Caitlyn Schrader is a dance artist, educator, curator, and choreographer. She earned an MFA in Dance (Choreography) from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, an MS from the University of Rochester, and a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She has performed professionally with companies BIODANCE and EgoArt Inc., and for many other independent choreographers. As a mover and maker, she is steeped in the practice of release techniques and rooted in somatic perspectives. Caitlyn has taught extensively within private and public institutions in New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Southern France for professional dancers and non-dancers alike. She strives to use dance as a strategy to construct and invite diverse experiences. Her dance works have taken the hybrid forms of installations, full-length dance works, and series of events conceived as structures for participatory, audience-performer spectatorship and performance. A recurring theme in her choreographic works is to challenge the traditional ways dance is experienced and presented, creating environments that exist between the expected and unexpected. Her live and filmic works have been presented widely across the Northeast, the South, and abroad in Ireland. Caitlyn also looks for ways to empower her community and to present art that connects with audiences beyond traditional contexts. In 2019, she established Barn Dance Project (BDP), purposed to present professional, high-quality, accessible dance works in unconventional spaces and to aid in the art revitalization for the community in which she grew up. In addition to producing individual dance works, she has joined forces with colleague kt williams under the moniker DanSeries Collective; together they make work that explores how dance intersects with life aiming to challenge easy classifications of dance and performance through social provocation and immersive community platforms. At present, she holds the dual-position as Director of Greensboro Project Space, an off-campus art gallery (School of Art), and Director of Community Engagement (College of Visual and Performing Arts), as well as Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Art & Social Practice minor program, all at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.