University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Alumni Awards Evening

Mary M. Cochran

MFA Performing Arts '05 Mary Cochran

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Dance, Barnard College, Columbia

Mary is an internationally known artist with a life-long commitment to contemporary dance.  She has performed or taught on every continent except Antarctica. After traveling as a company member of the renowned Nikolais and Paul Taylor dance companies, she continues to develop as a solo performer, dancing leading and ensemble roles with experimental and new New York companies, restages the work of Paul Taylor, participates in leadership roles in the American College Dance Festival Association and the National Association of Schools of Dance roles, while chairing the  department of Dance at Barnard. In just five short years as Chair she has been acknowledged as having transformed the Dance Department into the best of the Ivy League schools.