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.
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.
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.
California State University, Sacramento, B.A. Dance, May 2013
Diego Martinez-Campos is a Mexican performing artist,
choreographer, and movement educator currently based in
Sacramento, CA. He strongly believes that art has the power
to enrich, transform, and change people’s lives through play,
collaboration, and education. To know more about Diego, visit
Tasa Gleason holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Cornish
College of the Arts, Seattle WA, and a certificate in Apparel
Design and Merchandising from College of Alameda, Alameda CA. She
has been designing and creating costumes for dance and theatre
for over 15 years. Having a background in performance and
choreography offers Tasa an understanding of what is unique about
costuming for dance and theater; it also means that she
shares a vocabulary in regard to movement that is
indispensable to her when collaborating with directors,
choreographers, and dancers.
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 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.
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
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