Maura Garcia is a dancer/choreographer who collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. She is fascinated by stories that have been hidden and the unexpected connections that arise when they are rediscovered. Originally from North Carolina, Maura is an Indigenous woman (Cherokee/ Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to all of her work. She specializes in multi-media, one-woman shows involving audience participation and community members as performers. Concerns about the perpetuation of Cherokee life-ways, the environment and social justice underlie her creations. Maura uses her art to empower, to form connections, to uplift Indigenous cultural values and to explore the rhythms of the natural world.
Powerful, illuminating and emotionally engaging…” Jim Julien, Managing Director, Asheville Fringe Festival
2014 Inspiration Grant Grantee – ArtsKC
2013 Rebellion Fellowship Grantee – Jewish Community Center
2011 Guest Artist – University of North Carolina, Department of Dramatic Art
2010 Urban Culture Projects Studio Residency – Charlotte Street Foundation