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 “Idlewild” starring Outkast. 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.
An intense passion for dance and theatre lead to 15 years of promotional work in those areas. Past and present pr/marketing clients include; Ayodele Casel, Roger C. Jeffrey, Rod Gailes OBC, Evidence, A Dance Company, Savion Glover, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Harlem Stage, and Tiffany Rea-Fisher.
She serves as Creative Director at A BroaderWay Foundation and Original Tap House, and Creative Strategist & Producer at Siena Music. Torya is a member of Brooklyn Dance Festival's Advisory Board and the City Center Off-Center Encores Artist Board.
Recent projects: New York City Center Off-Center Encores! production of Really Rosie (Assistant Choreographer), Ayodele Casel's “While I Have The Floor” (Producer), Idina Menzel 2017 World Tour (Creative Director), "Jesus Christ Superstar - In Concert,” (Producer), Harlem Stage, E-Moves 18 (Press Consultant).
photo: Ayodele Casel