Faculty

Maggy Gorrill

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General Info

Titles

Associate Professor of Dance

Specialties

Dance Pedagogy/Musical Theater Dance

Maggy Gorrill joined the Conservatory in 2006, and is an associate professor of dance, teaching dance pedagogy and tap. She also serves as director of Movement Matters, an outreach program for low-mobility seniors, and codirector of Step by Step!, a program of dance classes for youth with special needs.

Gorrill began her career as a modern and jazz dancer with the Joyce Trisler Danscompany and the American Dance Machine. As a dancer 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. Some of her favorite regional theater roles include April in Company (Repertory Theater 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 Theater by the Sea in Rhode Island, Sacramento’s Music Circus, and the Homegrown Theatre off-Broadway.

As a teaching artist, Gorrill has received 13 Massachusetts Cultural Council grants for her arts integration work with children. She helped design an educational outreach program for New York City Center Encores!, devised an extensive body of curriculum as movement specialist for Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center’s Arts Can Teach initiative, and supervised drama and dance candidates for Class Measures, a firm that works with the Massachusetts Department of Education to provide an alternative route to K-12 educator licensure. Additional teaching includes ten years on the faculty at Emerson College.

Gorrill earned a B.A. in voice, dance, and drama studies from SUNY Empire State College, and an M.A. in theater education from Emerson College.

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • Recipient, Lynn Cultural Council grant (Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2019, 2018, 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)

Recent Engagements

  • 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