Marlana Walsh Doyle
Loving Clara Schumann
Marlana Doyle, Artistic Director of METdance, is originally from Massachusetts and graduated from Point Park University in 2001 with a BA in Dance. Marlana has been dancing with METdance for the past fifteen years and was a major part of the company’s reorganization in 2003. Under her direction, Marlana’s artistic vision has taken the company to new levels of excellence and growth while holding tightly to the company’s long tradition of diversity and versatility in its dancers, choreographers, collaborators, and content. Her strength of vision has brought many sought-after choreographers to METdance and the Houston public including Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Rosie Herrera, Larry Keigwin, Peter Chu, and Katarzyna Skarpetowska.
METdance has performed at venues across the country including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out (2012,2014,2017), The Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, CO, Destiny Rising at the Joyce Theater in NYC, Dance Chicago, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance St. Louis, and the 17th Annual Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, CA, in addition to local venues such as the Dallas Dance Festival and Austin Dance Festival.
Marlana is a member of Dance Source Houston, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and Dance USA, spending the last nine years as an emerging leader at both APAP and Dance USA. She was awarded the Dance USA Leadership Mentee Fellowship for the institute of training in 2012 and is currently serving as a Dance USA Artistic Director Council Chair for the 2016 - 2017 and 2017 - 2018 Season.
As a dancer, Marlana has performed works by many of the talented METdance choreographers and continues to delight audiences on stage with the company. Marlana is a regular faculty member at the METdance Center, directs the highly successful MET too youth company, and is a guest teacher and an award-winning choreographer for her students throughout the US. She lives in Sugar Land TX with her husband Ben and her two adorable daughters Olivia and Evie.