Kate Stamper Sullivan graduated in March 2005 with a double major in neuroscience and dance and continues work in both fields. After performing with the Dance Company of Middlebury in the spring of 2005, Kate moved to New York City as a student at NYU Tisch Summer Intensive working with guest artists David Dorfman and Company, Sean Curran and Company, and Ronald K. Brown and Company.
Later Kate shifted focus to her professional pursuits in neuroscience and worked as an autism research assistant at the Seaver & NY Autism Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Concurrently participating in part-time dance opportunities, she performed in the following pieces: the “Birdhouse Project” with Middlebury alumni at Solar One Stage Styvesant Cove Park; “48 Person Precision Ball Passing” under the direction of Charles Moulton at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival; and “Play the Dance” under the direction of Erin Malley and performed at Dance Theatre Workshop’s Showing Series and at Chashama Window at 42nd Street and 35th Street in the OASIS Festival.
Kate will complete her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Child Clinical Psychology with a year-long internship at UCLA beginning summer 2012. Her specialty is in autism research and the effects of experience on early brain development. She hopes to integrate aspects of mind and body and scientifically quantify the benefits of creative, aesthetic, and psychotherapeutic interventions as they relate to autism.