Maggy Gorrill joined the conservatory in 2006 and teaches dance pedagogy and tap. She also serves as director of Movement Matters, a Conservatory Connections outreach program for low-mobility senior citizens; is co-director of Step by Step, a Conservatory Connections program for teaching dance to children on the autism spectrum; and serves as choreographer for Born to Perform!, a musical theater extension program for middle school students.
Gorrill began her career as a modern and jazz dancer with The Joyce Trisler Danscompany and The American Dance Machine. As a Broadway gypsy, 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 Theater of St. Louis), Belle in Take Me Along (Goodspeed Opera House), Hope in Anything Goes (The St. Louis MUNY), Shy in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Indianapolis Beef `n Boards), and Sugar in Sugar (Coachlight Dinner Theater). Choreographic credits include productions at Theater by the Sea in Rhode Island, Sacramento Music Circus, and off Broadway's Homegrown Theatre.
As a teaching artist, Gorrill has been the recipient of 10 Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) grants for her arts integration work with children. In addition, she helped design and implement an educational outreach program for City Center's Encores! in New York, served as movement specialist for Citi Performing Arts Center's Arts Can Teach, and spent 10 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, 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)