Associate Chair, Producer
Lea Marshall, Assistant Professor, has worked with VCU Dance since the spring of 2004. From 2005-2011 she served as Producer/Publicist, and from 2011-2012 she served as Assistant Chair. She served as Interim Chair from 2012-2014.
Lea has worked as a producer and arts administrator since 1999, serving as co-founder and Executive Director of Ground Zero Dance (GZD) for 13 years, and as an administrative consultant for Dogtown Dance Theatre. During her tenure with GZD, Lea secured funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, among others, and produced the work of local, regional and national choreographers in a range of venues. Her development achievements at VCU Dance include securing grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New England Foundation for the Arts – National Dance Project; the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation; Dance/USA’s National College Choreography Initiative; and other public and private sources in support of the Department’s guest artist program. Lea serves on the board of the American College Dance Association, and as a Visiting Evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Dance.
Lea received a BA in English from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Creative Writing – Poetry from VCU. Her creative writing has appeared in Thrush, Unsplendid, B O D Y, Hayden’s Ferry Review, diode poetry journal, and elsewhere. Lea received a 2013 Pushcart Prize nomination from Broad Street Magazine, and most recently, published a chapbook with Dancing Girl Press.
Lea is a fellow of VCU’s 2015 Institute for Inclusive Teaching, and a member of the 2015 VCU Recruitment Inclusive Champions program. She has recently joined the core leadership team of VCU iCubed program’s Racial Equity, Arts and Culture initiative.
At VCU Dance, teaching areas include senior project, business of dance, and dance criticism, in addition to cross-disciplinary courses such as “Synesthesia: Exploring Process Across Disciplines,” and “Photopoetics”, a graduate seminar linking photography with poetry.