College of Visual and Performing Arts
George Mason University
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Karen Reedy

Director, School of Dance & Associate Professor

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  • 703-993-9767 (office)
  • de Laski Performing Arts Bldg, A300A
    4400 University Drive, MS 3D4
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Director of the School of Dance and an Associate Professor, Ms. Reedy is a choreographer, dancer, and educator. A highly musical artist with strong choreographic sensibilities for pattern, texture and emotion, her works span the continuum of classical and contemporary dance in traditional as well as site specific performance. Her work is often highly collaborative with musicians and visual artists. Ms. Reedy is the founder and artistic director of Karen Reedy Dance, and her choreography is in the repertory of companies and colleges throughout the country. 

As a dancer, Ms. Reedy has performed with The Mark Morris Dance Group, Robert Battle, Eric Hampton Dance, DC Dance Theater, Luis Johnson and Sue Bernhard among others. As a dance educator, Ms. Reedy has been among the faculty at the Juilliard School, The Mark Morris Dance Group, The Washington Ballet and The Chautaqua Institution. 

Ms. Reedy is also a member of the Faculty Senate.


MFA, Dance, George Mason University (2008)

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Appointment: Tenured

Faculty Rank: Associate Professor

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Alexandria Commission for the Arts, 2015

Bossak-Heilbron Charitable Foundation, 2013          

Alexandria Commission for the Arts Organizational Operating Grant, 2013


Honors & Awards

Online Excellence Award 2017. (Open Portfolio Review Spring 2017: Dance Appreciation Fall 2016), Office of Distance Learning, George Mason University.

The Mathy Junior Faculty Award 2014-2015 (A semester sabbatical (Fall 2014) for creative research “Dance for Camera”), George Mason University, College of Humanities and Social Science

Metro Arts Incubator 2012-2013 (Artist in Residence for the creation of Albatross), American Dance Institute

University Life Fellowship: Course release for Spring 2011 This fellowship was for my collaboration with Lauren Long, GMU Director of Student Involvement. Our work together involved planning for a campus-wide Event called the Mason Dance Jam , Mason University Life

Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project 2008. Choreography Commission Sleepwalking. Performed September 11 and 12, 2008, Kennedy Center

The Thomas W. Iszard III Alumni Service Award 2007 , George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts