Honored Recipient of the Senior Faculty Award 2013
Professor Catherine Mapp directs the Dance Studies Program and curates and directs the Iona College Dance Ensemble both of which she pioneered at the college.
Her career in dance performance and choreography includes featured solo performances throughout the USA as well as membership in many New York City based dance companies. Professor Mapp's choreographic works have been presented Downtown/NYC Arts Festival at Gallery Henoch and Joyce Soho, 550 Broadway Festival, Irvington Town Hall Theatre, Joseph Papp's Public Theatre, Carnegie Recital Hall, Dixon Place Theatre, Portland Performing Arts Center, the Riverside Arts Festival and the Universal Jazz Coalition Central Park Dances among other venues.
At Iona, Professor Mapp has created over thirty-five choreographic works for performance on student artist dancers both in Iona's Christopher J. Murphy Auditorium and related community venues. In spring 2014, she will produce The Choreography Project featuring student choreographers with guest artists from the New York City dance scene.
She created the innovative Art at Noon
and Art after Noon Series
of Performance Events and has produced numerous guest artists on these and other concerts. Artists include dancers from the New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Merce Cunningham R.U.G.S Dancers, Martha Graham II Dancers, Peter Pucci and Dancers, Jennifer Conley, Kuan Hui Chew, Kitty Lunn/ Infinity Dance, Catherine Tharin and dancers, Ze'eva Cohen, Claire Porter, Belinda McGuire, Rebecca Stenn, Jody Sperling, Amador/Oakes Dance Collective, Bill Young and Dancers, Paul Taylor II Dancers, Max Pollak/Rumba Tap, Parul Shah Kathak Dance and Zvidance.
She produced and curated the photography exhibit of Barbara Morgan's iconic images of the pioneering Martha Graham Dance Company for Iona College. The exhibit with accompanying text became the featured image on the back cover of the prestigious Chronicle of Higher Education.
As FPA Chairperson from 2006-2013 she designed the FPA Minor Programs with concentration in dance, music, theatre and visual arts and promoted the development of varied course offerings in music, theatre, dance and visual arts - each with a focus on expanding student awareness and knowledge of the intellectual, cultural and moral history of the human experience as realized in aesthetic, creative expression.
She is co-author of the initial document for International Baccalaureate Curricula in dance. Professor Mapp was honored with the Hugh J. McCabe Memorial Award for Social Justice for her remarkable Performers for Peace Series on Diversity-- Unique Voices, Common Language-- and has been repeatedly selected for Who's Who in American Teachers. She is featured in the 2010-2012 editions of Who's Who in America
and the 2011-2013 editions of Who's Who in the World
Professor Mapp holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary in 'Artistic Expression through Literature and Dance' and an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College in Arts in Education, Dance.