KAREN BRAY PERFORMANCE PROJECTS
dance. create. collaborate.
PHYSICAL THERAPIST/PERSONAL TRAINER
Independent movement consultant in private homes:
2000 to present
activities of daily living
posture & balance
Artistic Director: Do Business/Make Art: The Newton Project.
Artistic Director of collaboration among local businesses, local artists, the New Art Center and community members. Spring, 2016. Click here for More Details.
Director, choreographer of nine dances performed outdoors in collaboration with nine “Artful Pianos” sponsored by the Newton Festival of the Arts. Newton, MA. Summer 2016. Click here for More Details.
Choreographer, Director, Performer: Evening-length dance/theatre concerts with children and adults. Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA., May 2008 & May 2009. Click here for Testimonials
Queen Mess-ʻem up Productions:
Choreographer, director. Childrenʼs Dance Theatre. Essex Elementary School, Essex, MA, 1990-94.
Interactive comedic duo: improvise sketches in a variety of locations including art galleries, open studios, businesses. Boston area. 2000 -present. click here for video
Interactive/Improvisational Performance Artist:
Invented characters interact with the public in city settings, Boston and Metro-west, MA, 1981-present
Performed choreography at nine outdoor locations in Newton with pianos and dancers. Summer, 2016
Boston “Outside the Box Theater Festival”:
Performed "ARTS ALIVE" roving character sketches with the public. Boston, Ma. Summer, 2013.
Synapse Dance Theatre:
Member modern dance company. Cambridge, Ma. 1982-86.
Member modern dance company. Cambridge, Ma. 1978-84.
Pigeon Drop Dance/Theatre Group:
Founding Member. Performed and choreographed adult and childrenʼs Dance/Theater throughout the Netherlands, Germany & France. 1976-1978.
Mimetroupe of America:
Performed Mime for Children and Adults throughout Michigan.
Childrenʼs Theater. Eckerd College. 1972-74.
MSPT in Physical Therapy
Simmons College. Boston, MA, 1997
MFA in Dance
University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI, 1976
BFA in Theatre and Dance
Eckerd College. St. Petersburg, FL, 1974
"Two By Three Collaborative Collage":
Karen Bray, Nan Daly, Kay Villa
Three artists who create six collaborative collages per month for exhibition purposes. 2008-2012
New Art Center, Holzwasser Gallery, Newton, MA. 2011
Olin College, Needham, MA. 2010
Co-Teacher of multi-disciplinary movement & visual art class for adults. New Art Center, Newton, MA. 2009-present.
Leadership in Motion:
Musical Theater Day Camp for refugee children ages 5-15. Worcester Public Schools. April, 2011.
For adults. Green Street Studios. Cambridge, MA. Spring, 2008.
For children. London, England and Boston, MA,1986-1994.
Dance & Clowning:
For adults. Throughout the Netherlands, 1976-1978.
ARTS & EDUCATION
Teacher of English through theater and movement to homeless women Boston. 2010-2014.
The Second Step, Inc.:
Teacher of dance and exercise for residents. Newton, MA, 2003-2004.
Queen Mess-‘em-up Productions
Choreographer/ Director, of Dance/Theater for Children.“Queen Mess-‘em-up Productions”. Bowen Elementary School Newton, MA, 1990-1994.
Bowen Elementary School:
PTA Co-President. Newton, MA. 1992.
Environmental Education Committee:
Chair. Bowen Elementary School, Newton, MA.1990-1994.
New Art Center, John Murray, Bonnie Mineo, Newton, MA. 2000-present.
Cambridge Center for Adult Education. 2010-present.
Background paper on website is an example of my paste paper work. Studied paste paper & journal-making with Joy Seidler.
Joan Lowenberg. Decordova Museum. Lincoln, MA. 2006.
Studied dance Improvisation with Liz Roncka. 2014-2016
True Story Theatre:
Studied movement, improvisation, storytelling. Arlington, Ma. 2015
Studied improvisation with Billie Jo Joy. Cambridge, Ma. 2012-2014
Pilobolus Dance Theater:
Studied choreography with Jonathan Wolken, Washington Depot, Ct. 2009.
Studied choreography. Green Street Studios.Cambridge, MA. 2008
Daena Giardella/Creative Process:
Studied movement improvisation. Watertown, Ma. 2005-2008.
Studied Improvisation with Ruth Zaporah. Santa Fe, N. M., Summer, 2008. .
Studied Choreography. Green Street Studios. Cambridge, Ma. Spring 2005.
Studied choreography withOlive Bieringa. Plainfield, MA. 2005.
The Expansive Artist:
Helen Pickett. Movement generation workshop, Boston, MA, 2005.
Dance Educator's Workshop:
Minnesota Summer Arts Experience. Minneapolis, MN. 1982-1994.
Twyla Tharp Summer Workshop:
Studied choreography. American University. Washington DC, 1975.