Annie Saunders, a multidisciplinary creator and director of
site-specific experiences, is the fall 2021 Granada
Artist-in-Residence for the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Saunders will be joined by her core collaborator Jackie! Zhou, a
Los Angeles-based artist and sound designer.
Sinéad Rushe is
a theatre director, performer and teacher of acting, specialising
in the Michael Chekhov Technique and Vsevolod Meyerhold’s
Biomechanics. Originally from Newry, Northern Ireland,
Sinéad studied at Trinity College, Dublin and the École Normale
Supérieure, Paris before training as an actor at The Royal
Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
Toby Sedgwick trained at the Jacques Lecoq
School in Paris, where he founded The Moving Picture Mime Show,
which established itself as one of the innovators of “physical
theatre” throughout the world. He was part of Danny Boyle”s
creative team as director of movement and choreographer for the
Green and Pleasant Land and Industrial Revolution sequences of
the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. He won the 2008
Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for War
Horse and played Ted Narracott in the original production.
Jeffrey Saver has composed the musicals
Dodsworth (starring Hal Linden and Dee Hoty) and
Time After Time with collaborator Stephen Cole and music
for the documentary film In My Hands (directed and
produced by Ann Reinking).
Andrew Nicholls began writing comedy with
Darrell Vickers in Junior High. After high school in Canada
the team wrote for radio, TV and stage, and for comedians
and cartoonists. In 1983 they moved to Los Angeles, where they
wrote for George Carlin, Mickey Rooney, and for NBC’s
Tonight Show from 1986-92, as Johnny Carson’s head writers.
They’ve since created twenty TV series and written over 400
episodes of children’s TV.
Judy Blazer has appeared on Broadway in leading
roles in Me and My Girl,A Change in the
Heir, Titanic the Musical, LoveMusik,
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. At New York
City Opera, she appeared
in Candide and Sweeney Todd.
Off-Broadway: Hello Again, (Drama Desk nomination), The
House of Bernarda Alba (both at Lincoln
Center),Hurrah at Last (Roundabout Theater).
Janni Younge is a
director and producer of multimedia, theatrical and visual
performance works, with an emphasis on puppetry arts. Janni’s
work has been performed widely internationally in North and South
America, Africa, Europe, India and the East. Recognition awards
include the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre, several
Fleur du Cap awards for puppet design and the Nagroda award for
Kirsten Brandt is an award-winning playwright,
director and producer. She served for six seasons as Artistic
Director of Sledgehammer Theatre where she directed over a dozen
plays and wrote Berzerkergang, The Frankenstein
Project, and NU. She was the Associate Artistic
Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, where she directed
Dr. Faustus, Next Fall, The Big Meal, Legacy
of Light and Groundswell, among others. As a
Fidelis Morgan – this uniquely creative, stylish, multi-gifted
woman – Plays International
Actress, writer and director, Fidelis Morgan’s TV appearances
include Jeeves and Wooster and As Time Goes
By; her theatre work at Nottingham Playhouse, Liverpool
Everyman, and particularly the Glasgow Citizens won her much
acclaim and a Best Actress nomination in The Observer.
She has appeared in platforms at the National Theatre and played
in the West End.
Kent Nicholson received his MFA from the Department of Theatre
and Dance in 1995. He returned to UC Davis in 2006 to
direct Death of a Salesman, which won
a Writers’ Choice Award for best theatrical production on a
university campus from the Sacramento News &
Review. New York directing credits include: 9
Circles (The Sheen Center), Long Story Short
(Prospect Theater), Five Flights (Rattlestick
Playwrights Theater), Wet (Summer Play Festival), and
Marry Harry (NYMF, American Theater Group).
Mindy Cooper has had the privilege of spending
the last 40 years working as a dancer, choreographer, director,
producer and teacher. From dance companies (Twyla Tharp Dance,
Eliot Feld Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Thingsezisee’m Dance
Theater) to Broadway/Off-Broadway
(Chicago, Titanic, Song and Dance, Beauty and the
Beast, Dracula The Musical, Being Seen, The Eternal Space,
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, Live!, 50 Shades – The
Musical Parody, Soul Doctor, Wrong Mountain), her passion
for new works has always steered her career.