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.
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.
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 Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Southern Utah University. She is an internationally produced composer and playwright, and an active director and performer. Her work has been seen at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (West Coast Premiere of An Octoroon), Shotgun Players, and the Brava Theatre, and she served as Artistic Director of the Kairos Theatre in New York City for many years.