Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Erin McNulty

Erin McNulty is a Boston-based contemporary dance artist and educator. Her movement is deeply rooted in improvisational research, and balances intimacy with her own blend of physicality and choreological understanding. Often using text-based processes, McNulty's work exists where language intersects with sensory dynamism. 

McNulty holds a B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) from Boston University’s College of Communication; and a Postgraduate Diploma (Distinction) in Community Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, where she was the recipient of the Audrey Wethered Award. She has also trained at the Gaga Summer Intensive at Mark Morris Dance Center in New York.

McNulty is a company dancer with Natalie Johnson Dance, and was a principal dancer with Kairos Dance Theater from 2011-2015. She has also performed in projects with Rachel Linsky, Eliza Malecki Dance, Zoe Dance Company, Kelley Donovan & Dancers, Bethan Peters, and Paula Josa Jones/Performance Works. As a creator, her choreographic work has been produced by Trinity Laban, ArtBeat by Somerville Arts Council, Providence Dance Festival, Dance for World Community, NACHMO Boston, Salem Arts Festival, Sasso & Company, Providence College Dance Company, and Third Life Studio Choreographer Series. McNulty also conceived and choreographed a short dance film in 2018 with support from New England Foundation for the Arts' New England Dance Fund; and has been commissioned by the Shawna Shea Memorial Foundation's Women in Film Fellowship to direct a second film in 2020, co-choreographed with NYC-based dancer Suzannah Dessau.

A dedicated educator and community practitioner, McNulty is currently on dance faculty at Boston University, and a Lead Teaching Artist & Instructional Coach with Boston Ballet's Education & Community Initiatives. She has taught ballet, contemporary, and improvisation/composition at such organizations as Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Roxbury Latin School, Torit Montessori School, Arts at the Armory, Wilmington Dance Academy, LINX Dance Studio, and Cambridge Performance Project. She is drawn to projects where the barriers between professional dance and the communities it exists in are broken down, bringing richer cultural dialogue and appreciation for the arts and the expressive body.

I Have Worked With

  • September 2017 to September 2018

    I performed at "A Glimpse Beyond," an annual performance festival held at Mount Auburn Cemetery, at the invitation of Zoe Dance artistic director Callie Chapman. I also rehearsed with the company during 2018 to further develop the work SCALE, which was performed as a durational improvisation during Cambridge Open Studios, Sept. 2018.

  • August 2017 to August 2018

    I taught a series of experimental movement workshops for Youth Arts Arise, the Armory's program for youth ages 11-16.

  • June 2018

    Acclaimed experimental violinist and vocalist Josh Knowles created the soundtrack to my 2018 dance film Deviation, Twice Removed, and will be collaborating again on our upcoming 2020 dance film.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

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Dance Artist
Physical Address: 
Boston, MA 02115
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Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ballet
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General Public
School Groups
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Artist (Individual)
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Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
National Dance Education Organization
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance - Postgraduate Diploma, Community Dance (2015-2016)
Gaga Summer Intensive - Mark Morris Dance Center, 2017
National Dance Education Organization - Introduction to the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts
New England Dance Fund Grantee/Alum Network
Audrey Wethered Award
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

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I am a Teaching Artist

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Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Private Studio
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Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age