Edward R. Truitt, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Dance
Office: Mary Moody Northen Hall, Room 153
Truitt is an internationally award-winning choreographer and a Fulbright Senior Specialist. His creative work has been performed in the U.S., France, Japan, Italy and throughout Russia from St. Petersburg to Krasnoyarsk (Siberia). Truitt joined the WTAMU faculty in 2003. He received a master’s degree in dance from the University of Oregon (1996) and a B.F.A. in theatre/dance from the University of Nebraska (1979).
Teaching and Related Service
Truitt teaches ballet technique, jazz dance technique, composition, dance history, senior concert, pas de duex and dance ensemble. He has taught every course in the dance program at WTAMU.
He is a member of Counseil International de la Danse, CORPS de Ballet International,
Phi Beta Delta, Alpha Psi chapter, National Association of Schools of Dance and the
American College Dance Festival Association.
Research and Creative Activity
Truitt choreographs professionally for stage, film and television, and for universities and various dance companies.
Recent international activity includes:
In June 2005 Truitt's "Kinetic Ties" was awarded first place for best contemporary ballet and second place for best overall choreography at the Grand Prix Italia International Dance Festival in Cesena, Italy.
In July 2004 Truitt was invited to present his original ballet “Energy Unbound” in St. Petersburg, Russia. The trip was the subject of a documentary film "Dancing in Russian Air" which aired regionally on PBS.
In June-July 2003 Truitt was invited to present his original work “Misguided Faith…” at the Krasnoyarsk Ballet Opera House and in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the International Festival of Contemporary Dance-Open Look.
Truitt completed his Fulbright teaching in Russia in 2003, where he traveled from St. Petersburg to Siberia by train. The Fulbright gave him the opportunity to set his creative work "Misguided Faith..." on the Kannon Dance Company in St. Petersburg, Russia, and to teach at the International Festival of Contemporary Dance-Open Look. He also consulted on the development of a new dance program in St. Petersburg, Russia, and took part in "Project Distancia", a teaching/performance tour that traveled from St. Petersburg to Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, and Krasnoyarsk (Siberia). "Misguided Faith..." had its Russian premiere at the Krasnoyarsk Ballet Opera House and was repeated to popular acclaim in St. Petersburg. Truitt was the first non-Russian invited to participate with "Project Distancia." He is frequently invited to teach or present his choreography in Russia and has made five trips since 1996.