Torya Beard is a New York-based creative consultant, choreographer, and producer specializing in dance and theater. She studied dance at The University of Michigan and toured as a dancer with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, David Rousseve/Reality, The Kevin Wynn Collection, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Deeply Rooted Chicago Dance Theatre, the National Tour of Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker, and was a featured dancer in the film “Idlewild.” Broadway: "Disney’s The Lion King" (swing, dance captain, understudy Sarabi). Favorite regional: "The Wiz," Arkansas Repertory Theater. Select teaching: A BroaderWay Foundation, Salina Arts and Humanities Council, Tokyo School of Music, College of Mount St. Vincent, Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, Hinton Battle Youth Academy and Broadway Classrooms. During the 2017-18 school year, she developed and piloted afterschool & expanded faculty professional development programs as Creative Consultant for Excellence Community Schools in the Bronx, NY.
Her passion for dance and theatre lead to 15 years of promotional work in those areas. Some past and present PR/Marketing clients; Ayodele Casel, Roger C. Jeffrey, Rod Gailes OBC, Evidence, A Dance Company, Savion Glover, Charlotte Brathwaite, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Harlem Stage, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and Tiffany Rea-Fisher.
She currently serves as Director, Programs & External Relations for A BroaderWay Foundation, Director of Original Tap House, Co-Founder of tall poPpy, Inc., Managing and Creative Director of Ayodele Casel's AyoLives, Inc. Torya is a member of Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) and was a member of the City Center Off-Center Encores Artist Board (Seasons 2015, 2016, 2017).
Recent projects: Ayodele Casel's "Diary of A Tap Dancer" (Director), Classical Theatre of Harlem’s “The First Noel” (Associate Choreographer), “While I Have The Floor,” & “Jesus Christ SuperStar - In Concert,” (Producer), Idina Menzel 2017 World Tour (Creative Director), Ayodele Casel’s “While I Have The Floor” (Producer), and City Center Encores! Off-Center production of “Really Rosie” (Assistant Choreographer).
photo: Ayodele Casel