Haila Strauss, M.A., MMC Professor Emerita. Mentor MMC Theatrical Intimacy Education and Direction.
In 2019 the MMC Theatre Department embraced the principles and practices of Theatrical Intimacy Education and Direction and continues to be at the forefront of liberal arts colleges in educating students, faculty and staff in this important new addition to theatre direction. Prof. Strauss, with the support of then Chair, Mary Fleischer, initiated the program and, currently, under the guidance of Chair, Jill Stevenson, mentors the MMC Theatrical Intimacy Education and Direction program.
As a professional choreographer Prof. Strauss staged over 250 dances for New York, Regional Theatres, film, television and the concert stage. Outstanding productions include Paul Green’s Pulitzer Prize Winner The Lost Colony, the Roundabout Theatre’s long-running revival of Harold Rome’s Pins and Needles, the Princeton Triangle Show and Kuni Leml, winner of four Outer Circle Drama Critics’ Awards. For the MMC Theatre Department Prof. Strauss had the marvelous opportunity to stage dances and movement for productions directed by the Theatre Department’s Acting Faculty.
At MMC, for 15 years Prof. Strauss built and served as Director/Choreographer for both the MMC Dance Department and the MMC Dance Company. In addition, Prof. Strauss co-chaired the Musical Theatre Minor for eight years. For the MMC Continuing Education Department Prof. Strauss built and coordinated the Fitness Instructor Certification Program, which for 18 years was the only program of its kind on the East Coast. Currently, Prof. Strauss teaches Movement for Actors for the BFA Acting Program.
As Director of her own enterprise, The Dance Workshop for Actors and Singers, Prof. Strauss coaches performers for Broadway, film and television auditions. Prof. Strauss received her B.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and M.A. in Dance Education from Columbia University. Her most recent award is Backstage Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best dance Teacher.