Featured Performing Arts Alums

The PASJ major prepares students to be successful professionals in their chosen field: dance, music, or theater. PASJ graduates leave USF having developed artistic, scholarly and practical skills, and the ability to create the professional connections necessary to be a working artist.  Recent USF Performing Arts graduates’ have careers that include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Professional Performers, Choreographers, Directors and Recording Artists
  • Artistic Directors
  • Education/Outreach coordinators
  • MA/MFA Graduate students
  • Theater Technicians
  • Development Directors/Program Managers
  • Community Art Facilitators/Teaching Artists/Activists

Profiles of Recent Alums

Travis Hayes Busse '10: Singer/Songwriter, Producer, Promoter

Travis Hayes Busse

Travis Hayes Busse is a San Francisco based singer/songwriter with a career in music talent buying and production management. When not creating or performing his own music, Busse can be found helping manage production at festivals such as Noise Pop and Treasure Island Music Festival or assisting in the talent buying at local music venue Thee Parkside. Busse also publicizes local music acts under his own show promotion brand Hayes Life Presents.



Samantha Sheppard '10: Director, Education, Community Activist


Samantha Sheppard is a Brooklyn-based performing artist working in devised multidisciplinary and physical theater. Her performance work draws inspiration from
social behavior patterns and small human absurdities. She has worked collaboratively with local artists, clowns, incarcerated men,
"nondancers," domestic violence survivors, and students of all ages. Sam currently facilitates The Leadership Program's "HERstory" curriculum in NYC public schools to empower middle school girls through leadership, writing and storytelling. Her original work has been presented by Dixon Place, Firebone Theatre, Dance New Amsterdam, The Vagabond Ballroom, The Brick, and Movement Research.



Julian Micallef '12 Technician, Stagehand, Electrician, Designer

Julian Micallef

Julian Micallef graduated from USF in 2012 as a double major in PASJ and Philosophy. Since 2008 he had worked as a technician for almost every performance on campus which quickly led to working backstage in venues around the Bay Area. From the hands-on learning and professional connections gained at USF Julian has become versed in a wide array of technical skills and has experience in many areas of performance production. Since 2012 he has been employed full-time atBeach Blanket Babylon as an Electrician/Stagehand and continues to freelance as a designer and technician for other productions.




Eric Garcia '11 Choreographer, filmmaker

Eric Garcia

Eric Garcia is a choreographer, performer, filmmaker, teacher, and activist whose feet are deeply rooted in the Bay Area. Eric, alongside fellow USF Alum Kat Cole, is the Co-Artistic Director of detour dance, a contemporary dance company that produce film and live work, as well as the annual Tiny Dance Film Festival. Eric also proudly works as the Production Coordinator with Fresh Meat Productions, a non-profit that produces year-round trans and queer arts events such as the Fresh Meat Festival, Sean Dorsey Dance, and the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. Eric has performed with many Bay Area choreographers and received multiple grants.