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Join the Touch Compass kōrero with Mark Travis Rivera, award-winning
professional storyteller and social justice champion, contemporary dance
company founder, independent disabled choreographer and wellness
podcaster. He will be sharing his journey in a conversation with the
Touch Compass Artistic Direction panel, where they will compare and
contrast experiences and perspectives of artist leadership as disabled
people of colour. Don't miss this kōrero!
About Mark Travis Rivera:
Mark Travis Rivera is an award-winning professional storyteller––telling stories is at the core of Mark’s purpose in life.
graduate of William Paterson University of New Jersey, Rivera earned a
bachelor’s in women’s & gender studies with a minor in public
relations. In 2013, Rivera received the Student Government Association’s
Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to the William Paterson
community. In the same year, he was honored with the Campus Pride Voice
& Action Award for his work with the LGBTQ community. More recently,
he won the Audre Lorde Award for Social Justice from John Jay College
of Criminal Justice, CUNY.
Rivera is the youngest person to
found an integrated dance company in the United States, marked dance
project, a contemporary company for dancers with and without
disabilities, established in March 2009, made its debut at Rutgers
University. The company has also performed at the Silk City Summer Arts
Festival, the Painted Bride Art Center, the Mandell Theater, the Actor’s
Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY and New York University. Through MDP,
Rivera has worked with choreographers such as Caitlin Trainor, Stacey
Tookey, Todrick Hall, Tyce Diorio, and Marinda Davis.
ten years of remarkable dancing, Rivera decided to dissolve the marked
dance project and continue working as an independent disabled
choreographer. Rivera’s writing has also been published in The Bergen
Record, Herald News, The Star Ledger, Fox News Latino, and The
Huffington Post. His debut collection, Drafts: An Imperfect Collection
of Writing was published in August of 2017 through Amazon. In 2020,
Rivera launched his wellness podcast, Marking The Path, which is
available on Apple Podcast and Spotify.