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.
University of Central Florida, B.A. Theatre (Stage Management Specialization)
Joseph Fletcher has worked as a director, content creator, stage
manager, producer, and arts administrator for over fifteen years.
He has experience working in NYC, regionally, and
internationally, past companies include Cirque Du Sole’s La
Nouba, The Walnut Street Theatre, the National Tour
of Chicago the Musical, The Signature Theatre, Target
Margin, and Riverside Theatre. A graduate from the
University of Central Florida with a BFA in Theatre, Joseph has
trained with Sojourn Theatre and Double Edge Theatre.
University of California, Davis, B.A. in Dramatic Art and CommunicationSan Francisco State University, M.A., Drama
Janey Pintar is an actor, director, and educator of the theatre
arts with a background in movement including Suzuki. She received
Bachelor of Arts degrees from UC Davis and a Master of Arts
degree from San Francisco State University. Her interests include
the exploration of movement systems and multicultural theatre
practices. Janey worked as a theatre teaching artist for the
Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission through the Kennedy
Center’s Any Given Child Program, and for the Sacramento Theatre
B.F.A., Cornish College of the Arts -- Theatre with emphasis on Original WorksGraduate, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Acting
J.R. Yancher (he/him) is a Canadian/American actor, director,
writer, and producer. In 2017 he co-founded Bike City Theater
Company (BCTC): a Northern California-based nonprofit focused on
bespoke educational theater for young audiences and the
sustainable development of original works. Yancher’s theaters of
employ have included Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Victory
Gardens, Pacific Conservatory Theater, Sacramento Ballet, Capital
Stage, Seattle Immersive Theater, Ten Chimneys, Catalyst: A
Theatre Think Tank, and Davis Shakespeare Festival, amongst
B.S., University of California, Davis -- Food ScienceM.S., University of California, Davis -- Food Science
Ann Dragich has tap danced in NYC from 2008-2020. There she is a
member of Cole Collective. She steps in company “Momentum” and
was featured in Rick Owens Spring 2014 Women’s show at Paris
Fashion Week. Ann has presented work in various shows around New
York city including the Emerging Choreographer’s Series curated
by Mare Nostrom Elements, Flamenco Certamen USA and Tony Waag’s
“Somthing’s Afoot,” and venues such as Symphony Space, the Bruno
Walter’s Auditorium at Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library and
La Guardia Performing Arts Center.
Brighton Polytechnic, B.A. Visual and Performance Arts
Barnaby O’Rorke is an interdisciplinary artist working in the
fields of theater, music, and dance for the past 30 years in
Europe. His physical training in dance, improvisation,
somatic practices, yoga and chi kung have informed his work in
music (cello, piano, voice, objects). He has worked for several
dance companies as a dancer and musician, and has developed
innovative solo and collaborative work in his field.
University of Chicago, B.A., General Studies in the Humanities
An actor and dialect coach, Danielle has been seen at a number of
Bay Area companies from Marin Theatre Company, to TheatreWorks,
Shotgun Players to Crowded Fire. Danielle is an Associate Artist
with TheatreFIRST, Symmetry Theatre Company, and PlayGround
SF. Her interests lie in devised performances that communicate by
employing surprising visual elements and unusual use of
language. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
Jennifer Grace received her BA from Kansas State University in
1997. She has been working as a professional actor since, most
notably in a record-shattering run as Emily Webb in Tony
award-winning director David Cromer’s critically acclaimed
production of OUR TOWN, which she performed in Chicago, New York
and Los Angeles, opposite actors such as Michael Shannon, Helen
Hunt and Michael McKean, and for which she was recognized with a
Theatre World Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway debut.
Universidad Finis Terrae, B.F.A., TheaterUniversidad Finis Terrae, B.A., Education
Verónica Díaz-Muñíz is a Chilean director, playwright and theater
educator with a background in the area of movement and
testimonial theater. Her work engages with questions of gender
and womanhood, and her creations evolve from a particularly
feminist perspective. She is a founding member of “Toma Teatro”
in which she has served as director and playwright since 2015.
Her research aims to create alternative theatrical spaces and
practices where liminality converges with the political.
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
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.
M.A., Devised Theatre, Dartington College of Arts, Falmouth University, EnglandB.A., Theatre, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York City
Hart is a socially engaged performance practitioner,
scholar, and educator from a Canadian-Venezuelan-American family
background. Over the past twelve years she
has developed her arts practice in Russia, England,
Venezuela, Chile and the United States.
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.
he / him / hisPhD Candidate, Performance Studies - UC DavisMFA, Directing for Theater, Film and Television - UCLABA, Theatre and Dance - UC Davis
Tom finds motivation for his research in fatherhood, play, fun,
theatre, and games. His curiosity runs deep when it comes
to understanding the phenomena associated with joy, enthusiasm,
inspiration, and flow.
He founded the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble in 2004, where he
served as Artistic Director for over a decade. Tom also
presided over the historic Powerhouse Theatre as Managing
Director during the Ensemble’s tenure (2008- 2011).
Deepa Mahadevan is a classical Indian dancer and the
Founder/Artistic Director of Tiruchitrambalam School of dance,
Union City,CA. She is interested in examining the role of gender,
caste, sex, class and religion in the form and content of the
dance form Bharatnatyam, a South Indian neoclassical dance
form. Her research interest proceeds to delve into the
transmission of this dance to second generation immigrant
students, especially in the context of the North American
Eric’s artmaking, clinical work and academic research are
organized around the material aesthetics of psychoanalysis. He is
in private practice in Davis and San Francisco, and his project
is an aesthetic (mis)translation of developmental attachment
theory into a feminist materialist revision of the psychoanalytic
Ekaterina Zharinova is a contemporary dance artist, curator, and
scholar from Yekaterinburg, Russia. From 2000 to 2005, Ekaterina
danced with the Provincial Dances Theatre in Yekaterinburg,
Russia, touring across the country and abroad. Since 2006, she
has been creating work independently and in collaborations to
present her choreography nationally and internationally.