Kat Nasti, Artistic Director
Kathleen Nasti received her BA in Classical Studies and Theatre (Dance Emphasis) from Dickinson College, MFA from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and MBA from Lehigh University. She has danced with Alyce Finwall Dance Theatre, Lisa Giobbi Movement Theatre, Scott Lyons, Jerry Mitchell, Skip Costa, Giada Ferrone, Lars Rosager, Edward Augustyn, 1,000 Virtues Dance, Zoe Dance, Reggie Wilson, Daniel McCusker and Max Stone, among others. She was also a dancer with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Swing Dance America, American Dance Machine and performed in the MIT Centennial Performance organized by Pilobolus. She has taught at Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College, Dean College, the University of Scranton, Temple University, Dickinson College; and, currently, at Providence College. She has also taught at American College Dance Festivals and PA Governor’s School for the Arts; and served as the Director of the Muhlenberg College Community Dance and Pilates Center.
She has presented her choreography at many venues and institutions across the east coast including: Muhlenberg College, Dickinson College, Marlboro College, Providence College, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, American College Dance Festival, Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex, First Night Boston, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Island Moving Company, Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange, Steps on Broadway, TEDx Lafayette, APAP Showcase – City Center, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Mills Gallery, and the Institute for Contemporary Art, among others.
She is a founder and original director of the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange (LVDE), Tracks//Where will dance take you? touring platform, and Arc Dance Lab and Residency Program. Nasti is also an experienced administrator for the arts and education, having served as The Executive Director for the Department of Research and Graduate Studies at Lehigh University, The Executive Director of the Muhlenberg College Community Dance Program, and The Interim Executive Director of Green Street Studios. She also served as the Sustainability Coordinator for Recycling and Composting at Sharon Public Schools, where she used the arts to educate/inspire K-12 students about Environmentalism.
She has been published by the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and presented at CORD/SDHS. She is a 2017-2018 Next Steps for Boston Dance Artist (Funded by the Aliad Fund and the Boston Foundation) and has received support for her choreography from NEFA, James Spriggs Charitable Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council - Sharon Cultural Council, and Lehigh Valley Arts.
She is an avid traveler and spent 2012/2013 living in Korea and China, where she studied Mandarin and Traditional Korean Dance Forms and spent 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Certifications and Specializations:
Pilates Mat and Apparatus (Kane School of Core Integration, NYC)
Pilates for Dancers (Kane School of Core Integration, NYC)
Project Management Certificate (Lehigh University)
Irene Down Certification in Helix Choreography (NYC)