Contact: Nan Yarrish
Bell Hall
United States

Presenter - Erin Puskar ; Chair - Nan Yarrish;  Invocator - Theresa Podguski

Biography, Erin Puskar   -    Learn more about Erin on her website: 

Erin Puskar, originally from Whitehall, Pennsylvania, earned her BFA in Dance Education (’15) and her MS in Performing Arts Leadership and Management (’16) from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Erin began dancing at age four at Steps In Time Academy for Dance Studies, where she danced and competed with Inner Rhythms Dance Company. She graduated from the Lehigh Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem, PA with a concentration in dance. Throughout high school, she also studied with the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, with whom she performed numerous roles in The Nutcracker and other classical productions. Erin continued to dance in numerous main stage concerts and musical theater productions throughout her college career.

Since graduating, Erin has served various communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, and Pennsylvania through dance education. She has choreographed for musicals and show choirs, has taught at musical theater and dance intensives, and has served as a year-long dance instructor for various ages in various styles of dance. She also served as an artist-in-residence at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester, Virginia in Summer 2016. 
Erin has a passion for traveling, and her experiences abroad have helped to shape her as a person and artist. In 2013, Erin traveled to Nepal with Shenandoah’s Global Citizenship Project. In 2014, she participated in La Bella Vita, a three-week dance intensive in Livorno, Italy, where she was able to teach dance, take various classes, and perform. In Spring 2016, she studied dance and musical theater at Balettakademien in Sweden. Erin was also a semi-finalist for a 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Grant in Dance at the National Taiwan University of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan.
In August 2017, Erin moved to New York City to fully pursue her performance career, and soon after booked a job as a singer/dancer for Norwegian Cruise Line, which took her to China and Japan for six months. Erin recently finished her second season as an actor/dance captain for Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre where she performed Newsies, West Side Story, and Mamma Mia. This Fall, she will continue performing with Norwegian Cruise Line, which will take her to explore the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera.