Robin Harris, Director
Robin Harris is director of the NC State Dance Program, where she also serves as artistic director of the NCSU Dance Company, mentors student choreographers, and teaches dance composition.
A choreographer of over thirty major works, Robin is a recipient of two NC Arts Council Choreographers Fellowships, the Raleigh Medal of Arts, an Indy Award, the 2010 NCAAHPERD University Dance Educator Award, and the 2014 North Carolina Dance Alliance Annual Award. Her work also has been recognized by the American Dance Festival, and has been presented five times in National Galas of the American College Dance Association, including performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and in numerous regional ACDA Gala Concerts. Full evenings of Robin’s work have been presented by NCSU Center Stage and the Southeast Women’s Studies Conference. Additionally, her work has toured four seasons with the North Carolina Dance Festival, and been a featured subject on National Public Radio’s Studio 360.
Robin has served as a guest artist at Washington & Lee University, James Madison University, University of Maryland, Hollins University, and Meredith College. She has also choreographed for Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, including Hair in 2009, Enron in 2011, Brigadoon in 2012, and Civil Rights Through Song in 2014. Robin choreographed Rent for University Theatre at NC State in 2012. Robin is a member of the Burning Coal Theatre Company.
Robin holds a B.A. in french and an M.A. in dance from The Ohio State University, and has received certification from the Dance Notation Bureau as a Labanotation teacher.
Tara Z. Mullins, Assistant Director
Assistant Director of the NC State Dance Program and Artistic Director of Panoramic Dance Project, Tara Zaffuto Mullins has a B.A. in dance from James Madison University and an M.F.A. in dance from Arizona State University.
While at ASU, she received many awards and grants for her research, teaching and choreography including the Faculty Women’s Association Distinguished Master Degree Candidate Award for her work developing arts programs for homeless youth as well as the First Herberger College of Fine Arts Fellowship. Tara has taught at Henrico Center for the Arts, ASU, Mesa CC, St. Catherine’s School, the University of Virginia and most recently was on faculty at the Academy of Arts and Minds in Miami, FL. She has been a guest artist for Radford, JMU, East Central University, the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre among other institutions and companies. Through the years, Tara has performed professionally with a variety of dance companies. After serving as the Educational Programs Director for the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Tara developed her own education and service based Z Mullins Dance Company.
Recently, Tara was featured on State of Things to discuss her creation and development of a civil rights based dance theatre piece, Operation Breadbasket, that Panoramic Dance Project performed at NC State in the spring. PDP has recently been invited by the Justice Theatre Project to perform Operation Breadbasket as part of the NC Museum of History's Black History Month 2015 series.
*photo by Sarah Ferguson