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. from Boston University’s College of Communication (Magna Cum Laude); and a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London (Distinction), 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 has also premiered two short dance films with institutional support from the City of Boston, New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Shawna Shea Memorial Foundation's Women in Film Fellowship (2018 and 2020). 

A dedicated educator and community practitioner, McNulty is on dance faculty at Boston University, and a Lead Teaching Artist & Instructional Coach with Boston Ballet's Education & Community Initiatives. She is a passionate advocate for student-centered pedagogy and cultural relevancy alongside technical rigor. 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, ArtisTree Vermont, 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

  • June 2018

    Acclaimed experimental violinist and vocalist Josh Knowles created the soundtracks to my 2018 dance film Deviation, Twice Removed, and my 2020 dance film FLOODSTREAM.

  • May 2018

    I collaborate regularly with Boston fIlmmaker and photographer Christopher Di Nunzio. We have worked together on two films (Co-Director/Editor/Cinematographer of Deviation, Twice Removed in 2018; Cinematographer and Editor of FLOODSTREAM in 2020), and a site specific photography project (Peddocks Island, 2019).

  • June 2013 to March 2018

    I have performed in three projects with the company (In Reverse in 2013, Boston Center for the Arts; Sunday in 2015, Channel/Dance; Transitional State in 2018, Dance Complex); and also performed my own solo work in several Third Life Studio Choreographer Series showcases, curated by Kelley Donovan, between 2013 and 2015.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

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Job Title/Position: 
Dance Artist
Physical Address: 
Boston, MA 02115
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Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ballet
Populations Served: 
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
Shawna E. Shea Memorial Foundation Women in Film Fellow
Opportunity Fund Grantee, Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture and the City of Boston
Prague International Monthly Film Festival Finalist
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
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