Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Toby MacNutt

I am a queer, trans, disabled artist. My work is not necessarily about my identities, but it is always informed by that experience, 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? How does the body hold the self?

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, aerial silks - 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. 

My relationships-focused debut evening length work One, Two was described by Jim Lowe (Times Argus) as "a tender odyssey". It premiered in 2014 in Vermont, and was set on a cast of six dancers, with and without disabilities. After that I made the immersive sci-fi installation Enter the Void, in 2018, and now I am working on a solo show, A Singular They.

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 Robyn Nicole for Dancing Queerly, 2019

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I Have Worked With

  • August 2019 to August 2020

    Artist in residence, to develop A Singular They. Culminated with work-in-progress showing, digitally in Nov 2020 (instead of in-person earlier in the year) due to coronavirus.

  • February 2012 to February 2020

    Participant in annual dance showcase.

  • June 2018 to June 2019

    Participating choreographer in inaugural Choreo-Lab, June 2018; a weeklong mentored residency for creation of new work, ending with informal showing. Returned to work with the company more intensely in Choreo-Lab 2019, developing "Numeromancy" on company dancers.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • 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
Literary Arts- Fiction
Literary Arts - 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: 
Artist (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
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Vermont Dance Alliance
AXIS Dance summer intensive, 2011
Candoco Dance Company summer intensive, 2013
AXIS Dance Choreo-Lab, 2018
AXIS Dance Choreo-Lab, 2019
New England Dance Fund Grantee/Alum Network
Rebecca Blunk Fund Award, 2019
MAP Fund, 2020
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

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 Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Wheelchair accessibility
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
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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