Mark Travis Rivera

Artistic Director/Founder

marked dance project

Mark Travis Rivera became the youngest person to artistically direct and found a physically integrated dance company in the United States at the age of 17, when he formed marked dance project. A contemporary dance company that includes dancers with and without disabilities, based in New York City. An award-winning activist, author, choreographer, dancer, and speaker, Rivera creates artwork that reflects his lived experience as a Latinx, disabled, gay, and gender nonconforming artist. As a dancer, he has apprenticed for Heidi Latsky Dance (New York City) and AXIS Dance Company (Oakland, CA). He earned a B.A. in women's and gender studies, with a minor in public relations from William Paterson University. As an activist, he has spoken in front of audiences at Harvard University, New York University, and MIT, to name a few. As a writer, he has been published in The Huffington Post, Fox News Latino, and North Jersey Media Group. Last year he published his first collection of poetry and essays, "Drafts: An Imperfect Collection of Writing" To learn more, visit and