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Megan Mizanty

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Megan Mizanty (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator, with a multi-faceted history in movement, text, and sound.

As an educator, Megan served as Associate Professor of Dance and Assistant Director of the Master in Fine Arts Program at Wilson College, where she taught courses in interdisciplinary collaboration, Pilates, Somatics, contemporary technique, dance history, and feminist perspectives in movement. Beyond dance, Megan is a 200-RYS/30-Yin yoga instructor, certified through the inclusive ideologies of Ohm Grown Yoga in New Jersey. Her primary interests in yoga include Yin, trauma-based Vinyasa flow, and meditation + movement practices. Megan believes movement is the gateway to an empowered, joyful life. Her teaching philosophy is student-entered, with an emphasis on community building and self-inquiry.

As an artist, Megan has a decades-long history collaborating with opera singers, sculptors, musicians, actors, and more. She recently was an artist-in-residence at Mascher Space Co-Op in Philadelphia. She danced with companies along the east coast, including Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre, Improbable Stage Productions, LINKED dancetheatre and toured with Matthew Frazier-Smith Dance. Megan holds a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College, and an MFA in Dance from Temple University. She was a Dance in Leadership scholarship recipient from Dance/USA, as well as the recipient of the Linda Rolfe "New Writer's Prize" from Routledge Publications, for her research with Project Trans(m)it, which she co-founded and co-directed from 2015-2021. This long-distance venture- merging dance and technology - produced shows in England, as well as film festivals in the U.S. and New Zealand. She received a Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Grant for her evening work, "LAURA". Her past choreography has been commissioned by Susquehanna University, Temple University, Lycoming College, Marywood University, Dickinson College and more.

Megan maintains a writing practice alongside her love of movement. Her creative writing has been published by Page and Spine, Mignolo Arts, Dark Onus Press, Zoetic Press/NonBinary Review, Last Stanza Poetry Journal, Danse Macabre Literary Journal, io Literary Journal and more.