Marjorie Folkman

Undergraduate Discipline


BA summa cum laude, Barnard College. MA, Columbia University. PhD candidate, Bard Graduate Center, New York City. Member and principal performer with Mark Morris Dance Group (1996-2007), Martha Clarke’s Garden of Earthly Delights (Off Broadway, 2008-2009); member of Merce Cunningham’s Repertory Understudy Group under the direction of Chris Komar; dancer and performer for Richard Colton/Amy Spencer, Neta Pulvermacher, Kraig Patterson, Sally Hess, and Sara Rudner. Recent choreographic projects have included productions for Boston Baroque (Pigmalion and Les Indes Galantes), L’Opéra Français de New York (Faust), Bard SummerScape (Der Ferne Klang and Le Roi Malgré Lui), and collaborations with new music ensemble Contemporaneous. Teaching artist, Lincoln Center Institute; guest artist/instructor, Phillips Academy Andover, George Mason University, Richard Stockton College, North Carolina School of the Arts, Mount Holyoke, and Smith College. Visiting assistant professor in Dance, Language & Thinking and First-Year Seminar, Bard College. SLC, 2013–

Current undergraduate courses

Dance History


This is a course in the history of performance in the United States from the early 20th century to the present, as exemplified by the dancers, choreographers, and teachers who brought about notable changes in the art. The relationship of dance to the larger cultural environment will be discussed, with emphasis placed on the dance of our time. This course is designed to help the student relate his or her own work to the development of the art and to encourage creative critical perception.


Previous courses