All TAs and AIs teaching classes in the Department of Theatre & Dance are listed here. Some are department MFA students (Dramatic Arts), while others are Ph.D. students in Performance Studies (an interdisciplinary Graduate Group). Visit the Performance Studies website for more information.
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.
Lucas Hatton served as Artistic Director of Chicago’s Barrel of Monkeys and directed hundreds of original performances of the company’s critically-acclaimed show That’s Weird, Grandma. He directed Incident at Vichy with Steep Theater and Foolin’ Around with Infinity with Phalanx Theater, both of which received Critic’s Choice in Chicago Reader. He also directed the sketch group Southern Mothers at Second City Donny’s Skybox.
Tom Burmester founded the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble in 2004, where he served as Artistic Director. He also presided over the historic Powerhouse Theatre as Managing Director during the Ensemble’s tenure (2008- 2011). Since 2005 Tom has produced over 30 plays in Los Angeles including several award winning productions. Tom is the writer and creator of The War Cycle which currently includes the plays Wounded, Nation of Two, and Gospel According to First Squad. He is a three-time Ovati
Lisa Quoresimo is an award-winning director, performer, playwright and composer. Most recently she played the role of “Masha in Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike,” and directed Margaret Laurena Kemp in her original piece, “An Untitled Project Involving Bodies, Dirt and Space” in performances in Davis, San Jose, and Minneapolis. As the artistic director of the Kairos Theatre in NYC , Lisa produced and directed upwards of thirty shows. She served for many years as the director for the Mainstage Ensemble at MYT in San Francisco, directing and developing new musical works.