Molly W. Schenck (she/her) is an independent performing and visual artist, an educator in the arts, health, and wellness fields, and the founding artistic director of Grey Box Collective (GBC).
As an independent (and introverted) artist, she takes time to create solo-performances where she can investigate the intersections of arts, technologies, and expressions.
When directing for Grey Box Collective, she creates interdisciplinary performances about social and emotional wellbeing. She has focused her creative efforts in staging performances about sexual violence since 2007. From this work, she has developed a Trauma Informed Creative Practices and Compassion Focused Devising methodologies.
She has presented at annual conferences including the National Dance Educators Organization, Network of Ensemble Theatres, Dance Research of Ireland, and Schools and Colleges for Preventative Education. Additionally, her work has been presented at the Boulder Fringe Festival, Grand Canyon University, Orange Theatre Group, Conder/Dance Breaking Ground Series, Mesa Arts Center, and nue[BOX].
She has earned an MFA in Dance, a M. Ed. in Higher Education, and a BA in Theatre. Additional recent trainings related to her arts work include: The Kennedy Center’s Teaching Artist Program, Creativity and Leadership at Mesa Arts Center, and Trauma Support Specialist training with the Arizona Trauma Institute.
She is an adjunct arts faculty member at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, and Mesa Community College where she teaches a variety of courses in dance, the arts, and personal/professional development.
Outside of education and the arts, she is a NASM certified personal trainer, 200-hour registered yoga teacher, and ACE group fitness instructor. She has been working in the fitness industry since 2010. She primarily teaches mindbody based fitness classes where she integrates her arts training with functional fitness.
She is currently completing the Body Mind Dancing Teaching Certificate and Dynamic Embodiment trainings with Dr. Martha Eddy to become Certified in Somatic Movement Education & Therapy.
More information available from this interview with Voyage Magazine.