Mariah Maloney

Mariah Maloney


Associate Professor
(585) 395-2493
Office: Hartwell Hall 145 C


Mariah is a Fulbright U.S, Scholar Fellow. Current research explores the intersectionality of Irish traditional music in dialogue with postmodern improvisation practices. This work is dedicated to unearthing the possibilities of a new choreographic voice in dialogue and celebration of Traditional Irish music, dance and culture. Mariah grew up listening to her mother play live chamber music inside a homesteader log cabin and this early relationship to live music informs her dance making process. Improvisation practice in dialogue with physical environment, choreographic structure and collaborations with interdisciplinary artists continues to inform Mariah’s creative process.

“…an eloquent correlation between personality and artistic imprint. “…the essence of her performance tonight, through an art in summarizing innocence, play, simplicity and, above all, beauty.” Nestor Tirri, La Nacion

Mariah Maloney, Artistic Director of Mariah Maloney Dance originally from Homer, Alaska, is a New York dance artist, filmmaker and international choreographer. Mariah performed, lectured and taught internationally as a dancer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company for eight years, and today is a recognized Trisha Brown alumnus, serving as guest artist in performance, a faculty member and re-staging project director.

Mariah is regularly invited to perform, teach and create new work in New York, throughout the United States, and internationally in Europe, Asia and South America. Mariah Maloney Dance has presented work at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out series; New York City venues: La MaMa etc; The Kitchen; Danspace Project; Mark Morris Dance Center; Movement Research Open Performance; Gibney Dance and Brooklyn Museum of Art to name a few. Recent engagements include Semana de la Danza 2019!, Lima, Peru; Buenos Aires Dance Festival, Argentina; Danspace Project/Food for Thought; Marlin Miller Series at Alfred University; NYSCA project Albany Symphony Water Music with Loren Loiacono; APAP and the Rochester Fringe Festival. Mariah is an author at Dance Magazine where she has published on Trisha Brown. She earned a BFA from Purchase College and an MFA from Hollins/ADF.

Recently, Mariah has evolved her scholarship to include Dance for Camera. In 2020, as the pandemic began to shutter people in their homes, Mariah found herself dancing alone in her living room with the camera as witness. Months later, she located her choreographic process outdoors on the original indigenous lands of the Ais and Seminole tribes - today these lands are known as Melbourne Beach, Maritime Hammock Sanctuary and the Indian River. Working with natural light, the environment and landscape, in collaboration with composer JoAnne Maffia, Mariah created A Visitor’s Intimacy of the Now a part of the Documentary Film: ‘The Making of’ Hammer & Rain: Reflections through Time’. A Visitor’s Intimacy of the Now explores improvisation in response to the land, in dialogue with choreographic structure, unearthing the articulate sensing body through the medium of film. The film has been presented at nineteen International Film Festivals receiving awards at the Wicklow ScreenDance Laboratory 2022, Bray, Ireland; Paradise Film Festival, Paris, France; Beyond the Curve International Film Festival, Paris, France; Boden International Film Festival, Boden, Sweden; Indo Singapore International Film Festival, Tamil Nadu, India amongst others.

Mariah is an internationally regarded teacher who is an active professional artist, and seasoned professor at SUNY Brockport. Mariah is passionate about providing dynamic pedagogy, engaging in high impact learning, cultivating critical thinking and education/curiosity around Dance and the Fine Arts.

She has served as a guest artist at Dance Ireland, Dublin, Ireland; Theatre Academy Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; Indabi Dance Festival, Incheon, Korea; Russian Contemporary Dance Festival TSEKH Moscow, Russia; Centre National de la Danse, Paris, France; Tanzplan Dresden Muse 8 Palucca-Schule Dresden, Germany; Ballet National de Marseille Ouverture 1, Marseille, France; La Raffinerie, Brussels, Belgium; Kalamata International Dance Festival, Kalamata, Greece; Charleroi Danses, Charleroi and Brussels, Belgium; Encuentro Internacional De Danza Teatro, Santiago, Chile; Vancouver Ballet Society, Vancouver, Canada; American Dance Festival Summer/Winter Intensive. She has premiered new work at colleges including Columbia College, Chicago; The University of South Florida; Dartmouth College; Ohio University and The University of Maryland Baltimore County. She has taught at Purchase College; NYU; Hunter College; Mount Holyoke College and The University of Utah.

In New York, Mariah has been invited to serve as faculty and guest choreographer at the Mark Morris Dance Center, where she restaged an original choreography, Le Jardin de Vingt Sculptures. Additionally, Mariah has served as guest artist faculty at the Mark Morris Dance Center, leading Intermediate Advanced Contemporary classes as well as student company workshops. Mariah regularly joins the Trisha Brown Dance Company as faculty member, where she leads workshops at venues including Movement Research, Gibney Dance Center, City Center and Peridance Capezio Center. She enjoys working with Movement Research where she has served as moderator for Open Performance and as a Studies Project Critical Correspondence panelist.

Mariah is an Associate Professor at SUNY Brockport, Department of Dance where she works with graduate and undergraduate students in all levels of somatic based modern; composition; improvisation; somatics; seminar and repertory. She serves as chair to MFA thesis projects and BFA honors thesis projects and for over ten years has served as Graduate Program Director and MFA Advisor. Recent grant awards support Mariah’s research and fieldwork in County Clare, Ireland: Provost’s Post Tenure Fellowship, United University Professions grant, and the Scholarly Incentive award.