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.
History of Rhetoric and PerformancePh.D. Adviser, Theatre and Dance
Lynette Hunter, Professor of the History of Rhetoric and
Performance, has written and edited over 30 books and many essays
in a range of disciplines from the history of rhetoric and
literature, to philosophy and feminist theory, to post /
neo-colonial / decolonical studies (especially in Canada), to the
history of science and computing, to women’s history and gender
studies (from the early modern period), to performance studies,
and alternative embodiments.
Bobbie Wynn Bolden, UC Davis Department of Theatre & Dance
professor and the godmother of the university’s dance program,
retired in 2003 after 18 years of teaching. She will always be
remembered for dancing to the beat of her own drummer.
William E. Kleb taught theatre history, critical theory and
playwriting in the Department of Theatre & Dance from 1974 to
1994, when he retired. During that time, he served on numerous
department and university administrative committees and chaired
the graduate program.
Barbara Sellers-Young taught movement, acting and Asian theatre
at the Department of Theatre & Dance from 1993 to 2008. She
served on various university committees at UC Davis, taught as a
member of the Davis Honors program and was Chair of Theatre &
Dance from summer 2001 through spring 2006. She also served as
Interim Executive Director of the Mondavi Center from April 2005
until June 2006.
Theatre Department Chair, 1956–1989Ph.D., Stanford University
Ted Shank was the Founding Chair of the Theatre Department at UC
Davis and taught in the department for 33 years, from 1956 to
1989. He then transferred to the UC San Diego Theatre Department
where his wife, UC Davis alumna Adele Edling Shank, was
Department Chair. Shank was promoted to Distinguished
Professor of Theatre and taught in the department until retiring.