Trinity Laban Partners with Rutgers University, USA

Rebecca Duschl

Trinity Laban is pleased to announce a new agreement with Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University - the state university of New Jersey, USA.  Junior and Senior students (equivalent to UK third and fourth year students) from Mason Gross' Dance and Music departments will study at Trinity Laban as part of Rutgers University's Study Abroad Program. 

Trinity Laban Principal Professor Anthony Bowne welcomed Dean George Stauffer, together with Deans Coakley and Reinert from the US School in March.  The group visited Trinity Laban's Music and Dance faculties and met Director of Dance Mirella Bartrip, Director of Music Dr Claire Mera-Nelson and Trinity Laban colleagues including Rebecca Duschl (pictured), an alumnus of both institutions. 

Rebecca, who completed her BFA at Mason Gross and her MA Dance Performance as a member of Transitions Dance Company at Trinity Laban last year said "This is fantastic news! I am so glad to have studied at both institutions and I know that this will be a great opportunity for dancers from Mason Gross. To know the agreement covers not just dance but also music is even better. I have loved being a part of the process and would love to continue to help in whatever way I can."

Professor Bowne commented "It is clear that our two organisations have a great fit.  We're delighted to sign this agreement to work together in dance and music, and look forward to developing further opportunities for collaborative activity."

Mason Gross School of the Arts is the conservatory arts provision within the Douglass campus of Rutgers University.  It comprises departments of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts and has over 1000 students.  This accord is the result of the energetic work of the Associate Professor and Chair of the Dance Department, Julia Ritter, together with the Trinity Laban 'Team USA' (Dr Martin Hargreaves, Dr Emma Redding and Tony Thatcher) who visited the school in November 2010.