ABOUT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

NAMED ONE OF 25 TO WATCH IN 2016 BY DANCE MAGAZINe, Caitlin Trainor is a performer, choreographer and the artistic director of Trainor Dance. She is also a member of the faculty at Barnard College/Columbia University. Caitlin grew up in the small town of Scituate, Rhode Island before falling in love with dance during her college years at Skidmore.  She received her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, CA before moving to New York City and performing for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Seán Curran and Tina Croll. She acted as assistant choreographer to Mr. Curran and site-specific choreographer Stephan Koplowitz, contributing to the creation of Koplowitz’s (in)formations at Lincoln Center.   

Trainor has taught at American Ballet Theatre, Dance City (Newcastle, England), Montclair State University, American College Dance Festival, and Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to creating work on Trainor Dance, Caitlin has choreographed new work on Nacre Dance Company (Albany, NY), Polaris Dance (Portland, OR), the students of Northumbria University (Newcastle, England), Providence College (RI), Murray State University (GA), and Kennesaw State University (GA). 

Trainor is currently a mentor and teacher at Rosie’s Theater Kids, a non-profit organization founded by Rosie O’Donnell that provides dance, theater, music and life skills to kids who wouldn’t otherwise have access.  Created in partnership with the kids and visual artist Hyunyoung Kim, Trainor’s Bloomland premiered at the Rosie’s Theater Kids annual Passing It On event.  Other notable collaborations include the creation of ARTificial intellidance with computer scientist Apoorv Agarwal, a project that uses dance to explain a relatively sophisticated machine learning paradigm, and Talk radio with costumes by famed designer Christian Siriano.  

On artistic sojourn in the U.K. in 2011, Caitlin co-founded fresh, an ongoing forum for the development, sharing and discussion of new work for regional dance artists and audiences, and presented multiple events in conjunction with Northumbria University and Darlington Arts Center. In 2013, Caitlin was selected as one of 10 artists from around the globe to be a resident at Dance Omi, and she has received support from New York Foundation for the Arts.  She was a nominee for the Emily Gregory teaching award at Barnard College, a student selected teaching distinction, and is continually humbled by watching students unfold. Her current work focuses on the questions of immediacy and inevitability in art with particular interest in game based structures and audience determined outcomes.