Hayley Cutler

Hayley Cutler

Hayley Cutler

Adjunct Professor of Dance, Theatre & Dance Program


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Hayley Cutler (she/her) is a choreographer, performer, artist organizer, and dance educator. She is the founder and Artistic Director of darlingdance, a project-based dance company in its eleventh season, and co-founder of artist neighbor collective, an ongoing curatorial performance project.

As an educator, Hayley works with an incredibly diverse range of populations and abilities. Her teaching reaches from adults with intellectual disabilities to professional dancers to children in transitional housing to university dance majors, and beyond. She is the founder of darlingspace, a holistic youth-focused dance studio.

As a maker and performer, Hayley pushes the boundaries of intimacy and comfort and encourages her audience to expand their notions of what dance making is; she also aims to portray what total autonomy looks like for female bodies in public spaces. Her work has been performed in theaters, art galleries, on basketball courts, at city bus stops, in studio apartments, and in her local CVS. Hayley is a 202Creates Resident Artist alumna and a four-time recipient of a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship. Most recently, she curated the multidisciplinary performance and lecture series KUVV with Washington Project for the Arts, and premiered ANC: SHOW I with artist neighbor collective. Her next choreographic project is a large-scale site-specific work that will be presented by the Kennedy Center in September 2022.