Meg Paul brings a wealth of significant professional experience in ballet and Broadway performance, as well as in teaching at the national level and has worked closely with important dance pioneers and choreographers in the field; from the repertoire and artistic direction of Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey, to works by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Dwight Rhoden, and Alonzo King. Her thirty-year career encompasses a wide range of national and international experience in performance, choreography, directing, teaching, program development, community engagement, and arts management.
From 1983-1994 she was a principal dancer with the world- renowned Joffrey Ballet, including vast national and international touring credits with the company. For Twyla Tharp’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Movin’ Out, she served as dance captain and lead performer from 2001-2005. Her extensive credentials are of the highest caliber and her awards include The Princess Grace Award, winner of The International Dance Competition of the Americas, Detroit Renaissance Hero Award, Sue Nine Endowment for Faculty Achievement Award, and the Copperfoot Award.
Co-founder of World Arts Inc., Ms. Paul’s New York City based performing arts agency celebrated a decade of representing and producing tours for national and international companies including Nacho Duato’s Compania Nacional De Danza, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Grand Ballets Canadian, Dance Cuba, Les Ballets Africains, The Washington Ballet, and more.
Ms. Paul has choreographed dozens of original dance works at the collegiate level and for professional dance companies. Her piece, seed, made for the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, was selected for the National American College Dance Association gala performance at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., 2015.
"Through a deeply layered movement vocabulary that was executed with power, grace, and artistry, the choreography evoked The Rite of Spring, and felt like a fabulous update to the classic dance after the master work’s recent centenary, while being a wholly new and interesting piece of dance in its own right."- ACDA East Central Adjudicators
Especially successful bridging her many years in the professional realm with her outstanding work in higher education dance, Ms. Paul has taught a wide range at the university level since 2007. Since her full-time appointment in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance in 2010, Ms. Paul has curated and directed the department’s highly successful Detroit Complexions Summer Intensive and the department’s Dance Workshop company. Currently, Ms. Paul is Director of Dance for the department and serves as the BFA advisor and coordinator of dance recruitment and ballet curriculum.
She has developed considerable connections in the Detroit metropolitan dance community and has curated and directed National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, which engaged hundreds of local performers and pre-professionals to train and perform with ballet and Broadway professionals. For her work on National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, Meg was honored as a Detroit Renaissance Hero by the Detroit Free Press.