Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Peter Novak

Department Chair
(415) 422-4110

Peter Novak is a co-founder of the Performing Arts and Social Justice (PASJ) program at the USF and teaches a wide range of courses from Shakespeare to Theater and Social History from Voice for Performance to Gender, Sexuality and Theater. He also directs plays for the PASJ department's mainstage productions. He graduated with a BA from Marquette University in Theater, and holds an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater, an MA in English from Loyola University Chicago, and a...

Education:

Doctor of Fine Arts, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale School of Drama, MFA Acting, American Conservatory Theater, MA English, Loyola University Chicago, BA Theater, Marquette University

Alexandra Amati

Professor
(415) 422-2072

Alexandra is a musicologist specializing in the Italian Renaissance, especially the madrigal, Italian opera, Feminist criticism, Romantic piano music, and German Baroque choral music. She holds a laurea (BA/MA equivalent) in Slavic Studies and Philology from the University of Pisa (Italy) and both a Masters and a PhD in musicology from Harvard University. She has published and read papers on Renaissance, operatic, and gender related topics in several journals and conferences. She is now working...

Education:

Laurea (BA/MA equivalent) in Slavic Studies & Philology from the University of Pisa (Italy), Masters in Musicology from Harvard University, PhD in Musicology from Harvard University

Expertise:

Madrigal, Italian opera, Feminist criticism, Romantic piano music, German Baroque choral music

Byron Au Yong

Assistant Professor, Music
(415) 422-4368

Byron Au Yong composes songs of dislocation dedicated to intercultural collaboration and the places people call home. Works include Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas (Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts), Occupy Orchestra 無量園 Infinity Garden (Chicago Composers Orchestra), Piano Concerto–Houston (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts), Stuck Elevator (American Conservatory Theatre), and YIJU 移居 (Jack Straw New Media Gallery). Au Yong has been artist-in-residence with the Asian/Pacific/American...

Education:

MFA, Musical Theatre Writing, NYU, MA, World Arts & Cultures, UCLA, BA/BM, Music Composition/Theory, University of Washington

Amie Dowling

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4888

Amie Dowling creates dance and theater for the stage, for film and in community settings. For the past several years, her work has considered the politics and representation of mass incarceration. Well Contested Sites, a collaboration with Bay Area artists, some who were previously incarcerated, won the International Screendance film prize. Her most recent film, Separate Sentence, examines the intersection of gentrification and the generational impact of incarceration. She has presented work...

Education:

MFA, Smith College

Roberto Gutièrrez Varea

Professor, Theater
(415) 422-2071

Roberto Gutiérrez Varea began his career in theater in his native Argentina. His research and creative work focuses on live performance as means of resistance and peacebuilding in the context of social conflict and state violence. Varea's stage work in the United States includes directing premieres of works by Migdalia Cruz, Ariel Dorfman, Cherrié Moraga, and José Rivera, among others. He is the founding artistic director of Soapstone Theatre Company, a collective of male ex-offenders and women...

Gabe Maxson

Assistant Professor, Production Manager, Performing Arts
(415) 422-5991

Gabe Maxson teaches courses in production, design, theater appreciation, acting, and student-producing, in addition to serving as the department's production manager and resident lighting designer, for which he has designed over twenty main-stage PASJ Theater and Dance productions. Prior to joining USF, Maxson was a full-time artistic associate at The Wooster Group in New York, with whom he toured internationally for over six years and co-designed (with Jennifer Tipton) three original premieres...

Education:

MFA, University of Tennessee

Megan Nicely

Associate Professor
(415) 422-3318

Megan Nicely is an artist/scholar whose teaching and research integrate theory and practice. Her scholarship brings together experimental choreography, critical dance and performance studies theory, philosophy, cultural studies, and physical practices including modern/contemporary dance, Japanese butoh, yoga, and other somatic approaches. Her group Megan Nicely/Dance has performed on both US coasts, in the UK, and in Europe, and her writing has appeared in TDR: The Drama Review, Performance...

Education:

MA, PhD in Performance Studies, New York University, MFA in Dance, Mills College, BA in Art History, Reed College

Christine Young

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6733

Christine Young is Director of the Honors College. As a feminist theater practitioner, Professor Young’s research combines creative and scholarly work. She develops and directs plays about social issues affecting women’s lives, practices creative casting that seeks to put as many female performers onstage as possible, mentors young women theater artists, and promotes a world where women’s lives are understood not as special interest stories, but rather as essential human stories. Prior to...

Education:

MFA, Theater Directing, University of Iowa , BA, Religion, Princeton University

Part-Time Faculty


Graciela Acedo

Adjunct Instructor, Dance
(415) 422-3888

Graciela Acedo is a ballet teacher, choreographer, and a USF grant recipient. She trained in Caracas and at Boston Ballet with a government scholarship and a Harkness Ballet Internship. Professor Acedo performed the classics with Ballet Teresa Carreño sharing the stage with Rudolf Nureyev, Fernando Bujones and Julio Boca. She's a former principal dancer with Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas and worked with choreographers Judith Jamison, Ulises Dove, John Butler, Elisa Monte, Dennis Nahat, Choo San...

Education:

BFA, Methodology/Pedagogy Certificate of Cuban syllabus

Expertise:

Ballet, Dance teaching, Choreography, Curriculum creation, Judging competition, Dance somatics

Philip Agyapong

Adjunct Instructor, Dance
(415) 422-3888

Philip Amo Agyapong is a dance teacher and researcher. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Theater Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance, specializing in African Dance Traditions and Contemporary African Dance from the University of Ghana. In the same University, he served as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Dance Studies and gained valuable experience in leading undergraduate and exchange students in theory and practical dance classes. Philip has extensive...

Education:

MFA, Choreography, University of Ghana, BFA, Theater and Dance, University of Ghana

Expertise:

Teaching Ghanaian Traditional Dance, Teaching Philosophies of Ghanaian Traditional Games, Teaching West African Popular Dance , Choreography, Acting

Carolyn Burgoyne

Adjunct Instructor, Music
(415) 422-2721

Cara Burgoyne is a vocalist, musical-theatre actress, and solo cabaret artist, performing Broadway, American Standards, country music and pop songs in the Bay Area. She enjoys helping new students find their voice and learn to express themselves through music. She also likes working with more advanced students as they improve their vocal technique and create believable and full-bodied characters. Also, Cara is a full-time Speech Language Pathologist with the San Francisco Unified School...

Education:

Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from the Catholic University of America, Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of California, Davis, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, East Bay

Expertise:

Vocals, Acting, Music theatre, Speech-language pathology, Character creation, Musical expression

Eugenie Chan

Adjunct Instructor, Theater
(415) 422-5255

Eugenie Chan is a 5th generation San Franciscan and playwright. Theaters that have produced or developed her award-winning plays include Cutting Ball, Houston Grand Opera: HGOco, Magic Theatre, The Public, Playwrights Horizons, Ma-Yi, Crowded Fire, Thick Description, Northwest Asian American Theatre, Group Theatre, East West Players, Centenary Stage, and Perishable Theatre. Eugenie has received commissions from the Houston Grand Opera, Cutting Ball (3 plays), the San Francisco Arts Commission,...

Expertise:

Playwriting

Brenton Cheng

Adjunct Instructor, Dance
(415) 422-3888

Brenton Cheng (CLMA, CMT-SE, MSME) is a teacher, director, and performer of improvised and choreographed work, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a teacher, he empowers students to become sophisticated movers through a cultivation of somatic and poetic awarenesses, as well as fostering a capacity for surrender. In addition to USF, he serves on the faculty of Integrated Movement Studies (Laban/Bartenieff movement analysis certification), and also teaches performance workshops...

Education:

CLMA, CMT-SE, MSME

Expertise:

Movement education, Contact improvisation & partnering, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Performance direction

Daria D'Andrea

Adjunct Instructor, Music
(415) 422-2721

Daria D'Andrea performs across stylistic boundaries from 17th century Italian to 21st century tango. Daria plays with the San Francisco Opera Center Orchestra and is a member of the California Symphony, Sacramento Opera / Philharmonic and Fremont Symphony. Her baroque specialist training was in Europe where she toured extensively with the European Baroque Orchestra and studied with leaders in early music: Roy Goodman, Ton Koopman and Jaap Ter Linden. Daria performs with outstanding early music...

Education:

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Reed College

Expertise:

17th century Italian, 18th century fortepiano, 21st century tango, Baroque

Poppea Dorsam

Adjunct Instructor, Music
(415) 422-2721

Poppea Dorsam, cellist, received Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Boston University under Michael Reynolds and George Neikurg. She also received the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society award. Her Dissertation (UMI # 3214930) is on "Giovanni Battista Cirri."Undergraduate studies were with Andor Toth Jr at Oberlin Conservatory. Dorsam also teaches at SF Community Music Center and GlenView Cello Camp, and runs a private studio. A member of the Sacramento Philharmonic, she...

Education:

Doctor of Musical Arts, Boston University, Master of Music, Boston University, Bachelor of Music, Oberlin Conservatory

Expertise:

Cello, Music

Irene Faye Duller

Adjunct Instructor, Dance
(415) 422-3888

A street culture cognoscente, Professor Duller is a founding member of 8th Wonder (2000), the nation's premiere Pilipina/o performance poetry collective, and The Rhapsodistas, an all-women interdisciplinary hip hop group, performing throughout the U.S. and the Philippines. Professor Duller's past performance projects include "Pinay Stories: Intersection of the Arts' Hybrid Project", "Kul Like That" at the SF Asian Art Museum, and "How to Skywalk" at both the Post-Modern Performance Project and...

Education:

MA in Asian American Studies/Ethnic Studies (focusing on Contemporary Women Artists, Critical Artistry & Cultural Theory), San Francisco State University

Expertise:

Asian American studies, Ethnic studies, Dance, Critical artistry, Cultural theory, Pedagogy

Brian DuSell

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5779

Brian DuSell comes from upstate New York and began his work as Associate Director for Liturgy, Music and Interfaith programs at USF in August 2017. In his current position, Brian is privileged to work with a dedicated team who oversee not only Catholic liturgies on the USF campus but also coordinate with the ministries of our Interfaith partners (the Jewish Student Organization, the Muslim Student Association, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship). Prior...

Education:

Doctor of Musical Arts, Arizona State University, Master of Music, University of Notre Dame, BA, Music, University of Michigan

Katie Faulkner

Adjunct Instructor, Dance
(415) 422-3888

Katie Faulkner is a choreographer, performer, and teacher artist. Since graduating with her MFA in Dance from Mills College, Faulkner has performed the works of Bill T. Jones, Randee Paufve, Stephen Petronio, June Watanabe, Victoria Marks, Kim Epifano, Susan Rethorst, and Ann Carlson. She worked with several of these choreographers as a dancer with AXIS Dance Company, with whom she performed from 2003-2007. In 2006 she founded the little seismic dance company. Since its inception, Faulkner has...

Education:

MFA in Dance, Mills College

Expertise:

Dance, Choreography, Teaching dance, Filmmaking

Giacomo Fiore

Adjunct Instructor, Music
(415) 422-2721

Italian guitarist and musicologist Giacomo Fiore has performed across the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Europe, premiering works by Larry Polansky, Ron Nagorcka, Agustin Castilla-Avila, Kenji Oh, and many others. A Ph.D. graduate from UCSC, Giacomo's research focuses on U.S. experimental music, tunings, and performance. He has published articles in TEMPO and the Journal of the Society for American Music, presented at regional and international conferences, and released four solo recordings...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz

Expertise:

Guitar, Musicology, US experimental music, Tunings, Performance

Mike Fiorentino

Adjunct Instructor, Music
(415) 422-2721

Mike Fiorentino is a Bay Area guitarist and violinist since moving from the east coast in 1999, and performs with Dear Liza and Viv. He has shared the stage with Merle Saunders, Blues Traveler, The Spin Doctors, Camper Van Beethoven, and John Hiatt. In addition to teaching music and rock ensemble to Woodside students, he teaches at the Blue Bear School of Music and is on the music board at the University of San Francisco. Most memorable musical experience: Playing "Imagine" on the guitar for...

Expertise:

Guitar, Violin

Suzanne Garramone

Adjunct Instructor, Music
(415) 422-2721

Suzanne Garramone has played piano as an accompanist and chamber musician for more than 40 years. She earned her Master's Degree in piano performance from the University of Iowa. Since then, Suzanne has musical-directed and performed hundreds of productions staged by middle schools, colleges and community theatre groups. She co-founded oboe/piano duo Classical Trash with Brenda Schuman-Post. Suzanne is also an original member of squeezebox rock band Those Darn Accordions. She has performed...

Education:

Master's Degree in Piano Performance, University of Iowa

Natalie Greene

Adjunct Instructor, Dance
(415) 422-3888

Natalie Greene is a performer, teacher, creator and collaborator working in dance and theater. Since 2003, she has worked as an Artist-in-Residence with the San Francisco Arts Education Project, and is currently the Associate Director of the SFArtsED Players. As Adjunct Faculty in the USF Dance Program, Natalie leads a service-learning summer program in southern Peru and co-directs the inter-generational performance company, Dance Generators. Natalie has also taught through ODC School, SF...

Angela Hayes

Adjunct Instructor, Music
(415) 422-2721

Angela is interested in and maintains a career in performing jazz, folk, pop, Broadway, opera, and sacred music. She is passionate about performance, music outreach programs, and composing opera for young people. She is equally passionate about helping students nurture and enjoy their own unique voices. In addition to opera performances, Angela can be seen performing with the New World Jazz Ensemble, and as cantor for Saint Ignatius Church.

Stephanie Hunt

Adjunct Instructor, Theater
(415) 422-5255

As a Core Member of the Bay Area theatre company, Word for Word, Stephanie has acted in numerous productions, including Upton Sinclair’s Oil! and Susan Glaspell’s A Jury of her Peers. For Word for Word, she directed the long-running production of Bullet in the Brain and Lady's Dream by Tobias Wolff, which played at the Magic Theatre and toured France. She has acted with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Campo Santo, Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare, the One Act Theater, and in New York at La Mama...

Education:

MFA from the American Conservatory, Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework

Joseph Lares

Adjunct Instructor, Music
(415) 422-2721

Joseph Lares is the conductor and faculty advisor for the USF Don Marching Band, which he formed in 2009. Born and raised in Northern California, his areas of interests include student development, building community through musical performance, street photography, and media production. Joe is an alumnus of the University of California, Davis, where he studied new media and documentary film production as part of the Technocultural Studies program. His photographic work can be found at the...

Education:

Technocultural Studies Program, University of California, Davis

Jeffrey Lee

Adjunct Instructor, Dance
(415) 422-3888

Jeffrey Lee studied various forms of martial arts in his youth attaining mastery levels in later years. He has progressed to incorporate and apply his earlier disciplined and physical trainings to dance forms in Ballroom and Latin. Professor Lee has performed in various venues, taught and coached students of varying age groups, cultural backgrounds, and experience levels. His deep love for music, dance, connection and the importance of musicality imparts passion and sheer joy in those he works...

Education:

BSCE , MAc, Certificate of Dance and Social Performance

Expertise:

Ballroom & Latin Dances, Dance teaching, Choreography, Sports Competition

Sharonjean Leeds

Adjunct Instructor, Dance
(415) 422-3888

Sharonjean Leeds has taught Ballet, Modern, Dance Exploration, Choreography & Tap at USF since 1973. She has choreographed for USF's Dance Ensemble and the USF College Players. She received the College of Arts & Sciences Service Award in 1993 and USF's Distinguished Lecturer Award in 1995. She has a BA in Theater & Dance from Smith College and an MA in Dance from UCLA, danced with the Wuppertal (Germany) Opera Ballet, taught ballet and modern dance throughout the Bay Area for 35...

Education:

BA in Theater & Dance from Smith College, MA in Dance from University of California, Los Angeles

Sydney Loyola

Adjunct Instructor, Dance
(415) 422-3888

Sydney Loyola toured internationally as a principal dancer of the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company and was considered a protégé of choreographer Lucrecia Reyes-Urtula, Philippine's National Artist for Folk Dance. Loyola is the founding artistic director for American Center of Philippine Arts, and consultant for Philippine Cultural Night at various universities, including UC Berkeley, CSU East Bay, UC Merced, UC Irvine and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her awards...

Michelle Maxson

Adjunct Instructor, Theater
(415) 422-5255

Michelle is an actress with over 20 years experience performing in traditional and experimental theater. She has appeared internationally, regionally and in NYC at numerous Off Broadway venues including Cherry Lane, Culture Project, INTAR and EST. She developed original work at HERE Arts Space and Richard Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, as well as acting in developmental workshops and readings with New York Theatre Workshop, The Lark, and American Repertory Theatre. In the Bay Area, she...

Education:

Master of Fine Arts, University of Tennessee

Judith May

Adjunct Instructor, Music
(415) 422-2721

Judith May, educator, vocalist, and songwriter has been using music to promote community building, change, activism, and healing since 1985. An instructor and vocal coach, she teaches voice lessons, songwriting, and is an ensembles coach at the University of San Francisco and in her private studio. She has adapted psychotherapy principles, learned while earning her master’s degree in somatic psychology, to enhance the effectiveness of her teaching style and help performers overcome performance...

Education:

Master's Degree, Music, Juilliard School, New York City, Bachelor's Degree, Music, Juilliard School, New York City, Master's Degree in Somatic Psychology

Joshua McDermott

Technical Director
(415) 422-6134

Joshua McDermott has been working in the Bay Area as a Designer and Technical Director since 2005 and joined the Performing Arts Department at the University of San Francisco in 2010, where he founded and directs the Tech and Design Certificate program.  

Education:

MA in Asian Theatre, University of Hawaii, MS in Physics, Brown University

Expertise:

Design, Technical Direction

Florentina Mocanu-Schendel

Adjunct Instructor, Theater

Florentina Mocanu-Schendel was born and raised in Romania. She studied at the People's School of Art in Bucharest and University of Theater Arts in Targu Mures graduating with Diploma in Acting/MFA for theatre and film. She performed for the National Theatre, Comedy Theatre of Bucharest, Romania Film and won several awards for her work. Since moving to the United States, she has worked in theatre and film while completing her education with an MA in Drama from San Francisco State University and...

Education:

MFA for Theatre and Film, University of Theater Arts in Targu Mures, Diploma in Acting, People's School of Art in Bucharest, MA in Drama, San Francisco State University, PhD in Drama/Theatre and Performance Studies, Stanford University

Dexandro Montalvo

Adjunct Instructor, Dance
(415) 422-3880

Born and raised in New York, "D" began dancing professionally at 14 and began instructing dance classes one year later. His work has appeared in numerous music videos, television shows, and international venues and he has appeared on the MTV, BET, Telemundo and Fox networks. As a dance educator, "D" has taught at many schools including SUNY Purchase College, Dominican University, SOTA, LINES Ballet and ODC Dance Commons. After obtaining his BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase College, he was...

Education:

BFA in Dance, SUNY Purchase College

Eli Nelson

Adjunct Instructor, Theater
(415) 422-3888

After receiving a bachelor's degree in composition and choreography from the University of California, Riverside, Eli danced with Heidi Duckler's Collage Dance Theater, Stephanie Gilliland and Dancers, and Lizz Roman and Dancers. An excellent musician and composer, Eli has enhanced the Conservatory's ballet and modern technique classes as a musical accompanist since 2005. He has also composed dance music for a number of works created by Summer Lee Rhatigan on the Conservatory's students, as...

Education:

Bachelor's Degree in Composition & Choreography, University of California, Riverside

David Pangaro

Director, Presentation Theater, Adjunct Instructor, Theater
(415) 422-2311

David has been employed by USF since 1984. Longtime Technical Director for the USF College Players and transferring in that position to Performing Arts & Social Justice after it's inception, David has been involved in hundreds of productions and events over many years. David has taught technical courses and currently has an Appreciation of Theater core course as an offering. In 2008, David left the Tech Director position and moved down the hill to run Presentation Theater. On the outside,...

Education:

BA in Communications & Theater, University of Vermont, MFA in Theater Design, San Francisco State University

Jennifer Polyocan

Adjunct Instructor, Dance
(415) 422-3888

Jennifer Polyocan has completed a three year training course at the Alexander Technique Center in Cambridge Massachusetts and is ATI certified. She danced ballet professionally for over ten years. She has danced with the Miami City Ballet, the Alabama Ballet, and with the Washington Ballet. Throughout her career she experienced mind-body techniques as an important and valuable measure for preventing injuries. She firmly believe that body awareness and curiosity leads to an intelligent dancer,...

Education:

Degree, Arts and Social Change, New College of California

Expertise:

Ballet, Pointe, Repertoire classes, Choreography, Alexander Technique, Mind Body therapies, Somatics

Rashad Pridgen

Adjunct Instructor, Dance
(415) 422-3888

Rashad Pridgen is a dance artist, somatic educator (CMT-SE) and teaching practitioner & performer. His recent works include: selected artist with The Future Soul Think Tank: "What Will Soul Look Like in 2038?" presented at Yerba Beuna Center For The Arts as the creative director of Translating Global Street Dance: A Media & Dance Presentation, performer in The Ed Mock Project conceptualized by Amara Tabor-Smith, choreographer for singer Sila (2010 NAACP Winner of The Outstanding World...

Mark Rafael

Adjunct Instructor, Theater
(415) 422-5255

Mark Rafael (aka. Truitt) has been a professional actor for the past 25 years. His Bay Area appearances include Ted Kaczinski Killed People with Bombs, Schrodinger's Girlfriend, and Joe Goode's Body Familiar for the Magic Theatre, The Best of Playgrounds 9 & 11, Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes, ReOrient Festival, and the Bay Area Playwrights' Festival. He has also appeared regionally at Yale Repertory, American Stage, Wisdom Bridge, and Northlight Theatre, among others. Film and...

Rick Roberts

Adjunct Instructor, Music, Rhetoric and Language
(415) 422-2862 x2721

Rick Roberts is now approaching his 22nd season of conducting both Voices and Voices sub-groups (Men's, Women's, Jazz, and Six). Roberts is an alumni of both University of San Francisco, and San Francisco State University.

Education:

Alumnus, University of San Francisco, Alumnus, San Francisco State University

Christopher Ruscoe

Adjunct Instructor, Music
(415) 422-2721

Christopher "Kit" Ruscoe, originally from Louisville KY, studied Classical Composition at the University of Louisville and Jazz Performance and Improvisation at the University of North Texas. He has over 25 years of experience in composing, performing, recording, and teaching music and guitar and is a member of ASCAP. Kit is currently working on film scoring and compositions for TV and documentaries as well as playing in several recognized Bay Area bands.

Education:

Classical Composition, University of Louisville, Jazz Performance and Improvisation, University of North Texas

Rebecca Seeman

Adjunct Instructor, Music
(415) 422-2721

Rebecca has been a member of the music faculty at University of San Francisco since 2001, where she conducts the University Classical Choral Ensembles, teaches Music Appreciation, Musicianship & Principles of Tonal Theory, and Private Voice. In addition to her work at USF, Rebecca directs Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus in Oakland. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Voice and Conducting from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral...

Education:

Bachelor's degree, Voice & Conducting, University of California, Santa Cruz, Master's degree, Voice & Conducting, University of California, Santa Cruz, Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting & Pedagogy, University of Iowa

Lauren Simpson

Adjunct Professor, Dance Program
(415) 422-3888

Lauren Simpson is a San Francisco-based choreographer, performer, and arts educator. She has danced for Liz Lerman, Christine Cali/Cali & Co., and Risa Jaroslow. Along with her artistic collaborator Jenny Stulberg, she creates Still Life Dances, a series of movement studies based on paintings found in the de Young Museum’s permanent collection. Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations has been the recipient of a Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant, the Rainin Opportunity Fund, and a commission from FACT/SF...

Education:

MFA, University of Colorado-Boulder , EdM, Harvard University, BA, Carleton College

Expertise:

Education, Contact improvisation & partnering, Dance history

Ken Sonkin

Adjunct Instructor, Theater
(415) 422-5255

Ken Sonkin is an actor/director who has worked at American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, SF Playhouse, Magic Theater, Center REP, Sonoma Rep, Broadway by the Bay, San Jose Stage Company, California Conservatory Theatre, Pacific Resident Theater (LA), Grove Shakespeare Festival (LA), Seacoast Rep (NH), Denver Center, and Pennsylvania Centre Stage. He is a company member of PlayGround, and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Ken was a member of A.C.T.’s acting company and core...

Education:

BA, Acting, Ohio State University, MFA, American Conservatory Theatre

Paul Stojsavljevic-Flores

Adjunct Instructor, Theater

Paul S. Flores is a writer and performer whose work has been featured on hundreds of stages and universities across the hemisphere. He appeared on Season 3 and 4 of HBO Def Poetry and he was named the San Francisco Weekly 2011 Most Politically Active Hip-Hop Performance Artist. His recent plays Placas, You're Gonna Cry and REPRESENTA! have impacted youth and Latino audiences across the United States. He is the co-founder of Youth Speaks, and he currently works as program manager for Latino Men...

Pascal Thiam

Adjunct Instructor, Music
(415) 422-2721

Pascal Bokar Thiam has earned a Master's Degree from Cambridge College, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Doctorate Degree in Education with honors from the University of San Francisco, CA. Born in Paris, France, and raised in France and in Senegal, his music invites the listener to a musical banquet from around the world from his native France to his Senegalese and Malian roots. Along the way, one samples bits of Jazz, R&B and Afro Pop, Bebop mixed with African harmonies and infectious...

Education:

Master's Degree, Cambridge College, Doctorate Degree in Education (cum laude), University of San Francisco

Expertise:

Jazz, R&B, Afro Pop, Bebop, African harmonies, West African rhythms