Kathleen Hickey, artistic director, choreographer and dancer of Matter of Reaction Movement Project, a modern dance company founded in Chicago, is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is teaching dance at South Loop Elementary School in Chicago Public Schools. Creatively, Hickey has worked closely with sound designer and composer Mark Jamerson, combining improvised dance, sound technology and the Nintendo Wii to develop a continuing exploration in C-Sound technology for Matter of Reaction Movement Project’s repertoire. Hickey uses unconventional methods to create art that pushes the emotional availability and physical limits of her dancers. Her work currently explores the collaborative effort of human connection through improvisational dance scores. Hickey has also facilitated dance improvisation workshops/master classes for teens and young adults. Hickey graduated from Purdue University in 2005 with a BA in Political Science, with minors in dance and women’s studies. While at Purdue, she created and performed with the Purdue Repertory Dance Company. She also has an impressive background in color guard and marching band, winning Bands of America Grand National Championship with Marian Catholic High School in 1997 and 2000.