HEATHER AHERN, MFA; FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER. Heather recently returned to Providence form San Jose, CA. She was a founding member of Groundwerx Dance Theatre, Providence, RI, where she co-directed, toured, performed, and taught for fifteen years. Ahern is a past recipient of an Artist Project Grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for the creation of a one-woman dance/play entitled Amazons, Goddesses and Others. She is also a past recipient of a Cirino Fellowship from the Rhode Island Foundation. In addition to the creation of modern dance choreography, Ahern has enjoyed working as a movement consultant and choreographer for Perishable Theatre and Trinity Repertory Theatre, both of Providence, RI. Ahern has performed, taught, and choreographed work for a variety of populations at colleges, universities and other educational institutions throughout the country. As a professor of dance, she has taught at California State University, Long Beach; West Virginia University; and Long Beach City College, teaching a wide variety of classes from technique to dance history. Heather holds a BA in Dance from Roger Williams University, an MFA in Dance from California State University Long Beach, and is a certified Pilates instructor.