In my many years of working in education, administration, and performing arts, I have rarely encountered such a natural gift of organization, and exemplary work ethic fused with the brilliancy of artistic delivery. Torya Beard is always willing to offer her assistance and has an excellent rapport with numerous constituents and stakeholders, clients, and other professional organizations linked to the community at-large.
As Dance Captain of The Lion King and as an educator, Torya’s sense of integrity is inspiring. She has always maintained a refreshing appetite for knowledge and personal application. Her manner is easy going and introspective, but she is a taskmaster and exacts the highest standards from everyone she works with. It is important to know that she works well with artists at different stages of their creative processes and with students of every age. As a guest artist at Dean College, she was able to encourage the students to think about what she was sharing, and then how to apply that knowledge in a constructive and useful way that would eventually give voice to their own thoughts and ideas.
In a time when uncertainty of thought has disabled a generation of educational and artistic practitioners, Torya Beard is a breath of hope that has escaped the linear superficial norms of today. Her approaches to art-making and critical discourse are much more contextual with respect to the latitude of her métier. Ms. Beard is an enviable resource deserving of acknowledgment and held as an elite standard for all who wish to go beyond the melancholy and venture into the extraordinary. - Gregory King, Assistant Professor of Dance at Kent State University, Artistic Director, Kent Dance Ensemble