A collaborator by nature and practice, Paloma has worked extensively with her sister, director Patricia McGregor, as well as with Niegel Smith, multidisciplinary artists Mendi+Keith Obadike and LaTasha Nevada Diggs, musician/cultural critic Greg Tate and environmental educator Damian Griffin.
Paloma is director of Angela’s Pulse, which creates and produces collaborative performance work dedicated to building community and illuminating bold, new stories. Paloma’s work has been supported by grants and creative residencies from the Jerome Foundation; iLAND; Earthdance; Wave Hill; Voice & Vision; Dance Exchange; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Foundation for Contemporary Art. Paloma is a 2014-15 Artist In Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where she will develop a solo iteration of her iterative performance project, Building A Better Fishtrap. The project, rooted in her 88-year-old father’s vanishing fishing tradition, examines what we take with us, leave behind and return to reclaim.
Paloma has also been creating movement for theater, including productions of Spunk and A Winter’s Tale (California Shakespeare Theater), A Civil War Christmas and Amadeus (Center Stage), the world-premiere of The House that Will Not Stand (Berkeley Repertory and Yale Repertory), and Brownsville Song (LCT3).
In addition to her creative work, Paloma has been developing Dancing While Black, an initiative that supports the diverse work of black dance artists by cultivating platforms for process, performance, dialogue and documentation. She does this work in partnership with like-minded institutions, including Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Urban Bush Women, MoCADA and NYU’s Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, where she was a 2013 Artist in Residence. Paloma has also written about dance and civic engagement for Surdna Foundation and Americans for the Arts, as well as facilitated numerous workshops for organizations interested in the intersection of arts and activism.
Paloma toured internationally for six years as a dancer with Urban Bush Women, and continues to perform in her own work as well as project-based work with other choreographers, including Liz Lerman, Cassie Meador and Jill Sigman.
Other directing credits include Holding it Down with Grammy Award Nominee Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd at Harlem Stage, In the Cypherat the Drilling Company, Girl Shake Loose Her Skin with Sonia Sanchez, Zakiyyah Alexander and Imani Uzuri, Jelly’s Last Jam, Romeo and Juliet, Four Electric Ghosts, Cloud Tectonics, Eleemosynary, The French Play, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Sidewalk Opera, Dancing in the Dark, The Covering Skyline, In the Meantime.
She has worked at venues including Broadway, NYSF Shakespeare in the Park, BAM, Second Stage, The Public Theater, The Kitchen, The O’Neill, Lincoln Center Institute, Exit Art, and Nuyorican Poetry Cafe. She co-founded Angela’s Pulse with her sister, choreographer Paloma McGregor. Angela’s Pulse creates vital choreoplays and fosters collaboration among artists, educators, organizers, academics and other diverse communities in order to illuminate under told stories, infuse meaning into the audience experience and animate progress through the arts. Patricia attended the Yale School of Drama where she was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and Artistic Director of the Yale Cabaret.
Marýa curated the Out of Space @ BRIC Studio series for Danspace Project from 2003-2007 with a particular focus on work representing the perspectives and experiences of artists who are of color, queer, and/or female. She has served on selection panels for several presenting and funding organizations in NY and nationally, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Brooklyn Arts Council, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and as an Advisor to NEFA’s National Dance Project program. She has served as a guest lecturer for presenting/service organizations and college/university dance programs in the tristate area, including NYU, Ailey Fordham, Hunter College, Movement Research, Harlem Stage, and Dance/NYC, as well as Mount Holyoke College and ACDF at Connecticut College. Marýa was a member of the New York Dance & Performance/Bessie Award Committee in 2006-07. Her writing, UnCHARTed Legacies: women of color in post-modern dance, was published in the 25th Anniversary Movement Research Performance Journal #27/28 (2004).
Marýa is a recipient of a National Performance Network Mentorship & Leadership award and two APAP Cultural Exchange Fund grants to support research and planning trips to Tanzania & Kenya and Bulgaria.
As a dancer, she has worked with luciana achugar, Deborah Hay, Daria Faïn, Faye Driscoll and Yanira Castro. Her own work has been supported by The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, Movement Research, BAAD, The Yard, and Kelly Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh, PA).
Marýa graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with High Honor, cum laude and a Minor in African-American Studies.
In that light, PURPOSE Productions offers project management and production support to artists and activists who unify (Umoja); who self-determine (Kujichagulia); who work collectively with a responsibility to their greater community (Ujima); who support cooperative economics amongst that community (Ujamaa); and who create purposefully and faithfully (Kuumba, Nia, Imani). Services vary widely, from marketing to fundraising to general administrative support, but are all centered around the goal of supporting a foundation that allows these artists/activists to create their greatest work.
While Kwanzaa focuses on the African-American community, PURPOSE Productions seeks to support and engage a world community joined by the common thread of humanity.
Learn more at PURPOSEproductions.org.