Cracking the Surface of Possibility


Mark Travis Rivera is a choreographer, writer, public speaker and advocate who lives in the world of intersectionality. Latino, gay, gender-non conforming and disabled, Mark’s life is a testament to how much agency a young person can have. In fact, the 26-year-old holds the distinction of being the youngest person to found an integrated dance company in the United States, marked dance project. In this episode of DanceCast, Mark shares the ins and outs of his life, as well as what still needs to be done to ensure equal access and opportunity.


Mark Travis Rivera

Mark Travis Rivera is an award-winning activist, choreographer, dancer, speaker and writer. Raised in Paterson, New Jersey, Rivera learned to overcome the struggles that stem from being Latino, gay, gender non-conforming (femme) and disabled. Mark is the youngest person to found an integrated dance company in the United States. Established in March 2009, marked dance project is a contemporary-modern company for dancers with and without disabilities.  The company has performed at Rutgers University, the Silk City Summer Arts Festival, the Painted Bride Art Center, the Mandell Theater, the Actor’s Fund Arts Center and New York University. 

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