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Faculty and Staff

Department of Theatre and Dance

Dr. Margaret Wilson


Department Chair

Professor, 20th Century Dance History - Modern Dance - Kinesiology for Dance - Vertical Dance -Pilates


Ph.D. Texas Woman's University
M.S. University of Wyoming
B.A. University of Wyoming

Margaret Wilson balances her creative practice and research drawing inspiration from literature and poetry, visual art, biomechanics, somatics and pedagogy – in collaborative artistic exploration. She and Neil Humphrey (Geology and Geophysics and adjunct in Theatre & Dance) regularly choreograph for Vertical Dance, both inside the theatre and outside at the Vedauwoo Recreation area.  Her original dance productions include Inside/Out, Boxed Set…the body through which the dream flows…Dancing Near the Edge of ChaosThe River and Toward Entropy, as well as bi-annual performances of Dancing between Earth and Sky- Vertical Dance at Vedauwoo and other locations on campus, and around the state of Wyoming.  In 2019 she will present Wonderland: Alice’s Adventures in 3-Dimensional Space, a vertical dance performance based on Lewis Carroll’s iconic stories – Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass. Wilson also collaborates with Susan Moldenhauer and Wendy Lemen Bredehoft in Sequencing Through Time and Place.  This ten-year collaborative project has included artistic exploration at specific sites in Wyoming, London and Venice, and culminates in gallery exhibitions with video exhibition and live performance. 

Margaret has won numerous teaching, research, and advising awards, including the Ellbogen Teaching Excellence award, a Wyoming Arts Council Performing Arts Fellowship and an Innovative Classroom Teaching award from the Wyoming Innovations in Learning Association.  Margaret has administrative and grant writing experience, and has coordinated several residencies for the University of Wyoming, including the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company, supported by the Eminent Artist in Residence Endowment funded through the Wyoming State Legislature.  She serves as an  assistant director for the Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival on a rotating basis with other faculty members in dance. She is an invited lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for the MSc in Dance Science.

Margaret’s research interests are in kinesiology, biomechanics and the interface of art and science in teaching and training dancers. Her research has been presented at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA).  Margaret has published in the Journal for Dance Medicine and Science, Journal of Dance Education, Research in Dance Education, Sports Biomechanics, Medical Problems of Performing Artists and the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices.  With Glenna Batson, she co-authored Body and Mind in Motion: Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation and a chapter on for Dancer Wellness. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for IADMS, and currently is a member of the Dance Educator’s committee, a committee she chaired from 2012-2016.  She was named an IADMS fellow in 2015. 


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