces Between

"Spaces Between" Choreography: Mary Fitzgerald in collaboration with the dancers Performers: Sydney Jackson and Sharon McCaman Photo Credit: Nathan Balance
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Floating Chronologies

Mary Fitzgerald rehearsing for dance film, "Floating Chronologies." Photo Credit: Dmitri von Klein
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Flow States

"Flow States." Choreography: Mary Fitzgerald in collaboration with Jessica Rajko Performer: Jessica Rajko Sound and media: Casey Farina
Research Interests

 

  • Contemporary modern dance choreography and new media
  • Socially Engaged Arts
  • Somatic Practices

As a choreographer and somatics practitioner, Professor Fitzgerald has a keen interest in dance and new media and science/art collaborations.  In addition to creating intimate human portraits using the mediums of film and live choreography, she has collaborated with other artists and scientists on performance projects related to sensory experiences, neuroscience, and sustainability.  These have been presented in a range of venues, from conventional theatres to outdoor spaces.  Professor Fitzgerald also frequently joins forces with faculty from the School of Music on large ensemble dance and music events that have featured the works of new music composers Glenn Hackbarth, Wendy Mae Chambers, Iannis Xenakis and John Cage. 

In addition to choreography, Professor Fitzgerald's research agenda centers on socially engaged arts.  Since 1998 she has been involved in partnerships with numerous youth organizations in the Phoenix area, including the Silvestre Herrera School, the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley, the Pappas School, the Youth Development Institute, and South Mountain High School.  She has published several articles and a book chapter about socially engaged practices, issues related to dance and human rights, and the history of community dance in the United States.

Publications

 


Fitzgerald, M. Community to Classroom: Reflections on Community-Centered Pedagogy in 

Contemporary Modern Dance Technique, Journal of Dance Education, 17: 1-7, 2017.

Susan Bendix, Mary Fitzgerald and Harper Piver. Phoenix In Motion: A Dance for the Camera Project for Urban Youth. Journal of Dance Education (2011).

Mary Fitzgerald. Tracing Roots: Some Historical Highlights of Community Dance History in the United States (1960s-present). Animated (2010).

Mary Fitzgerald. Aesthetic Considerations in Community Dance: A Practitioner’s Perspective. The International Journal for the Arts in Society (2009).

Mary Fitzgerald. Community Dance – Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre as a Vehicle for Cultural Emancipation. Dance, Human Rights and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion (2008).

 

Research Activity

SELECTED INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL GRANTS (Please see CV for details)

HIDA Interdisciplinary Project Collaboration Grant, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, 2017-18 ($4500).  Supported the development of Vestiges, a new work created in collaboration with Eileen Standley (dancer/choreographer), Case Farina (media artist), and Dmitri von Klein (filmmaker).

Performing Arts Japan Collaborative Grant, Japan Foundation, 2016-17 ($10,000), Co-PI.  Grant for the development of a collaborative performance project, En with Professor Eileen Standley (Dance) and two Japanese artists.

Institute for Humanities Seed Grant, Arizona State University, 2016-17 ($8,843), PI.  Received in collaboration with Clinical Professor Eileen Standley (Dance) and Professor Rose Weitz (Women and Gender Studies) for Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project. 

HIDA Seed Grant, Herberger Institute for the Arts, 2016-17($7, 127.21), PI.  Collaboration with Clinical Professor Eileen Standley (Dance) and Professor Rose Weitz (Women and Gender Studies) for Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project.

HIDA Project Grant, Herberger Institute for the Arts, 2016-17 ($2000), PI.  Supported Enmei project.

HIDA Project Grant, 2016-17 ($3255), PI.  Supported creation of Floating Chronologies, a new dance film.

City of Tempe/ASU Partnership Grant, 2016-17 ($5000), PI. Served as a collaborator/mentor to graduate students Jamey Garner and Felix Cruz on the intergenerational dance project, Bridging the Divide: A Youth and Elders Creative Collaboration.  

HIDA Project Grant from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, 2010 ($3276), PI.  Supported creation of Flow States with dancer Jessica Mumford and video artist/composer Casey Farina.

Faculty Enrichment Grantf from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, 2010 ($4998), PI. Supported creation of a dance for camera piece, Hidden Spaces, with video artist Jessica Mumford and composer Julian Peterson.

Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Grant from the Herberger College of the Arts, 2007-08 ($4050), PI. Supported creation of a collaborative project, Habitats, with video artist, Arina Melkorvenova, and four dancers.  

Artist Projects Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts, 2006 ($5,000). 

Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Grantfrom the Herberger College of Fine Arts, 2005-06 ($10,970), PI.  Supported collaboration with Todd Ingalls, and Christian Ziegler on an interdisciplinary performance event entitled, Bodysense II.  

Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Grantfrom the Herberger College of Fine Arts, 2003-04 ($12,000), PI.  Supported collaboration with Todd Ingalls and Christian Ziegler on interdisciplinary performance piece entitled, Bodysense

Etheridge Woodson,Stephani*, Fitzgerald,Mary M. Our Town - City of Phoenix. CITY OF PHOENIX(2/13/2015 - 9/1/2016).

Johnson,Elizabeth*, Essig,Linda, Etheridge Woodson,Stephani, Fitzgerald,Mary M, Mook,Richard W. At Home in the Desert: Youth Engagement and Place. NEA(1/1/2012 - 3/31/2013).

Johnson,Elizabeth*, Dove,Simon, Etheridge Woodson,Stephani, Fitzgerald,Mary M. Light It Up: Optimizing Public Practice. (9/28/2011 - 10/28/2011).

Fitzgerald,Mary M*, Tsukayama,Jennifer L. Integrating Communities - A Mixed Ability Dance Project. Phx Office of Arts and Culture(12/1/2006 - 5/8/2007).

Fitzgerald,Mary M*, Tsukayama,Jennifer L. Crossing Borders. Phx Office of Arts and Culture(8/15/2005 - 4/30/2006).

Tsukayama,Jennifer L*, Fitzgerald,Mary M. Expanding Boundaries. Phx Office of Arts and Culture(9/1/2004 - 4/30/2005).

Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 484Internship
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 170First-Year Seminar I
DCE 360Third-Yr Creative Practices I
DCE 484Internship
DCE 493Honors Thesis
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 593Applied Project
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 170First-Year Seminar I
DCE 360Third-Yr Creative Practices I
DCE 484Internship
DCE 493Honors Thesis
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 598Special Topics
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 170First-Year Seminar I
DCE 2602nd-Yr Creative Practices I
DCE 360Third-Yr Creative Practices I
DCE 484Internship
DCE 493Honors Thesis
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 598Special Topics
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
Presentations
  • Mary Fitzgerald. Community to Classroom: Community-based Dance Pedagogy and Postmodern Contemporary Dance Technique. National Dance Education Conference (Oct 2013).
  • Mary Fitzgerald. Creative Practices in Dance Curriculums in Higher Education. World Dance Alliance Global Summit (Jul 2010).
  • Susan Bendix, Mary Fitzgerald and Harper Piver. Moving Shorts. World Dance Alliance Global Summit (Jul 2010).
  • Mary Fitzgerald. Aesthetic Considerations in Community Dance. World Dance Alliance Global Summit (Jul 2008).
  • Mary Fitzgerald. Community Dance - A Vehicle for Cultural Emancipation. Congress on Research and Dance: Dance and Human Rights (Nov 2005).
  • Mary Fitzgerald. Expanding the Boundaries of Art and Life: The Impact of a Community Dance Program on College Students. National Dance Education Organization (Mar 2005).
  • Mary Fitzgerald. Body Sense. International Symposium on Arts and Technology (Oct 2004).
  • Mary Fitzgerald. Expanding Boundaries. National Dance Education Organization (Mar 2001).
  • Mary Fitzgerald. Dance and Technology in the United States. Legends of China Dance Tour (Jun 2000).
  • Mary Fitzgerald. Modern Dance Technique and the Construction of Positive Female Body Image. Congress on Research in Dance (Oct 1997).
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