The department of Theatre & Dance offers studies leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree in Dramatic Art. See the Graduate Program section for detailed information. Current MFA students are listed below.
Tara Brandel is an Irish choreographer, contemporary dancer, aerialist, and contact improviser, and has been choreographing extensively since 1990. Her work has been shown in Cork, Dublin, London, Berlin, San Francisco, Seattle, Egypt, Canada, and Australia.
Humboldt State University, B.A. Interdisciplinary Dance: Language and Culture, 2007
Kevin Dockery is a physical thinker, mover, musician, writer and nature historian who uses performance to explore ideas of self, place, and fit in the cultural labyrinth that overlays our experience of life. Kevin’s movement practice developed out of contemporary dance, martial arts and contact improvisation. He is most interested in making and performing in work that is related to environmentally and socially relevant source material. He has also been teaching contact improvisation since 2005 and Feldenkrais since 2011.
University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A. Theater Arts, 1996
Slater Penney has won an Emmy, appeared on TEDx, and successfully toured locally and internationally. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Theatre Arts, trained at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, and is an Actor-Creator of ensemble physical theatre. Notable devised production companies include the Submarine Show, Naked Empire Bouffon Company, California Revels, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Kinetic Arts Productions, and Lunatique Fantastique. Slater continues to teach at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, and has eyes on the rest of the world.
Lena Polzonetti is a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. She has performed professionally in ballet and modern dance companies, including the Ithaca Ballet, alban elved dance company, Danza Tersicore, and Fischerdance, among others. From 2006 to 2017 she coordinated and taught in the magnet dance program at Clay High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in South Bend, Indiana.
North Park University, B.A., Communication Arts: Theatre and Performance Studies, 2006
Joseph Schupbach is a director, deviser, and playwright. Joseph has been a company member of Barrel of Monkeys since 2007 and served as Artistic Director 2014-2017. He is co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of InGen Productions where he co-adapted and directed twelve full-length projects. Joseph has had the pleasure of collaborating with Akvavit Theatre, The Annoyance Theatre, The Arts Club of Chicago, Athenaeum Theatre, The Center for Independent Artists, Chicago Dramatists, Chicago Fringe Festival, Chicago Sketch Fest, Compass Playe
Justin Streichman is an actor and performance maker from Los Angeles with a background in experimental theater, improvisational modes of dance, independent film, and performance art. His original performance work has been produced by REDCAT, Machine Project, Pieter, Berkeley Art Museum, and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. As a performer he has worked with artists across many disciplines, including My Barbarian, Hana van der Kolk, Emily Mast, Alison O’Daniel, Ishmael Houston-Jones, William Pope.L, and Yvonne Rainer.