Donna Faye Burchfield has been a professor and director of the School of Dance at the University of the Arts since 2010. In May of 2014, she received a distinguished honorary fellowship from Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. The award is given to distinguished artists whose artistic and educational visions have made a remarkable contribution to the fields of music and dance. Beginning in 2012, she formed a working relationship with the artistic and administrative staff at the Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia as an artistic advisor. Upon her relocation to Philadelphia, she served on the Dance/USA Philadelphia’s Advisory Committee and as a co-chair for the national conference for Dance/USA (June 2013). She also co-chaired and hosted at UArts the Society for Dance History Scholars conference: Dance and the Social City (June, 2012).
Before arriving at UArts, she worked with the American Dance Festival (ADF) for two decades, serving as dean of the international school from 2000 to 2010. While at the ADF, she developed curriculum, managed international exchange programs, hired and recruited festival faculty, lead national and international school recruitment efforts; all in addition to developing and teaching a multitude of courses. As a professor of dance at Hollins University (HU) from 1993 to 2010, she developed and directed the HU/ADF MFA (a first of its kind program), as well as the Post-Baccalaureate and combined BA/BFA degree programs in collaboration with the ADF. While at Hollins, she received the Herta Freitag Faculty Legacy Award for Distinguished Service and was a nominee for the Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year Award.
In 2006, she was received the North Carolina School for the Arts Outstanding Teacher in Performance Award for contributions to the dance program at NCSA and the state of North Carolina. She has served on a multitude of panels and organizations around the globe in support of dance and the arts throughout her career. She has represented the U.S. at numerous international dance platforms and conferences including International Festival de Danse Cannes. Her in-depth study and teaching of dance in countries around the world include Tunisia, Italy, China, Hong Kong, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Cuba. She managed, designed and curated the teaching platforms, and taught for the ADF International Linkages in Moscow (U.S. State Department supported, 2000), Seoul and Shanghai. Burchfield holds a BFA and MFA from Texas Christian University where she studied with Jerry Bywaters Cochran.