Zaman dance theatre collective


Artistic Director

Zakiya Atkinson is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer and educator, who has accumulated a global perspective of the arts and is utilizing it as a way to foster the cognitive, artistic and social growth of society. She has received recognition for her commitment to the arts throughout the State of New Jersey and is actively involved in youth and social development. The founder and artistic director of Zaman Dance Theatre Collective continues to develop performance works that present narratives about sociopolitical themes and human injustice. Zakiya Atkinson's works have been commissioned and presented locally and internationally for stage, film, theatre and educational programs. Her training has explored the fields of dance, theatre arts, and music, with professional credits in stage, television, print and 4 years of performance with the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleading Team (NFL). She holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, BA in Communications & Theatre from Temple University and a Certificate in Holocaust & Genocide Education from College of Saint Elizabeth.  A recipient of a 2014 Teacher Fellowship at Bates Dance Festival in Maine, Zakiya is committed to being a lifelong student of the arts.

Zakiya Atkinson has facilitated arts outreach in the Western Cape of South Africa and Uganda and was the recipient of a National Education Association grant to develop arts based learning strategies on human rights. She is a K-12 Certified Dance Teacher and is the artistic director of a high school dance program in Hudson County New Jersey. Additionally, she has served on the faculty at William Paterson University, Bronx Community College, JCC MetroWest, Dance Innovations, and as a choreographer for New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts (Encore Theater Company). Zakiya Atkinson is the founder of the Essex County MetroWest Dance Festival and Modern Renaissance X in New Jersey.

An active member of Dance New Jersey and the National Dance Education Organization, Zakiya continues to present her In-Practice research at arts and education conferences.

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