Profile Type: Artist
Toby MacNutt

I am a queer, trans, disabled artist. While I don't make art explicitly about my identities, all my work is informed by that experience. My forms interact with it differently, but each travels through the lens of the body: how does it move, what is its shape, where are its boundaries? How do other people engage with the body? How does a body engage itself with the world?

My dance work is thoughtful, and often focuses on relationships: between people or between a person and environment. Evening length work One, Two was described by reviewer Jim Lowe as "a tender odyssey". As a dancer, as in my everyday life, I am comfortable moving in multiple modalities - wheeling, walking with crutches, moving with the help of floor or other environmental features - and I am able to use that fluidity in complex and often surprising ways choreographically. I am interested in the shifts between effort and ease, and where each can be found in my own body. I am deeply in love with the unique aesthetics of disabled dance, and the possibilities available within.

I am also a poet and prose author, and a textile artist. I have experience in spinning, dyeing, weaving, sewing, knitting, and more. My interest in embodiment and in sensory experiences bridges between all these forms - I seek to bring the audience to an understanding of a different kind of body, through my own body but also theirs, their own senses. To that end, I am exploring the creation of mixed-media, immersive performance installations, taking multiple perspectives at once and integrating them through the senses with a Universal Design framework. What does it mean to not only observe but to feel, hear, and move?


Profile photo by Mark Collier.

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Additional Links: 
Trailer footage from 2014 premier
Excerpted from One, Two; 2014 premier

I Have Worked With

  • August 2017

    Dance and poetry performer in When Women Were Birds at Bread & Butter Farm

  • March 2017

    Presented in a shared show format in the Food for Thought series. Other choreographers presented in that show were Alice Sheppard (Kinetic Light), Mark Travis Rivera (Marked Dance Project), and Jerron Herman.

  • February 2015

    Presented One, Two in FlynnSpace as A Light to Two Shadows, a shared show with Bryce Dance company


  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Choreographer, dancer, textile artist, poet
Physical Address: 
Burlington, VT 05401
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Humanities - Anthropology
Literature - Fiction
Literature - Poetry
Theater - Circus
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Textile Weaving
Populations Served: 
General Public
LGBTQ Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Professional Development / Training
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Vermont Dance Alliance
AXIS Dance summer intensive, 2011
Candoco Dance Company summer intensive, 2013

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
I am comfortable and experienced with working with students and audiences with disabilities of any kind. Accommodation requests including those not listed above will be honored to the best of my ability.

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
VSA Vermont's Arts Connect course: arts integration, Universal Design for Learning