Torya Beard (she/her)
Torya Beard is a New York-based director, creative consultant/strategist, choreographer, educator, and producer specializing in dance and theater. Her curvy professional path reflects a deep curiosity about and belief in the boundless possibilities at the intersection of creativity, artistic expression, and social justice. She studied dance at The University of Michigan and performed with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, David Rousseve/Reality, The Kevin Wynn Collection, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance, Deeply Rooted Chicago Dance Theatre, among others. She toured with the National Tour of Donald Byrd's The Harlem Nutcracker, made her Broadway debut in Disney's The Lion King (swing, dance captain, understudy Sarabi), and was a featured dancer in the film Idelwild. Torya's passion for dance and theatre lead to 15-years in PR & Marketing as Owner/Creative Director of thatgirl006, Inc. Past clients include; Ayodele Casel, Roger C. Jeffrey, Rod Gailes OBC, Evidence, A Dance Company, Savion Glover, Charlotte Brathwaite, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Harlem Stage, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and Tiffany Rea-Fisher. Recent projects: Ayodele Casel + Arturo O'Farrill at The Joyce Theater (Creative Director/Assistant Choreographer), YoungArts (Regional Multidisciplinary Co-Director, NYC 2019, Miami 2020), Jesus Christ Superstar - In Concert (Producer), Idina Menzel 2017 World Tour (Creative Director), Harvard University ArtLab (Arts Administration Consultant, Fall 2019), Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us, commissioned by New York City Center (Co-Curator/Co-director). Torya is Executive Director of A BroaderWay Foundation, Director of Original Tap House, Co-Founder of tall poPpy, Inc., Managing and Creative Director for Ayodele Casel's AyoLives, Inc., Artistic Director at Excellence Community Schools.
Photo by Ayodele Casel