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.
Joseph Fletcher has worked as a director, content creator, stage
manager, producer, and arts administrator for over fifteen years.
He has worked Off Broadway, regionally, and internationally. Past
companies include Cirque Du Sole, The Walnut Street Theatre,
the National Tour of Chicago the Musical, The Signature
Theatre, Target Margin, and Riverside Theatre. Founding member
Artists Laboratory Theatre and Breaker/Fixer Productions. 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
an Associate of Arts degree in Theatre: Technical Production from
American River College, Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dramatic Art
and Communication from UC Davis, and a Master of Arts degree in
Drama from San Francisco State University. Janey is also a
graduate of American Conservatory Theater’s Summer Training
Congress. Her interests include the exploration of movement
systems and multicultural theatre practices.
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.
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.