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.
M.A., Devised Theatre, Dartington College of Arts, Falmouth University, EnglandB.A., Theatre, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York City
Sarah Ashford Hart is a socially engaged performance practitioner, scholar and educator from a Canadian-Venezuelan-American family background. Over the past 12 years she has developed her arts practice in Russia, England, Venezuela, Chile and the US. Her work explores participatory techniques for generating social dialogue across barriers of cultural difference, by creating multilingual spaces to explore the mutability of ‘belonging’ and ‘community’.
Ante’s interest as an academic researcher in the domain of circus is in acts, events, shows, and performances that offer a unique set of possibilities to widen perception of circus; what and who it encompasses, its politics. Currently, he is investigating the animal-human relationship in traditional and contemporary circus. Most of his career as a performer and choreographer has taken place in the field of New Circus. Ante visited the circus school in Brussels (ESAC) and Berlin (Die Etage) and Moscow.
Cal State University, Fullerton, B.A. Theatre Design and Production, 2016
Lindsay Putnam has worked as Head of Audio at Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theatre and as a sound designer for Chemical Imbalance: a Jekyll and Hyde Play (regional finalist for KCACTF), Footloose, Reckless and The Laramie Project. At UC Davis she has designed Gibraltar, The 39 Steps, Elements, The Briars, The Trojan Women, The Shape of Things, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, NAM WAR RAW MAN and Outside the Lines.
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.
Regina Gutierrez is a multidisciplinary artist and theater educator expert on movement, training and energy work. Specialist in the area of movement and physical theater she has been formed in Corporal Mime, Acrobatics and Scenic Combat. She has participated in numerous productions as an actress and assistant director. It is a founding member of the group Entrópico Teatro in which she has been an actress and assistant director since 2007.
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.
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.