Bright-Holland Bio

Alycia Bright Holland, MFA, CMT is an educator, performer, choreographer, director and activist. Currently, Bright Holland works in the Performing Arts Department at ECSU as Assistant Professor of Theater, with an Acting/Movement emphasis. Bright Holland is also the Artistic Director of WUMALA: West African Dance Ensemble, a semi-professional dance group comprised of ECSU students who wish to continue their dance studies and share their passion of Guinea-based dance & music with the University and greater Connecticut area.


In addition to extensive work with the ECSU community, Bright Holland has taught as an independent teaching artist/artist-in-residence throughout Connecticut and New York states, including stints with Connecticut College’s Dance Department, Billings Forge Community Works and Hobart & William Smith College’s Dance Department.  Bright Holland has taught on the faculty of the University of Rochester’s Program of Movement & Dance, Nazareth College’s Master’s Program in Creative Arts Therapy, SUNY Brockport’s Department of Dance and is an Associate Faculty of East-west Somatics Institute for Dance and Movement Studies. At the University of Rochester, Bright Holland created the class and curriculum “World Dance: Movement as Culture,” inspired by her graduate research project Ancestral Cornea.: Civilization’s Migratory Unfolding Through Dance. Bright Holland also presented her research for Ancestral Cornea at CORD (Congress on Research in Dance), NDEO (National Dance Educators Organization) and SUNY Brockport’s Scholar’s Day. Alycia Bright Holland is also a member of ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association) and IABD (International Association of Blacks in Dance). In the Spring of 2014, Bright Holland received a Merit Award in Choreography from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Arts Festival (KCACTF), on behalf of the ensemble from Once On This Island, a production Bright Holland Directed & Choreographed as part of the 2012-2013 Harry Hope season at ECSU.


Bright Holland has performed nationally and internationally (Zimbabwe, Canada, Ireland and Japan), and works extensively in both independent and collaborative domains. Past collaborations have featured work with the companies Black Umfolosi (Zimbabwe), La Ballet Touba N’Dame Fall, Hallmark Danceworks Company, BIODANCE , Akoma Ntoaso Dance Ensemble , Sankofa African Dance & Drum Ensemble and Magbana Drum & Dance (NYC). Bright Holland holds an MFA in performance and choreography from SUNY Brockport and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Ithaca College.