Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5417
- M.F.A., Dance, The Ohio State University
- B.A., Dance, Western Michigan University
Megan Slayter, assistant professor of dance at Western Michigan University, received her M.F.A. degree in dance with an emphasis in lighting design for dance from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in dance from Western Michigan University. As a lighting designer and stage manager she has worked extensively in the Kalamazoo area with Western Michigan University, Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers and Chenery Auditorium as well as MOMENTA Dance, The Space/Movement Project and Robert Moses’KIN in Chicago. She was the technical production coordinator for the American Dance Festival Schools and Workshops in 2005. As a dancer, Slayter has performed in works by Lar Lubovitch, Bebe Miller, Victoria Uris and Cori Terry. An ongoing collaboration with dance historian and labanotator Jessica Lindberg has resulted in the recreation of dances by modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller. “Fire Dance,” originally choreographed in 1896 and restaged in 2003, was commissioned by WMU for the Great Works in Dance and Music Concert at Miller Auditorium in 2006. “Fire Dance” was also featured at the Art Institute of Chicago in conjunction with the 2005 Toulouse-Lautrec Montmarte exhibit. A DVD of the reconstruction process and performance produced by John Mueller is available through The Dance Film Archive. In 2007 Slayter was the recipient of a Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant to fund research on Loie Fuller in Paris. As a result of this research Loie Fuller’s three signature works — “Fire Dance,” “Night” and “Lily of the Nile” — were released in 2008. Slayter has also worked extensively in development and fundraising for the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, and The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.