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When Kelly Drummond Cawthon’s feet touch the floor, grace and elegance come to life.


Kelly Drummond Cawthon

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance
School of Theatre and Dance

Raised in Tasmania, Australia, Cawthon joined the faculty of the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance in 1999 as an assistant professor. She teaches modern dance technique, composition and repertory, collaborates with the Digital Worlds Institute, and is the artistic director of the department repertory company, the Florida MOD Project.

Cawthon spent her childhood in acrobatics and musical theatre. She began her modern dance training in South Australia, where she completed her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Adelaide. She came to the United States to pursue master of fine arts degree in dance choreography and performance at Florida State University.

Cawthon has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad, appearing in performances on five continents, in seven nations and most of the 50 states. She has worked as a dance educator, performer and rehearsal director for dance companies including the New Dance Group, the Doris Humphrey Repertory Company, Joy Kellman, The Hudson Vagabond Puppeteers, Motion Pictures Dance Theater and Shapiro & Smith Dance.

In summer 2000, she launched the People’s Touring Project with collaborator Adele Myers. Each year the company tours the Southeast and presents New York City performance seasons. Kelly’s choreography also has been produced in Australia, the United States, Canada, Bulgaria and Korea. She is grateful for the fellowships and grants from the University of Florida, Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust, and The South Australian Department for the Arts that have made her work possible.