Choreographer; Dancer; term
Marquita Redd, a Macon, GA native, received a BA in Dance and African American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She performed with Cecil Slaughter’s The Slaughter Project, Philadanco D/2, Project Motion, Ko-Thi Dance Company, and Wild Space Dance Company. She worked as the assistant to the Founder/Artistic Director of Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis, and choreographed “Crowns” the Musical during her tenure at Hattiloo. She also taught dance classes in Memphis, in the Milwaukee Public School system, and for various community outreach programs in St. Louis, Memphis, and Milwaukee. She taught a guest lecture in dance history at UWM. In addition, Marquita is deeply invested in dance research and presenting choreography that provokes dialogue about the spiritual, cultural, and historical significance of dance of the African Diaspora. She choreographed and performed solo work at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Drucker Center in Chicago, the Kenilworth Arts Studios in Milwaukee, and the Tubman Museum in Macon. After returning to Macon in 2014, Marquita founded Redd Arts Company, Incorporated. In 2016, she performed as a guest at the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Dancing Stars of Central Georgia” competition and in Hayiya Dance Theatre’s “Stained Glass” production. After living with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a liver disease, for over 14 years, on December 1, 2016, Marquita received a liver transplant. She is now performing, teaching dance workshops, hosting charitable events, presenting dance performances, and creating dance opportunities in Central Georgia.