Kayt MacMaster is a dancer, choreographer, educator and scholar. Born and raised in rural Northeastern Michigan, she spent her early career in New York City dancing with artists such as K.J. Holmes, Johanna Stephens Meyer, Pat Catterson, Yoshiko Chuma, Stacy Grossfield, Julie Atlas Muz, Tuva Hildebrand, Molly Mingey and Bread and Puppet Theater. Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally at venues including Arts on Site, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Dixon Place in New York City; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Champaign, Illinois; MARSH and The Space Station in St. Louis; RADFest in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Medie, Ghana.
MacMaster has worked collaboratively with the Duende School of Ensemble Physical Theatre in Greece, the OBRA Theater Company in France and the Saakumu Dance Troupe in Ghana. She earned an MFA in dance with a minor in heritage studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she performed in works choreographed by Tere O’Connor, Cynthia Oliver, Sara Hook and Rachel Rizzuto. MacMaster is the current director of dance at Alma College and continues to develop and tour site-specific solo performances in addition to choreographing works for student and professional dancers.
BFA, Oakland University (2012)
MSEd, Hunter College (2019)
MFA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2022)
MacMaster’s research considers movement as a meeting point between the cultural and the physiological. She approaches technique courses as an opportunity for students to learn more about themselves as dancers, to experientially explore anatomical awareness and to work towards virtuosic performance quality through transferrable movement concepts. In seminar courses, she offers a lens on dance that centers choreography as a research methodology. Together, they mine movement for its insight on critical social, political and cultural phenomena.
Recent Work and Accomplishments
Choreography: pampas, duet presented at Arts on Site in New York City; November 2023 Please Don’t Pet Me, I’m Working; duet presented at RADFest in Kalamazoo, Michigan; February 2023 hog ranch, hogwash, or putting lipstick on a pig; duet presented at Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois; March 2022