Mary Kate Sheehan
Mary Kate Sheehan
Dancer. Rehearsal Director. Teacher. Choreographer.

About

Mary Kate Sheehan is a modern and contemporary dance artist in both New York City and Europe.  She is from San Diego, CA, where she trained in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, pointe, theater, and hip hop at the Academy of Performing Arts under the direction of Kevin Patterson.  She is also a highly-acclaimed champion Irish step dancer, trained by Liam Harney and Michelle Malone-Chiles.  Mary Kate appeared as a semi-finalist on Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance as an Irish dancer.  She is a graduate of the Joffrey Ballet School Pre-Professional Trainee Program and holds a B. A. in Performing Arts with an Emphasis in Dance from St. Mary's College of California.

Mary Kate performs with a number of acclaimed companies including KEIGWIN + COMPANY, Yvonne Rainer, and Seán Curran Company.  She is also a lead dancer, rehearsal director, and founding member of the Wolfe project with Marlena Wolfe, as well as a lead dancer and rehearsal director for Darrah Carr Dance.  She participates in many dance events around New York City for other choreographers and companies, including Julia Ehrstrand, Tyler Gilstrap, Shelly Hutchinson, and The Windmill Factory, and she frequently performs as a freelance artist in Europe as well.  Mary Kate is the General Manager of Sidra Bell Dance New York.    

Mary Kate is an accomplished teacher in the New York City area, as well as internationally.  She is currently modern and contemporary faculty at both STEPS on Broadway and Peridance Capezio Center.  She has directed dance programs/curricula in Sweden, and she has taught and set choreography in Sweden, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa in professional, pre-professional, and outreach settings.      

Highlights

  • Dancer with Yvonne Rainer in the Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done exhibition at MoMA (NYC) and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland performing Trio A, Talking Solo, Chair/Pillow, and more

  • Dancer with KEIGWIN + COMPANY in Vail Dance Festival: NYC ReMix (Damian Woetzel, Director) at New York City Center Theater

  • Dancer with Seán Curran Company in Opera Lafayette performances at the John F. Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center

  • Lead Dancer in Seán Curran's Bessie Award-Nominated Dingle Diwali

  • Co-choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance Ukraine (in collaboration with Shelly Hutchinson)

  • Faculty at STEPS on Broadway and Peridance Capezio Center

  • Guest Faculty at Balettakademien Stockholm & Balettakademien Göteborg

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COMPANIES

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Yvonne Rainer (Yvonne Rainer, Artistic Director) Dancer

KEIGWIN + COMPANY (Larry Keigwin, Artistic Director) Dancer

Seán Curran Company (Seán Curran, Artistic Director) Dancer

the Wolfe project (Marlena Wolfe, Artistic Director) Dancer, Rehearsal Director

Darrah Carr Dance (Darrah Carr, Artistic Director) Dancer, Rehearsal Director

TunanuT (Tyler Gilstrap, Artistic Director) Dancer, Rehearsal Director

Julia Ehrstrand Dance (Julia Ehrstrand, Artistic Director) Dancer, Rehearsal Director

Sidra Bell Dance New York (Sidra Bell, Artistic Director) Company Manager

 

MAJOR STAGE PERFORMANCES

Yvonne Rainer: Early Dances 1961-1969 (Trio A with Flags, Talking Solo, We Shall Run, Chair-Pillow) (Yvonne Rainer) Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, NYC)

Trio A, Talking Solo, and Chair/Pillow (Yvonne Rainer) Dublin Dance Festival, Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, Ireland)

Canvas (Larry Keigwin) New York City Center, Vail Dance Festival: ReMix NYC

Dream'd In A Dream (Seán Curran) (Swing) Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theater

Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour (Seán Curran) Opera Lafayette at John F. Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center

Victory Dance (Darrah Carr Dance) New Victory Theater on 42nd Street

Dingle Diwali (2012 Bessie Nominee) (Seán Curran) Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out

Dansforum Festival (Julia Ehrstrand, Festival Director) Viksjöforsbaletten, Sweden

Dream'd In A Dream (excerpts) (Seán Curran) New York City Center

ékleipsis (excerpt) (solo collaboration with Tyler Gilstrap) Actors Fund Arts Center, Brooklyn

In Culmination (Sidra Bell) Ailey Citigroup Theater

 

TELEVISION / FILM / INSTALLATIONS

So You Think You Can Dance Ukraine Assistant Choreographer to Shelly Hutchinson

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 Semi-Finalist

Good Morning America Dancer/ Extra

Panorama Music Festival 2017 Dancer in spatial installation Right Passage

(Created by The Windmill Factory with choreography by TunanuT Productions)

Panorama Music Festival 2016 Dancer for film animation with The Windmill Factory, TunanuT, & Invisible Light Network

 

TEACHING / CHOREOGRAPHY / REHEARSAL DIRECTING

Peridance Capezio Center

Modern and Contemporary Faculty

STEPS on Broadway

Contemporary Faculty

José Limón Dance Company

    Rehearsal Assistant to Seán Curran in the creation of Nocturnes for Ancestors (2013) (Premiere at the Joyce Theater NYC) (Under the direction of Carla Maxwell)

Montclair State University

Rehearsal Director for The Collective by choreographer Tyler Gilstrap for Works-A-Foot 2013

Battlefield (Choreographed by Robert Battle)

    Rehearsal Director to Tyler Gilstrap in setting on Joffrey Ballet School Pre-Professional Company (2014) and Young Dance Makers Company (2016)

Balettakademien Göteborg (Sweden)

Modern, Contemporary, Partnering, & Repertoire Faculty

Balettakademien Stockholm (Sweden)

Modern Dance Master Class Faculty

CIRCLE Dance Rotterdam (the Netherlands)

Guest Contemporary Faculty

Viksjöforsbaletten (Sweden)

Program Director Fall 2017, Lead Instructor, & Outreach Teacher

New York Dance Project (Director: Davis Robertson)

Modern Teacher and Rehearsal Director/Collaborator with Tyler Gilstrap

Cape Academy of Performing Arts (Cape Town, South Africa)

Guest Modern Teacher and Repetitor

Dansforum Göteborg (Sweden)

Guest Ballet and Modern Faculty

 

MISCELLANEOUS

International Champion Irish Step Dancer, Company Manager, Singing, Public Speaking, Driver’s License, Manual and Automatic Driving Experience, Spanish language, French language, USA and EU Passports and Citizenship 

*EXTENDED CV AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST*