Mauriah Donegan Kraker (she/her)

A light skinned woman with short brown hair and bangs twists upper body and crosses arms. Her head is turned, looking over her left shoulder. She is dressed in a purple top and orange gold pants. the photo is lit from the right corner, stage lights gently illuminating her body.
Campus Address
Music-Drama Center
Room 97
Theatre Arts
Lecturer of Dance

Mauriah Donegan Kraker is a Midwesterner, a collaborative performance maker, a long-distance walker primarily invested in slow travel: walking around the block and through the city as a means of attending to choreographic unfolding of time cycles in the body + land.

Mauriah has toured and taught at universities and cultural centers throughout the US and Europe, teaching movement workshops that draw on sounding, walking, improvisatory movement and outdoor practices. Her background in athletics (competing as an Olympic-level athlete/named athlete of the year by USA Gymnastics, touring around the world with Pilobolus Dance Company, and being raised in a family that walked and biked everywhere) is a driver in the creation of physical performance works that live somewhere in the realms of dancing and walking. 

Mauriah holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving scholarship for outstanding performance, the Wanda M. Nettl Prize for Choreography with collaborator Leah Wilks (l+m), while serving as the director of the Children’s Dance Community Program. For the past decade, Mauriah has worked with Wild Space Dance Company as a dancer and an Artistic Associate. In 2018, she danced alongside Jennifer Monson, premiering the critically acclaimed duet bend the even at The Chocolate Factory in New York.

Mauriah loves sharing movement within the greater Milwaukee community. Utilizing storytelling, visual arts, and dance, she facilitates art + imagination filled experiences in children’s dance, intergenerational communities, and memory care spaces.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MFA in Choreography + Dance
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, BFA in Dance
Years at Lawrence
2021- present