MaD O'Brien


Boston, Massachusetts

School of DanceFourth-Year Student

maD was raised in Boston, MA, and carries pride in these roots. She spent thirteen years in the Boston Public School system, where her present self and younger mind were molded. She attended the city's only public high school for the arts before auditioning for UNCSA and moving down south.

In high school, she spent three summers at Earl Mosley's Institute for the Arts, and one life-changing summer at Bates Dance Festival. Both EMIA and BDF hold a special place in her heart, and she hopes to return after graduating. Today, maD is researching how she can use dance to nurture healing. She hopes to go into art and social justice work in the future and wants to be a leader in making dance more accessible to all people. She moves between mediums, with her primary ways of art-making being choreography, film, audio building and spoken word. 

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