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Carla Peterson

Published April 15, 2015

Carla Peterson
MANCC Director, Research Faculty
School of Dance



Carla Peterson was appointed Director of Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University’s School of Dance in Tallahassee, Florida in May 2014 after serving as Artistic Director of New York Live Arts (2011–2014) and of Dance Theater Workshop (2006–2011). Previously, she served as Executive Director of Movement Research, an internationally recognized dance laboratory in New York City (2002–2006), as both Managing Director of the National Performance Network and Director of The Suitcase Fund at Dance Theater Workshop (1993–1996) and as Assistant Performing Arts Director at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (1988–1993).

She has worked widely as a freelance arts consultant with artists, not-for-profit arts organizations and foundations and continues to serve on national dance and performing arts panels. She received a 2005 “Bessie “ (New York Dance and Performance Award) in recognition of her leadership at Movement Research and service to the dance community. In 2012, she was made a Chevalier de L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres by the French government. She currently serves on the boards of Movement Research and Mount Tremper Arts. She holds an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University and a B.S. from the University of Illinois.


Master of Fine Arts, Ohio State University
Bachelor of Arts, University of Illinois

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MANCC Director