Kirven Douthit-Boyd (Boston, MA) began his formal dance training at the Boston Arts Academy in 1999 and as a member of Boston Youth Moves under the artistic direction of Jeannette Neil and Jim Viera. Mr. Douthit-Boyd studied as a fellowship student at The Ailey School and on scholarship at the Boston Conservatory. He began his professional career as a member of Ailey II from 2002-2004 and also performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival as a member of Battleworks Dance Company. In June 2004, Mr. Douthit-Boyd joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performing leading roles in works choreographed by Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Geoffrey Holder, David Parsons, Ulysses Dove, and Ohad Naharin before leaving the company in 2015 to join COCA-Center of Creative Arts as Co-Artistic Director of Dance with his husband Antonio Douthit-Boyd. He performed at the 2010 White House tribute to Judith Jamison and in international ballet and contemporary dance galas in Argentina, Mexico and Canada. He is the 2014 recipient of the “Black Theater Alliance Award” for his performance in Wayne McGregor’s “Chroma,” the 2015 recipient of the “Next Generation in Leadership Award” from the Freedom House in Boston, and the 2016 recipient of the Boston Arts Academy’s “Apollo Award.” Mr. Douthit-Boyd choreographed workshops for The Ailey School, Webster University, Boston Arts Academy, Boston Youth Moves and COCA and set work on Dallas Black Dance Theater. He is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and has completed Lester Horton Pedagogy studies in New York and St. Louis. He is also on faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, teaching modern dance in the collaborative MFA program between the University and COCA.