Movement and aesthetics

Working with Companies

In addition to teaching, I work as a freelance movement consultant.  This can range from observing a run of a show or a scene and helping solve problems or issues with the movement already put in place by the director, to a more active role in a production where the director wants to use a lot of movement but needs or wants an additional creative brain to imagine and implement it.  I am trained in fight choreography as well.  I really enjoy movement consulting because I have a strong intuitive sense of how to create and focus meaning through movement on stage, and I enjoy the collaborative process .


As a movement teacher I’ve had the opportunity to work in many different educational settings. In Regionally I've taught a series of movement courses at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre School, and have also led workshops at The Kennedy Center, the University of Pennsylvania, Wilson High School, the Baltimore School for the Arts, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Miami of Ohio, and American University,  and returned to teach a short course at Emory, my Alma Mater, among others.  My classes and workshops are inspired by my training at Ecole Jacques Lecoq as well as training in Suzuki and Viewpoints, and my own aesthetic and physical sense of theatre and space.  

Portia Coughlin. Solan Nua

Movement consulting

in the capacity of Movement Consultant/director

Edwin Cahill, Director of Don Giovanni, Venture Opera, Artistic Director of Fire Island Opera

Caleen Sinette Jennings, director and playwright of 'ELSEWHERE IN ELSINORE,' American University

Jessica Burgess, director of 'PORTIA COUGHLIN,' Solas Nua

Hannah Nielsen-Jones, director of 'THE ODYSESSY: a new adaptation by David Farr,' at Wilson                          High School

Michael Dove, artistic director of Forum Theatre & Dance, and director of MARAT/SADE

Richard Pilcher, teacher at Baltimore School for the Arts, anddirector of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S                   DREAM

Please email me at to begin a conversation about how I can work to make your show look and flow more organically.



Additional Information


New School College of The Performing Arts || Adjunct Professor

Woolly Mammoth Theatre School  || Teacher of Lecoq Technique for two years

Duke Ellington School of the Arts  ||  Movement Teacher

Emory University  || Theater Studies ||  Short Course

PROJECT CREO, in Quito, Ecuador. Intensive student and teacher training for their arts education program. Developed a full curriculum for their program.

Mind Adventures Theatre Company  || Colombo, Sri Lanka


Baltimore School of the Arts --        

University of Pennsylvania --          

Emory University --

American University --

The Kennedy Center --

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music --

Miami of Ohio --

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park --

Florida Repertory Theatre

Anderson High School, Ohio

Reed College

Portland Center Stage

Syracuse University Drama Department

Old Dominion University

Norfolk Governors School for the Arts

Pace University

The New School of Drama, NYC

Maltz Jupiter Conservatory

Alfred Dreyfoos School for the Arts

University of Utah

Utah State University

Dehradun, India  || Local private and public schools