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Paul Boylan Award

The Alumni Society Board of Governors established the Paul Boylan Award in 1999 to honor Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Music Theory, Paul C. Boylan. The Paul Boylan Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and significant contributions in the field of music, theatre or dance by a recent graduate (within 10 years of graduation) from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Only SMTD faculty members can nominate candidates for the Paul Boylan Award.


2017 Paul Boylan Award Recipient

Jennifer Harge (BFA '08, dance)

Jennifer Harge









Jennifer Harge is a Detroit-based performing artist, dance maker, and educator. Her creative research pulls from contemporary dance, choreographies of protest, and any and all things regarding black people. In 2014 she created a dance collective, Harge Dance Stories, to further investigate the intersection of black bodies/narratives and experimental dance making. Her latest work, the (her)stor(ies) project, is a dance-theater piece that situates the black female body as an embodied site of gender, sexuality, and racial politics. Harge Dance Stories was the company in residence at The Carr Center in Detroit for the 2015-16 season and recently performed in New York City at the Standard Toykraft Theater. Her work has also been presented by Detroit Institute of Arts, Music Hall Center for Performing Arts, University of Michigan, Illinois State University, Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts, Collegium for African Diaspora Dance, and AUNTS. As an educator, Ms. Harge has served on the dance faculty at Illinois State University, Oakland University, University of Michigan, and Saint Mary's Hall.

Past Recipients

Carey Bell
Derek Bermel
Gavin Creel
David C. Daniels
Erin Dilly
Aaron Dworkin
Carolyn Jantsch
Anita Johnson
Timothy P. McAllister
Benj Pasek
Justin Paul
Nicholas Phan
Benjamin Pierce
Scott Piper

Mimi Tachouet
Howard Watkins
Michael Wayne

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower