maura nguyễn donohue, Invited Artist Faculty (2019, 2021–23)
maura nguyễn donohue (she/her) is the Director of the MFA in Dance at Hunter College. From 1995-2005, her troupe, inmixedcompany was produced regularly in NYC and toured across North America, Europe and Asia. maura co-produces the Estrogenius Festival and has curated and facilitated exchange and residency programs for Asian diaspora artists in the US and in SE Asia. She seeks networks of kinship through curation, advocacy and a deep witnessing process of writing about the works of others, most recently as Writer-in-Residence for Danspace Project’s 2021 & 2022 Platform: The Dream of the Audience. She has been a member of La MaMa’s Great Jones Rep Experimental Theater since 1997, playing a host of mythical monstrous mortals and goddesses.
Since 2015, they have been creating installation and performance works in an ongoing “Tides Project” including during a Winter 2022 residency at LMCC’s Arts Center on Governor’s Island. Using reclaimed plastics and oceanic detritus to examine the legacies of bodies ecological and diasporic, she builds a mass of meaning out of the disposable. Born in Vietnam, amidst the war with America they have a long-standing fascination with reclamation among those who are left adrift, survive off the sea and soak in marginalized narratives.
She thanks the ancestors and offspring for keeping the path clearly lit.