Dr. Kathleen S. Turner, Ph.D., a native New Yorker, began dancing at the age of five at the Gloria Jackson Dance Studio. After graduating from the New York High School of Performing Arts, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Kathleen graduated from Yale Divinity School with a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) degree in 2009, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 2008 and received a Certificate of Merit from the Institute of Sacred Music, an affiliate of Yale Divinity School.
Kathleen graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Fordham University this May 2012. Kathleen has danced with many New York based choreographers and has worked extensively with Director/Choreographer, Dianne McIntyre as a member of the Sounds In Motion Dance Company touring the United States and Europe. Kathleen was a tenured Associate Professor in the Dance Program at CUNY Hunter College from 1994-2005. She has taught and choreographed for a variety of private dance studios, college programs, and theatre productions on the eastern coast in addition to teaching throughout Germany and Austria.
Kathleen is a recipient of numerous awards from both Yale University and the Society of Arts in Religious and Theological Studies (SARTS). Kathleen has delivered papers at the SARTS 2008 meeting at the American Association of Religion (AAR) in Chicago; at the 2011 and 2012 Religious Education Association Conferences and has presented at the Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance 2014 Conference at Duke University. Her Ph.D. dissertation, “And We Shall Learn through the Dance:” Liturgical Dance as Religious Education, investigates liturgical dance as religious education in the church as a community place of learning. A chapter from Kathleen’s dissertation is included in the newly released book, Readings in African American Church Music and Worship, Volume 2, edited by James Abbington.
Kathleen has taught at Drew Theological Seminary in the Masters of Arts in Ministry degree program in the areas of liturgical dance, liturgy and worship and at New York Theological Seminary in the Masters of Youth Ministry degree program where she designed and taught an online course using Moodle in the area of youth and family ministry. Kathleen is serving as the Director of Children, Youth and Families at the St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Hollis, New York. She also serves as a Christian Education Consultant to a variety of churches within the tri-state area and was a guest workshop instructor for the 2014 Institute of Sacred Music at Yale Divinity School Congregations Project, The Human Body and the Body of Christ.
Kathleen is a current member of the national Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Religious Education Association and the North American Professors of Christian Education. Kathleen is the founding director of the Allen Liturgical Dance Ministry (ALDM) of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, choreographing over seventy-five dances for ALDM. She coordinated and co-coordinated nine international liturgical dance conferences from 1998 to the present. Kathleen is married to Mr. Curtis Turner and they travel both separately and jointly throughout the United States ministering and co-choreographing for dance ministries, marriage enrichment ministries, church congregations and liturgical dance conferences.