Maura M. Keefe


Member, NASD Committee on Nominations
Elected September 2018, term ends September 2021

Maura Keefe is the Dorothy G. Madden Professor in Dance and Associate Director for the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches dance history and theory and choreography.  As a contemporary dance historian, she is a scholar-in-residence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, where she writes about, lectures on, and interviews artists from around the world. Her writing for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive has created an opportunity to explore the intersections of dance scholarship and digital humanities. Professor Keefe has also given lectures and led audience programs nationally at places such New York Live Arts, the Joyce Theatre, and New York’s City Center, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Princeton University, UCLA, the Goethe Institut (Los Angeles), and internationally for the Festival Internacional Danza Extremadura in Monterrey, Mexico.

Professor Keefe has served on the board for the Congress on Research on Dance (CORD), as a dance panelist for the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA), and as chair for the Department of Dance at the College at Brockport, State University of New York.

Professor Keefe holds a Ph.D. in dance history and theory from the University of California, Riverside and a Master of Fine Arts in choreography and performance from Smith College.

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Updated August 2019