Donna Mejia is a choreographer, lecturer, teacher, administrator, director, designer and performer specializing in contemporary dance, traditions of the African and Arab Diaspora, and emerging fusion traditions in Transnational Electronica. This genre provides a rich arena for the study of cultural imperialism, gender representation and electronic/digital globalization. Donna is also an authorized instructor of the Brazilian Silvestre Modern Dance Technique and is the primary person assisting in codifying this esoteric study of dance and the body after 20 years of practice.
For 10 years she was a faculty member at Colorado College and Director of the Colorado College International Summer Dance Festival. For twelve years she served as Managing Director of the award-winning Harambee African Dance Ensemble of CU-Boulder. As a member of Harambee she was awarded the prestigious El Pomar Foundation grant, was featured in the March 1996 issue of Dance Magazine, performed for President Bill Clinton and Nobel Laureate Archbiship Desmond Tutu, and was hailed as the “Best of Boulder” for 3 years.
In October of 2011 she was selected by the Fulbright Association to present the Selma Jeanne Cohen Endowed Lecture for International Dance Scholarship in Dance, notably for her graduate thesis "Digital Diasporas and Transnational Dance Communities: The Effects of the Internet on Identity Formation and Collective Cultural Memory." This award-winning presentation was also selected to open Syracuse University's 2012 Symposium on Public Diplomacy.
Donna was the Guest Artist in Residence for Smith College Dance 2006 through 2009, and has been awarded extended residencies at the Naropa Institute, Mt. Holyoke College, Hampshire College, University of Northern Colorado, Tapei National University of the Arts, Hampshire College, Bucknell University, Colorado State University, Earth Dance, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (three years) and the Bates Dance Festival (two years).
Donna is now completing her Master of Fine Arts degree on full fellowship and balances her time teaching part-time for Smith College, directing the Sovereign Performance Collective, and touring internationally. She consults for several publishers, theatrical productions, community organizations and nonprofits, and has published articles domestically and abroad. Her choreographic commissions and performances continue to generate outstanding critical reviews from print and digital press.