Ivan Pulinkala is a contemporary choreographer living and working in Atlanta, GA. Originally from New Delhi, India, Pulinkala moved to the United States in 1998 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance. In 2012, he received his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. Pulinkala began his professional training and choreographic career in India, where he served as the artistic director of his own company from 1994-1998. Pulinkala served as the choreographer-in-residence for Delhi Music Theatre for five years, and was named among the 25 Indian artists of the Millennium by the India Today Magazine in their December 1999 issue.

Ivan Pulinkala currently serves as the Interim Dean of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University. He is the founder of the Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University, a program he established in 2005. He travels nationally and internationally choreographing and teaching dance. His work has been commissioned for concert dance (modern and contemporary ballet), musical theatre, as well as corporate and commercial film. His choreographic interest lies in altering physical space through collaborations with visual artists to create unique physical elements that are explored through his work. His movement philosophy blends the intellectual investigation of sociopolitical subject matter with the physical exploration of space, to create work that is physically dynamic, and infused with strong visual and theatrical elements.


Ed.D. (Higher Education Administration)- University of Alabama

M.F.A. (Dance)- Mills College

B.Com. (H)- Hindu College (Delhi University)


Pulinkala has studied under a number of nationally and internationally known teachers and choreographers in the U.S. and India. The following are some of the individuals who have strongly influenced his dance training and choreographic career:

June Watanabe (Mills College)
Jeanne Solan (Netherlands Dans Theatre/ NY City Center)
Mary Cochran (Paul Taylor Dance Company)

Reggie Savage (Savage Dance Company)
Fernando Aguilera (Argentine National Ballet at the Colon Theatre)

Thomas Hagood (Mills College)

Mary Ann Kinkead (Mills College)
Susan Mcguire (Paul Taylor School)
Kathleen McKlintock (Mills College)
Molissa Fenley (Molissa Fenley and Dancers)

Kennesaw State University

Pulinkala serves as the interim Dean of the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University. He has served as the director and chair of the Department of Dance prior to this appointment. Founded in 2005 under his leadership, the department is home to the largest collegiate dance program in Georgia. During his tenure as Program Director and Chairman, Pulinkala has developed two dance facilities at KSU and masterminded the development of the regions only Dance Theater. Pulinkala teaches courses in contemporary technique, choreography, kinesiology, performance, and is the artistic director of the Kennesaw State University Dance Company. In 2005, he received the Board of Regents award for Teaching Excellence from Murray State University. Pulinkala has also received the KSU Foundation Award for his creative scholarship, and the KSU Clendenin Graduate Fellowship for his doctoral studies. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia selected Pulinkala to be part of the Executive Leadership Institute in 2013 and the Accelerated Leadership Academy in 2017. Pulinkala is committed to contributing to the development of the next generation of artists through his work as a dance administrator, educator, and choreographer.

The KSU Department of Dance has received regional and national attention for Pulinkala's choreographic work at the American College Dance Festival. Pulinkala is the only choreographer in the history of the American College Dance Festival to have work selected for three successive national festivals. Recent choreographic commissions have been presented in Israel, Spain, China, and India, in addition to commissions in the United States.

Guest Artist Residencies

Pulinkala has choreographed and taught for a number of professional companies, colleges and arts organizations:

Henny Jurriens Foundation- Amsterdam (2016)

Israel Ballet (2015)

Atlanta Ballet's Wabi Sabi (2014)

FRESCO Dance Company- Tel Aviv (2013)

International Dance Exposure- Tel Aviv (2013)

Washington University at St. Louis (2009, 2012)

Tennessee Association of Dance (2012)

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center- Shuler Awards (2011, 2012)

Brigham Young University (2011, 2013)

Georgia Shakespeare (2011, 2012)

gloATL (2010)
Atlanta Ballet (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010)

Alliance Theatre (2009)
University of South Carolina (2008)
Nirvana Films (2007)
Governor's School for the Arts, Tennessee (2006, 2008)
The Dancer's Studio (2007)
Middle Tennessee State University (2005-2007)
Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus (2007, 2008)
Spelman College (2006)
Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (2006, 2007)
Decatur Arts Festival (2006)
Shanghai International Theatre Festival (2005)
Shelter Repertory Dance Company (2005)
Full Radius Dance Company (2005)
Mundial Festival (2005)
Murray State University (2001-2005)
Western Kentucky University (2004)
Danceworx (2004, 2009)
Vanderbilt University (2003, 2004)
U.C. Berkley (2004)
Mills College (2004)
Contemporary Dance Exchange of Nashville (2003-2005)
University of Tennessee at Martin (2003)
American College Dance Festival (2004-2009)
City Lights Youth Theatre (2001)
Delhi Music Theatre (1994-2002)
American Embassy School (1997-2002)
St. George's College (1994, 1995)

Grants/ Awards

Schusterman Visiting Artsit Grant 2015

National American College Dance Festival (Kennedy Center 2012, 2010; Miller Theatre 2008)

Clendenin Graduate Fellowship (Kennesaw State University) 2010, 2011, 2012

KSU Foundation Award 2011

Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award (KSU College of the Arts) 2011

Cobb Symphony Orchestra Award for Artistic Excellence 2010
National Endowment for the Arts (American Masterpiece Grant) 2010
Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award 2005 (Murray State University)
KSU Faculty Incentive Grant 2006-07
Faculty Teaching Development Grant
Faculty Professional Development Grant
Committee on Institutional Studies and Research Grant
Individual Artist Fellowship Program Grant at the Kentucky Arts Council
Middle Tennessee State University International Guest Artist Grant



Partnering for Change in Dance Higher Education (2014)

       Research in Dance Education

Integration of a Professional Dance into College (2011)

       Research in Dance Education

The Sensuality of Indian Movement

Online- October 2009/ Print- January 2010

Polyphonic Dynamics as Educational Practice
Co-authored with Karen Robinson and Ming Chen
Theatre Topics (September 2010)


Professional Affiliations

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (2013 onwards) Board (2016 onwards)

ArtsBridge Educational Foundation Board (Cobb Energy Center)

gloAtlanta Advisory Council (2011-2013)

American College Dance Festival National Board (2003-2010)