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Lauren Beale

Lecturer
Dance
Lauren is a performing artist, choreographer, improviser, contemplative teacher and yoga instructor. She holds an MFA in Dance from The University of Colorado Boulder with an emphasis in collaborative, interdisciplinary performance. Lauren has performed nationally and internationally with Colorado based companies Michelle Ellsworth Performance, Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Helander Dance Theater, 3rd Law Dance/Theatre, David Capps/Dances, Interweave Dance Theater, Kim Olson/Sweet Edge, New York City companies Curt Haworth and Dancers,...
Iain Court

Iain Court

Director of Dance Production
Dance
Professor Court comes to us from Cal Arts, where he was the Lighting Designer and Technical Director for their School of Dance. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Iain Court has worked as a designer and productionmanager/stage manager as well as performer and director across all genres ofperformance and in theatres throughout Australia and touring Europe and North America. His principal interest is in Lighting Design and he has lit works in...
Nada Diachenko

Nada Diachenko

Professor
Dance
MA in Choreography and Somatics, New York University; BS in Dance, University of Maryland; AmSAT Certified Alexander Teacher, www.nadadiachenko.com , Certified in Jessica Wolfs Art of Breathing, Faculty member of Alexander Technique Denver Teacher Training Course, CMA (Certified Muscular Therapist), Muscle Therapy Institute; CU Graduate Dance Director, Director of the Somatic and Aerial Dance Tracks; Director of CU Contemporary Dance Works, Chair of the Roser Visiting Artist Committee, Director of...
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Michelle Ellsworth

Professor, Associate Chair Dance
Dance
Though not a licensed scientist, technologist, or carpenter, Ellsworth nevertheless co-mingles these disciplines with dance to create solutions and/or demonstrations of peculiar geopolitical (and personal) phenomena. The pharmaceutical and political potential of dance interests her, as well as the value of broken and labor-intensive ideas. Among Ellsworth’s honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship (2016), Doris Duke Impact Award (2015), a NEFA National Dance Project Grant (2014 and 2017), a Creative Capital...
Rennie Harris

Rennie Harris

Artist-in-Residence
Dance
Lorenzo (Rennie) Harris, Artistic Director and Choreographer, celebrates hip-hop culture on his own terms by using some of the world’s most influential forms of movement, music, and storytelling to revolutionize contemporary concert dance. Born and raised in North Philadelphia, Harris has been teaching workshops and classes at universities around the country and is a powerful spokesperson for the significance of “street” origins in any dance style. The mark of Harris’...
Connie Lane

Connie Lane

Instructor, Theatre & Dance Production Coordinator
Theatre • Dance
BA in Theatre Arts at Beloit College, Member of Actors’ Equity Association Connie joined CU’s Theatre & Dance Department faculty in fall 2011. We welcome her thirty years of professional production experience in the performing arts arena of theatre, dance, music and special events. Her AEA Stage Management credits include multiple seasons with the Arvada Center, the Kennedy Center Theatre for Young People in Washington DC and Theatre Project Company...
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Jesse Manno

Senior Instructor, Music Director
Dance
BA in Asian Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, Dance division Music Director, Instructor, faculty member since 2000; Head Accompanist since 1991, Associate Accompanist 1984-1990. Original scores commissioned for CU dance concerts include “Peristyle” with Onye Ozuzu in 2002 and pieces by Nada Diachenko, David Capps, Nancy Spanier, Mel Wong,Toby Hankin, and Aaron Smith. Manno has created over 50 original scores for dance, theatre, film and multimedia productions outside the University,...
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Donna Mejia

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Dance
Donna Mejia (Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Dance, CU Boulder Theatre and Dance Department) is a choreographer, scholar, instructor, and performer specializing in contemporary dance, traditions of the African and Arab Diaspora, and emerging fusion traditions in Transnational Electronica. This genre provides a rich arena for the study of cultural imperialism, gender representation and electronic/digital globalization. Donna is also an authorized instructor of the Brazilian Silvestre Modern...
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Chrissy Nelson

Artist in Residence • Undergraduate Director
Dance
Chrissy Nelson is a dance artist, physical therapist, certified Pilates instructor, and movement educator. Her current research involves waiting. And weighting. And trying to recall moments from Spring Vacation 2006 while staying present in today. And flamingos, and the art of standing on one leg. Since living in CO, Nelson has performed with Helander Dance Theater, Hannah Kahn Dance Company, 3rd Law Dance/Theater, kim olson/sweet edge, and Tumblebones, and in...
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Megan Odom

Lecturer • MFA Alum
Dance
Megan is a choreographer, educator, and performing artist. She holds an MFA in Dance with an emphasis in somatics from the University of Colorado Boulder and a BA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Megan is currently a Lecturer in Dance at CU Boulder and teaches modern dance technique at Longmont Dance Theatre Academy. Megan has worked with artists Erika Randall, Helanius Wilkins, Gesel Mason, Sarah Gamblin, Mary Williford-Shade, Kim...
Erika Randall

Erika Randall

Associate Professor, Department Chair
Dance
MFA in Choreography, The Ohio State University; BA in Dance, University of Washington, Associate Professor, CU faculty member since 2007. Randall is a teacher, choreographer and filmmaker who has recently worked with Teena Marie Custer, Joy French, Sydney Skybetter, Sara Hook, David Parker and the Bang Group, Michelle Ellsworth, Gabriel Masson, Anna Sapozhnikov, Rebecca-Nettl-Fiol, Esteban Donoso, the Mark Morris Dance Group and Buglisi/Foreman Dance. She is also a founding member...
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Nancy Smith

Lecturer
Dance
Nancy Smith is the founder and artistic director of Boulder, Colorado, based Frequent Flyers® Productions, a 501(c)3 non-profit, since its inception in 1988 and the international Aerial Dance Festival since 1999. Ms. Smith is an alumna of The Colorado College, where she received a B.A. in Fine Arts: Dance, and she studied under the master’s program in dance at UCLA before moving to Seattle to work with Joan Skinner’s dance...
Larry Southall

Larry Southall

Instructor
Dance
Larry Southall was born in the Bronx, NY where he began dancing hip-hop forms in the early eighties. He received an MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder. He has worked with many companies including Boulder Ballet, Harambee African Dance Ensemble, Blue Moon, Motion Underground, Longmont Symphony and Dance Theatre, and Steamboat Springs Dance Theatre. Larry has worked as a master teacher at Dance Place in Washington, D.C., at Slippery...
Nii Armah Sowah

Nii Armah Sowah

Senior Instructor
Dance
Nii Armah Sowah is a Ghanaian-born arts educator. He graduated from the University of Ghana’s School of Performing Arts in 1987 with a major in dance. After graduating from the African Center for the Training of Performing Artists in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 1991, he obtained a Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1997. Over the years, Nii Armah has worked professionally as...
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Kate Speer

Lecturer
Theatre • Dance
Kate Speer is a dancer, choreographer, and organizer based in Denver, CO. Balancing life as an artist and arts administrator, she crafts performance work while tending to the wellbeing and heart beat of dance makers and nonprofit organizations. With almost a decade of arts administration, Kate started in the Philadelphia dance community as General Manager for Leah Stein Dance Company and Financial Coordinator for Mascher Space Cooperative, and has served...
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Jonathan Spencer

Instructor
Theatre • Dance
Jonathan lives in New York City working principally on Broadway, National Touring, Regional, Off-Broadway, and international theatrical productions. Recent designs include the current RENT – 20 th Anniversary National Tour , Who’s Holiday – Off Broadway at the West Side Theatre, Grace Notes: Reflections for Now at The John F Kennedy Center, Yale Repertory Theater, and the Spoleto Festival USA, and You Are Mine Own Directed by Atom Egoyan for...
Theodore Stark

Theodore Stark

Senior Instructor & Costume Shop Supervisor • Head of Design
Theatre • Dance
Theadore A. Stark, MFA in Costume Production, Boston University; BA in Theatre & Speech, The College of William & Mary; Internship in Costume Department, The Julliard School. CU faculty member since 2000. Previously Costume Advisor/Shop Manager, Oberlin College, 1995-1996. Professional credits include Draper for the Los Angeles Opera; Draper for Eric Winterling Costumes; Draper and Assistant Costume Head for The Santa Fe Opera; and costuming for the national touring companies...
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Marcos Steuernagel

Assistant Professor
Theatre • Dance
M.A. and Ph.D. in Performance Studies, New York University Specialization in Cinema and Video, Faculdade de Artes do Paraná, Brazil B.A. in Theatre Directing, Faculdade de Artes do Paraná, Brazil Marcos Steuernagel is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance , a member of the Latin American Studies Center Steering Committee, and Affiliate Faculty in Ethnic Studies and in the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate at CU Boulder. Marcos...
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Helanius Wilkins

Assistant Professor
Dance
MFA in Dance, George Washington University; BS in Dance, SUNY Brockport; Studied Film & Video Production, Rochester Institute of Technology; Assistant Professor, new CU faculty member 2016 Wilkins founded and artistically directed EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, Washington, DC’s first all-male contemporary dance company of predominately African-American men, that existed for thirteen (13) years (2001 – 2014). To date, he has choreographed and directed over 60 works, which includes two critically-acclaimed musical...