Biography

Jamie Erin Murphy is a Pittsburgh based choreographer, dancer and educator who is passionate about exploring the human body through movement. She graduated from Point Park University in 2007 and broke into the Pittsburgh dance scene soon after. Jamie has worked with Attack Theatre, Staycee Pearl Dance Project, Texture Contemporary Ballet, Xpressions Contemporary Dance Company, The Pillow Project, Knot Dance, Zany Umbrella Circus and was co-director of Murphy/Smith Dance Collective. Her choreography has been presented throughout the US including Pittsburgh,Chicago and NYC. In 2014 she completed a choreographic mentorship with Doug Varone and Dancers (NYC) and presented work at the historical 92nd Street Y as part of the CHIN Project. Jamie has an extensive teaching career and is currently a full-time faculty member of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School where she teaches Modern, Jazz, Choreography, Community Division, Dance for Parkinson’s, Adaptive Dance and Creative Movement through elementary school residencies. In recent years she has helped develop and mentor the Student Choreographic Workshop as well as coordinate The Pittsburgh Connection Class Series that helps connect local dance artists and our PBT students. Jamie is currently becoming a certified Functional Awareness Movement Educator and is excited to share her passion of teaching anatomy through movement to her students. She has had the honor of being nominated three times for The Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award and was named one of Pittsburgh Magazines 40 Under 40 in 2018. On top of being an independent artist, she is currently a collaborator of Shana Simmons Dance where she choreographs, dances and designs the company costumes. Jamie is very proud to be a part of the Pittsburgh dance community and will strive to continue her mission to make art and dance accessible for everyone.