Dr. Alex Boyd graduated from the University of California at Davis Graduate Program in Performance Studies in June 2014. His dissertation, “The Sustainability of Traditional Knowledge Systems: Embodied Learning through Practice, Teaching and Application,” draws on 20 years of professional practice and teaching in Daoist Qigong arts (Daojiao Lishi Quanfa) that he has studied since 1985 with his main teachers Chee Soo (who passed in 1994) and Desmond Murray.
Stuart Carroll is the Artistic Director of the Sacramento-based Capitol Ballet Company. He has presented The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Paquita, La Bayadère, andDon Quixoteto local audiences and the surrounding communities with support and funding from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and the California Arts Council.
Ms. Cavanaugh has choreographed for Oregon Shakespeare Festival (for five seasons as choreographer and actor), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The New Victory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Brisbane Arts Festival, La Mama E.T.C., Aurora Theatre Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, TheatreWorks, Shakespeare at Stinson, Mills College Rep, and Summerfest Dance and California Shakespeare Theater (where she is an Associate Artist) for 17 seasons.
Michele Leavy is a professional actor and theatre educator. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she has performed locally with such companies as the American Conservatory Theater, Alameda Civic Ballet, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Repertory Company, California Conservatory Theater, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, and TheatreWorks, among others. In farther locales, she has appeared with Theatre Key West (Florida), The Elephant Theatre Company (Los Angeles) and Theatre167 (New York City).
She is a founding member of New York’s Ridge Theater and has been recognized with an OBIE Award, a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award and an Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design in the Theater.