TitlesAssociate Professor of Dance
SpecialtiesDance Pedagogy/Musical Theater Dance
As a teacher of dance pedagogy, I stress the complex power of dance to simultaneously engage the physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual realms, while also stressing the importance of staying connected to the pure and simple joy of movement.
Maggy Gorrill joined the Conservatory in 2006 and is an associate professor of dance, teaching courses in dance pedagogy and tap. She also serves as director of Movement Matters, an outreach program for low-mobility seniors; is codirector of Step by Step!, a dance program for children with special needs; and coordinator of Spring Dance at Eliot, a showcase pairing undergraduate choreographers with public school students.
Gorrill began her career as a modern and jazz dancer with the Joyce Trisler Danscompany and the American Dance Machine. On Broadway, she worked with choreographers Susan Stroman, Bob Fosse, Peter Gennaro, George Faison, Donald McKayle, and Gower Champion. As an actress, she was featured on Broadway in Peter Pan, played Lily St. Regis on the national tour of Annie, and created a role in the off-Broadway revival of Flora the Red Menace. Favorite regional theater roles include April in Company (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Belle in Take Me Along (Goodspeed Opera House), Hope in Anything Goes (St. Louis MUNY), Shy in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis), and Sugar in Sugar (Coachlight Dinner Theater). Choreographic credits include productions at Theatre by the Sea in Rhode Island, Sacramento's Music Circus, and the off-Broadway Homegrown Theatre.
As a teaching artist, Gorrill has been the recipient of 11 Massachusetts Cultural Council grants for her arts integration work with children. In New York, she helped design and implement an educational outreach program for City Center’s Encores!. In Massachusetts, she devised an extensive body of curriculum as movement specialist for Citi Performing Arts Center’s Arts Can Teach initiative and supervised drama and dance candidates for Class Measures, the only private company in Massachusetts permitted to offer an alternative route to K–12 educator licensure. At Boston Conservatory, she helped develop the curricular model and served as choreographer for Born to Perform, a musical theater intensive for middle school youth. She also spent ten years on the faculty of Emerson College.
Gorrill earned a B.A. in voice, dance, and drama studies from Empire State College, State University of New York. She went on to earn an M.A. in theater education from Emerson College. She has additional specialized training in autism movement therapy, dance for Parkinson's disease, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics.
Professional Awards and Recognitions
- Recipient, Lynn Cultural Council grant (Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2017, 2016, 2011, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001)
- Recipient, Students and Teachers Working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars (STARS) grant (Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2013, 2012, 2011)
- Certificate of Recognition for High Academic Achievement in Graduate Study (Emerson College, 2005)
- When I Ask My Body: Living and Healing from Incest (one-woman show, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts)—Movement director and choreographer
- "Integrating Style and Character into Musical Theater Choreography" (master classes, University of Southern Maine)—Warren Memorial Foundation Visiting Artist
- "Exploring the Vocabulary of Objects and Motion" (kindergarten science residency, Hood Elementary School, Lynn, Massachusetts)—Teaching artist and Lynn Cultural Council grant recipient