dance artist, educator, advocate, scholar
Meghan Durham Wall is a dance artist, educator, advocate, and scholar. She is passionate about the various forms of human expression, Meghan’s creative research focuses on “the unexpected dancing body,” advocating for underrepresented bodies in the field. She also has experience working in non-profit early intervention and mental health sectors. Meghan lives, works, creates, plays, struggles, and learns on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded lands of the Ute, Goshute, and Shoshone peoples. She acknowledges that she unjustly benefits from the history of unpaid labor of enslaved people from Africa that shaped this country's economy and culture.
Meghan’s creative investigations explore the unexpected dancing body and representation of difference in the movement arts. She embeds interdisciplinary inquiry within dance choreography and performance, however the human body and experience remain at the foreground of her work. Meghan’s creative work as an independent choreographer and performer has been supported by the Philadelphia Foundation, the nEW Festival, Dance Advance’s artists’ exchange in Singapore (administered by the Pew Charitable Trust), the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Painted Bride Art Center, and Salty Creative, among others. Her past Double/Take Project, performed with artistic partner Karl Rogers, explored legibility of different bodies through the duet form with commissions by renowned choreographers, including Susan Hadley, Stephen Koester, Bebe Miller, Lisa Race, and Mariko Yamada.
Meghan's interdisciplinary perspective informs her pedagogical, scholarly, civic, and administrative perspective. She encourages dancers to make deep connections across artistic and academic pursuits. Whether in the studio, classroom, online, or in public, Meghan continues to focus on community engagement and human connection through dance.
Currently serving as the Chair of the Dance Program at Westminster College, Meghan has enjoyed dance faculty positions at numerous colleges and festivals, including The Ohio State University, Princeton University, Temple University, the University of Utah, the Bates Dance Festival, the Now + Next Dance Mentoring Project, and BalletMet’s Summer Dance Intensive. She was a pilot faculty member for Virginia Tanner’s LEADD program (Learning and Engaging through Arts Discipline and Development), providing longer-term immersive arts experiences for adults with disabilities, and also brings experience working in non-profit early intervention and mental health sectors.
Recent creative scholarship includes publications and presentations on dancing toward universal design (Westminster, 2020), empathy as an improvisational tool (National Dance Education Organization, 2020); communication styles and caregiver interaction (University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, 2020) dance, different bodies, and the empathetic gaze (book chapter, Disabilities Arts and Culture: Methods and Approaches, 2019), and social emotional learning through movement (American Dance Therapy Association, 2018),
Meghan is excavating issues of justice, belonging, and equity in dance. She recently completed Nicole Brewer's Anti-Racist Theatre Foundational Course (2021) and is currently participating in a foundational course in healing-centered education practices with Dr.Angel Acosta. In spring 2021, Meghan was appointed, by application, to NDEO's working group on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. She serves as a member of the Universal Access working group at Westminster and is deeply engaged as a community advisor in making her local school district, a PWI, accountable for educational equity.
Meghan holds a Master of Fine Art in Modern Dance from the University of Utah; a Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences (neurogenic track) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a Bachelor of Art in Language Studies from Wellesley College.