#a11yArts International Creative Leadership Series with Professional Storyteller Mark Travis Rivera

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Join the Touch Compass kōrero with Mark Travis Rivera, award-winning professional storyteller and social justice champion, contemporary dance company founder, independent disabled choreographer and wellness podcaster. Mark will be sharing his journey in a conversation with the Touch Compass Artistic Direction panel, where they will compare and contrast experiences and perspectives of artist leadership as disabled people of colour. Don't miss this kōrero!

About Mark Travis Rivera:
Mark Travis Rivera is an award-winning professional storyteller––telling stories is at the core of Mark’s purpose in life.

A graduate of William Paterson University of New Jersey, Rivera earned a bachelor’s in women’s & gender studies with a minor in public relations. In 2013, Rivera received the Student Government Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to the William Paterson community. In the same year, he was honored with the Campus Pride Voice & Action Award for his work with the LGBTQ community. More recently, he won the Audre Lorde Award for Social Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

Rivera is the youngest person to found an integrated dance company in the United States, marked dance project, a contemporary company for dancers with and without disabilities, established in March 2009, made its debut at Rutgers University. The company has also performed at the Silk City Summer Arts Festival, the Painted Bride Art Center, the Mandell Theater, the Actor’s Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY and New York University. Through MDP, Rivera has worked with choreographers such as Caitlin Trainor, Stacey Tookey, Todrick Hall, Tyce Diorio, and Marinda Davis.

After ten years of remarkable dancing, Rivera decided to dissolve the marked dance project and continue working as an independent disabled choreographer. Rivera’s writing has also been published in The Bergen Record, Herald News, The Star Ledger, Fox News Latino, and The Huffington Post. His debut collection, Drafts: An Imperfect Collection of Writing was published in August of 2017 through Amazon. In 2020, Rivera launched his wellness podcast, Marking The Path, which is available on Apple Podcast and Spotify.

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