Faculty & Staff

Gerald Casel

I see the transformative power of dance and the opportunity for continued improvement to our communities by bringing people together to move and to express the diversity of cultures through vibrant expression in movement.

Degrees & Accomplishments
MFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BFA in Dance, The Juilliard School

Gerald Casel (he/they/siya) is professor and chair of the Dance Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He is a dance artist, equity activator, and antiracist educator. As artistic director of GERALDCASELDANCE, his choreographic work complicates and provokes questions surrounding colonialism, collective cultural amnesia, whiteness, and privilege and the tensions between the invisible/perceived/obvious structures of power. Casel has been a faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, California State University Long Beach, and University of California Santa Cruz where he also served as the provost of Porter College. A graduate of The Juilliard School with an MFA in performance and choreography from UW-Milwaukee, he received a New York Dance and Performance Award “Bessie” for sustained achievement for his work in the companies of Stephen Petronio, Michael Clark, Stanley Love, Zvi Gotheiner, Sungsoo Ahn, and The Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Casel is the founder of Dancing Around Race, an ongoing community engaged-participatory process that interrogates systemic racial inequity in dance.