Winthrop University: CVPA Faculty and Staff Profile - Schriffen, Meg

Name:  Meg Schriffen
Title:  Associate Professor of Dance and Dance Program Director
Education:  M.F.A., Choreography and Performance, Florida State University
B.A., Dance Education, Winthrop University
Office:  229 Johnson Hall   
Phone:  803/323-4496
Area(s):  Modern Technique, Ballet Technique, Introduction to Dance, Choreography, Dance Pedagogy, Winthrop Dance Theatre, and Dance Education Coursework

Schriffen began her early dance training in Ashland, Ohio, at Opus II Dance Studio and with the Opus Dance Company (now Ashland Regional Ballet), under the direction of Hellie Schussler. She performed principal roles in The Firebird, The Nutcracker, The Rite of Spring, and The Sleeping Beauty. Schriffen also traveled to perform at Regional Dance America with the company. She had the opportunity to work with choreographers Cecil Slaughter from Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Joseph Glowik, former dancer with the Cleveland Ballet. She also attended summer dance intensives at Ballet Metropolitan and University of South Carolina's Summer Dance Institute as a young dancer. After her graduation from Winthrop with a B.A. in dance education, Schriffen taught dance at Camden Elementary of the Arts for two years before becoming head of the Dance Department at Thomas Sumter Academy. While teaching, she also performed and choreographed for the Sumter Civic Dance Company. She also was a member of the Power Company in Columbia, S.C., where she performed works by Lisa Wheeler, Sean Curran, Alison Tipton, and Martha Brim. Schriffen was an active member of the Sumter County Cultural Commission, bringing dance artists into the area for classes, lecture demonstrations, and performances including bringing Ailey II.

While enrolled as a graduate student at Florida State University, she was an active member of Dance Repertory Theatre (DRT) and assisted director Lynda Davis with company business, rehearsals, and organizing the DRT Community Link performance for students in Leon County Schools. While in DRT, Schriffen also performed in pieces by many guest choreographers including, Terry Creach, Bruce Wood, Jawole Zollar, Gerri Houlihan, and Nancy Smith Fichter. She performed works by Lynda Davis, Anthony Morgan, Patty Phillips, and Rick McCullough during her time at FSU. She taught for the General Studies Program at FSU, teaching multiple levels of jazz, beginning ballet, and contemporary. Schriffen had the distinct honor of working closely with Dan Wagoner as one of her mentors for her thesis concert. She also performed in master works including Martha Graham's "Steps in the Street" from Chronicle in fall 2006. She also served as rehearsal director and a performer in Paul Taylor's Esplanade in April 2007. She has performed and had her choreography showcased at the American College Dance Festival, the Charlotte Dance Festival, and in several Piccolo Spoleto Festivals.

Schriffen is active in the dance community in Charlotte, N.C., with the Charlotte Dance Festival, and as an independent performer in various festivals around the region. Schriffen has also been on faculty for the Staibdance Summer Dance Intensive in Sorrento, Italy each summer, teaching, choreographing and performing with the Staibdance Company. Most recently she has begun dancing with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Charlotte, a sister company of Bodiography Contemporary Ballet out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Schriffen also recently became certified in Bodiography Fitness and Strength Training System. The system is geared for the fitness and strength training needs of professional and pre-professional ballet dancers. She looks forward to bringing the workout to the students at Winthrop.

Last updated by houghw 08/27/2020

Last Updated: 8/27/20