Wayne State University

Meg Paul

Meg

Office Phone

313-577-2143

Biography

Meg Paul brings a wealth of significant professional experience in ballet and Broadway performance, as well as in teaching at the national level and has worked closely with important dance pioneers and choreographers in the field; from the repertoire and artistic direction of Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey, to works by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Dwight Rhoden, and Alonzo King. Her thirty-year career encompasses a wide range of significant national and international experience in performance, choreography, directing, teaching, program development, community engagement, and arts management.

From 1983-1994 she was a principal dancer with the world- renowned Joffrey Ballet, including vast national and international touring credits with the company. For Twyla Tharp’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Movin’ Out, she served as dance captain and lead performer from 2001-2005. Her extensive credentials are of the highest caliber and her awards include The Princess Grace Award, winner of The International Dance Competition of the Americas, and the Copperfoot Award.

Co-founder of World Arts Inc., Ms. Paul’s New York City based performing arts agency celebrated a decade of representing and producing tours for national and international companies including Nacho Duato’s Compania Nacional De Danza, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Grand Ballets Canadian, Dance Cuba, Les Ballets Africains, The Washington Ballet, and more.

Ms. Paul has choreographed dozens of original dance works at the collegiate level and for professional dance companies. Her piece, seed, made for the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, was selected for the National American College Dance Association gala performance at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., 2015.

She has developed considerable connections in the Detroit metropolitan dance community and has curated and directed National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, which engaged hundreds of local performers and pre-professionals to work and perform with ballet and Broadway professionals. For her work on National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, Meg was honored as a Detroit Renaissance Hero by the Detroit Free Press.

Ms. Paul is ballet master for the Complexions Contemporary Ballet and teaches master classes around the nation for numerous summer intensives. She is curator and director of Detroit Music Hall’s annual 313 Choreography Expo; highlighting Detroit’s collaborative and creative impact with other major cities, and fostering artistic collaborations, dance education, and community engagement. 313 Choreography Expo is an incubator and career launch pad for many local Detroit artists and companies, and for current dance majors, faculty, and alumni of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance.