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
Studies website for more information.
they/them/elleMFA Shakespeare & Performance, Mary Baldwin University (2017)MA Theater Arts, San Jose State University (2013)BA Theater Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz (2008)
Melinda is an educator, theater performer, and director
with an interest in performance history and dramaturgy, applied
rhetoric, languages/translation, and equitable and accessible
performance education practices.They are interested in further
exploring the practice and processes of creating shareable and
relatable performance languages to describe diverse cognitive
They/them/she/hersMFA in Ceramics from the University of Colorado Boulder
eM asks ceramic questions, observing their body in relation
to the world in which it can touch through performative
material explorations that index fingers and tongues – movements
and language. For example, a fingerprint is recorded in clay and
preserved for all time when it is fired. These observations
of the ceramic artist body in action and in dialogue with clay
material drive eM’s research on the liberatory potential of clay.
Karola Lüttringhaus was born and grew up in Berlin, Germany,
where she founded ALBAN ELVED DANCE COMPANY in 1997 to form an
outlet for her diverse artistic pursuits in dance, visual art,
film, scenic design and sound design. She has worked as a
freelance artist, choreographer and educator at theatres and
universities across Europe and the US. In 2007, she incubated the
SARUS FESTIVAL for Site-specific & Experimental Art in 2007 in
she / her / hersUniversidad Pedagogica Nacional, B.A., 2014
Regina María Gutiérrez Bermúdez is a doctoral student in
Performance Studies at the University of California, Davis. She
holds an MFA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Directing and MA in
Performance Studies, degrees obtained at the same university.
Graduated in Dramatic Arts from the Universidad Pedagógica
Nacional (Colombia), she has a trajectory of more than 20 years
as an actress, performer, theater and dance educator, and is an
expert in movement, somatic, and energy work.
B.A. Theatre and Dance, James Madison University, 2006
Isa is a performing artist and somatic researcher who has
worked for over a decade with movement/dance modalities and
experimental theatre techniques that promote self reflection.
Through her developing methodology, Dialoguing the
Unconscious, and her Ph.D research, she is investigating the
question: How do we share/acknowledge knowledge that can’t (in a
“regular” way) be seen? She is deeply invested in pre-colonized
ways of knowing.