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Marsha Fay Knight
Professor, Ballet - Composition - Historical Dance
B.F.A. University of Utah
M.F.A. University of Utah
Marsha Fay Knight (MFA University of Utah ’83) is a Professor at the University of Wyoming where her primary responsibilities lie in the teaching of ballet, historical dance, choreography, and period movement for actors.
Marsha's full-evening productions include NUTCRACKER, COPPELIA, PULCINELLA and INANNA, QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND EARTH. Her experience also includes choreography for numerous short works and musical theatre productions. Marsha’s contemporary ballet OF A MIND was selected for presentation at the Kennedy Center in May 2006, through the adjudication process of the American College Dance Festival.
Marsha conceived, choreographed and co-directed SIX SONGS FROM ELLIS, a full-evening theatre/dance piece including film and oral histories of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island. SIX SONGS was a regional finalist, KCACTF, Reno, NV, 2010.
University of Wyoming awards include the UW Alumni Association's Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching, CASE award nominee for UW, Wyoming Arts Council Performing Arts Fellowship for Choreography, and the Flittie Sabbatical. Marsha’s specialization in historical dance forms and reconstruction includes Stanford University's Baroque Dance Workshops and private instruction in NYC under the direction of Wendy Hilton (Julliard, Stanford), and 15th and 16th century dance forms with the Historical Dance Foundation. Marsha spent spring ’03 and ‘12 semester teaching in London through the University of Wyoming’s Program for Foreign Studies, teaching as well as training in Royal Academy of Dance teaching methodology and furthering her research in Baroque dance. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the American College Dance Festival Association as VP for Nominations and Elections. Marsha is married to Leigh Selting, and their sons are Thomas, Nick, and Gabe.