Megan Slayter

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Megan Slayter
Chair and Associate Professor
(269) 387-5834
3107 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5417
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Department of Dance
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 is an associate professor of dance at Western Michigan University where she teaches lighting design, dance management, and dance history, while serving as the department’s production manager and lighting designer. She received her M.F.A. in Dance with an emphasis in lighting design from The Ohio State University, and a B.A. in dance from Western Michigan University. Ongoing collaborative research with dance historian and Labanotator Jessica Lindberg Coxe, has resulted in the reconstruction dances by modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller.  "Fire Dance", "Night", "Lily of the Nile", and "La Mer" have been reconstructed and commissioned for performance by universities, dance companies, and art museums across the country including: The University of Washington in Seattle; Texas State University in San Marcos; the Shay Ishii Dance Company in Austin, TX; MOMENTA Dance, and the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL; and the Maryhill Museum of Art in Glendale, WA.  "Fire Dance", "Night", and "Lily of the Nile" are featured on the DVD documentary "Loïe Fuller: Dancing in the Light Fantastic" produced by MOMENTA dance and available through Dance Horizons. A DVD of Slayter and Lindberg’s reconstruction process for "Fire Dance" was produced in 2003 by John Mueller is available through The Dance Film Archive.  Slayter was named as the 2013/14 Cranbrook Schools Bravo Guest Artist and staged "La Mer" as part of her residency.  As the resident dance lighting designer at Western Michigan University, Slayter has designed for new works by esteemed guest artists including Peter Chu, Gabrielle Lamb, KT Nelson, Nelly von Bommel, Ron DeJesus, Lauren Edson, Eddie Ocampo, and Autumn Eckman; and has reconstructed designs for works by Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Robert Battle, Frank Chaves, Lou Conte, Alonzo King, Ohad Naharin, David Parsons, Anthony Tudor, and Doug Varone. She is an elected representative of the East Central Region, to the Board of Directors of the American College Dance Association (formerly ACDFA). She is currently writing a text book on dance production to be published by Human Kinetics.