Ayisha Morgan-Lee, MAM
Founder, CEO, and Artistic Director
At the age of twenty-one, Ayisha became the Founder, CEO, and Artistic Director of Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT).
Ayisha is a doctoral student in the University of Pittsburgh Out of School Learning Education program. She was selected, in 2016 as one of 50 international and national leaders in the Arts to attend the yearlong program by the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program. In 2017, she was voted to serve on the board of The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD).
From 2009 to 2010, she served as the Education Director for Pittsburgh’s Dance Alloy, teaching dance and developing art programs for public schools. For three years, she was a Teaching Artist with The Heinz Endowments Culturally Responsive Arts Education (CRAE) Program. From 2014 to 2017 she was an adjunct faculty member at City High School where she taught Dance to seniors.
In 2015, she received the YWCA Young Business Professional Award; in 2010, she was named as a Pittsburgh Courier’s Fab 40 young professional leader in the Arts, and selected as a member of Leadership Pittsburgh LDI XXVII class. She has choreographed musicals and been a stage manager at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater.
A 2007 Carnegie Mellon University graduate with a Master’s in Arts Management and in 2005 she received a BFA in Dance and Theatre from Howard University. She interned with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and apprenticed with August Wilson Center for African American Culture. In 2003, she performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in South Africa with Kuntu Repertory Theatre in Mahalia and Lady Sings the Blues and created a documentary on Indigenous Dance in South Africa funded by a Howard University fellowship.
Ayisha is a member of Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. where she chairs the Nominating Committee, and a member of the Pierians, Inc. She is a resident of Pittsburgh’s Hill District community the home of August Wilson and his Ten Cycle plays, and she is a member of St. Benedict the Moor Parish.