Erin F. Mitchell

Washington, DC

I am an arts manager, educator, and choreographer intrigued by the creative process. What fuels my professional work is a drive to connect with artists and provide them with the resources they need to create. As a choreographer I am particularly sensitive to the needs of the dance sector, and I am focused on new models for strengthening the field and for encouraging the growth of innovative, emerging dance makers. There is a lull in support for the process of making art in our country, and I would like to play a key part in shifting how we view the creative process, as a necessary step in ensuring the production of quality art. I am also in continuous in search of meaningful ways for connecting artists to their communities, so art becomes more relevant and necessary for everyone.

My work has shown in venues around the country and Mexico. I've taught at Western Michigan University and other professional programs and schools in Virginia, DC, and in Michigan. I've worked as an arts administrator at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and helped to develop the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest) in its inaugural year. I received my BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Dance and Choreography, and I am currently an MA cadidate in Arts Management at American University. I am the choreographer for the Taffety Punk Theatre Company.