Art by Marybeth Tereszkiewicz


My life as an artist has had many facets: dancer, actor, director, choreographer, visual artist, performance artist, and teacher. For over 20 years, I performed professionally as a dancer.  Dance is at the core of all my creations. The visceral experience of expressing emotions through the body is the fuel behind all of my work. In whichever avenue of expression I am working, I always place equal focus on the same three aspects: dynamic energy/movement, vibrant composition, and compelling narrative.  

I have a Masters of Education in the Arts and serve as Director of the School of Art Education at the Academy of Art University. Throughout all my education and experiences, my pursuit has always been to improve the lives of individuals, schools, and communities—both locally and globally—through art education. In 2012-13, I created, developed, and directed the “Tree of Life Arts Program” in rural Kwa- Zulu Natal, South Africa. In 2016-17, I was invited to present on the topic of Contemporary Art Education at International Art Education forums held in Hangzhou and Beijing, China. In 2017, I was chosen by the California State Teaching Commission to be the Lead Assessor for the K-12 Art Teaching Credential.

New and current work can be seen on my Instagram account: @visual_dancer

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Photo/Graphic design by Kevin Garvin