Since 1993 the Division of Dance has been proud to host an extensive guest artist program sponsored by Dianne and Daniel Vapnek. UCSB dance majors are able to meet with and experience the teaching and performing of many of the leading and most exciting dance artists in the field today. Interfacing with our students through classes, informal talks and performances these guest artists offer inspiration and an ongoing connection to the mainstream of thecontemporary dance scene.
2000 Risa Steinberg/ Jose Limon Dance Company
2003 Peggy Baker/ Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Toronto, Canada
2005 Robert Battle/ Artistic Director, Battleworks, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
2005 Rose Eichenbaum/ Dance and Theater Photographer, Author
2010 Janice Meaden/ Integrated Movement Studies
2010, 2011 Bonnie Oda Homsey/ “Surviving a Career in Dance”, Lecturer
2010, 2011 Summer Brown/ UCSB BFA Dance Major, UCI – MFA, technique classes
2011 Susan Alexander/ teacher, Paris Opera Ballet and the Paris Conservatory of Dance
2012 Austin McCormick/ Company IV, NY
2012 Catherine Turocy/ New York Baroque Ensemble
Guest Dance Artists have included:
1994 – 1995
Guest Design Artists have included:
Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz: Head of Design, UC Irvine; Lighting Design for Theatre, Architecture, Themed Environments & Dance; Associate Artist: Cornerstone Theater Company, Resident Lighting Designer: Ballet Repertory Theatre.
Attila Ambrus: Theatrical Producer – New Line Agency, Budapest, Hungary. XAYRON, THE LEGEND.
James Bagley: Attorney – Steppenwolf Theatre, Film Producer.
Teri Ball: Arts Management Professional & Equity Stage Manager; Executive Director: SPEAKING OF STORIES and Center Stage Theater.
Paul Blake: Executive Producer Emeritus, The Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis (The Muny).
Amick Byram: Broadway Actor / Singer, Theatrical Director – PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Singer (animated films) - THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, POCAHONTAS, THE LITTLE MERMAID.
Sarah Cogan – UCSB Alumna: Costume, Lighting, and Production Designer.
John Dickson: Film and Television Composer and Music Editor; Pianist.
Garvin Eddy: Production Designer – SO RANDOM!, THE BILL ENGVALL SHOW, THAT ‘70s SHOW, 3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN, CYBILL, ROSEANNE, A DIFFERENT WORLD, THE COSBY SHOW.
Marcie Froehlich: Costume Designer for Theatre, Film and Television – Rubicon Theatre, Ensemble Theatre Company, Sacramento Music Circus, Long Beach Opera.
Thomas Flagg: Talent Manager and Producer. Director and Founder – Terpsichore Management.
Daniel Flannery: Scenographer, Director, Creative Producer, Director of Photography for Theatre, Film & Television; Visual Consultant: FORRECT GUMP, Principal Lighting Designer: Universal Studios Florida.
Jonathan Fox: Executive Artistic Director, Ensemble Theatre Company.
Florence Kemper-Bunzel – UCSB Alumna: Costume Designer for Theatre, Film & Television; Costume Designer: Carsey-Werner Television, Costume Designer: TALES FROM THE CRYPT, HBO.
Talin Kenar (Dabaghian): Professional Classical Ballet Dancer. Talin has created roles in ballets by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Robert Weiss, and Rick McCullough.
Michael Klaers: Lighting Designer; Lighting Designer: TRIPLE EXPRESSO.
Martin Kove: Actor, THE KARATE KID: I, II, III, RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD, CAGNEY & LACEY. Made his Made New York stage debut in WOYZECK, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (ETC).
Mark Laisure: Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Voyant – Media and Technology Holding Company.
Norman Large: Broadway Actor / Singer – LES MISERABLES, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA CATS, SWEENEY TODD.
Francine Lecoultre: Costume Designer and Textile Creator/Artist – Textile creation for THE MUMMY, TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR, ENCHANTED, THE CELL, STAR TREK INSURRECTION, BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, J.EDGAR, and the 2012 feature film TOTAL RECALL.
Clayton Lyons: Production Artisan for Film; PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END.
Jennifer Malenke: Broadway Actor / Singer – INTO THE WOODS.
Anne McMeeking: Scenic Designer and Scenic Artist – UT Austin, Butler School of Music, Penfold Theatre Company, Zilker Theatre Productions, Genesis West.
Robert McPhee: Broadway and International Producer – RENT, DE LA GUARDA, FUERZABRUTA (Brute Force).
Michele Miatello – UCSB Alumna: Scenic and Lighting Designer for Theatre, Film & Television; Art Department: BROTHERS AND SISTERS, ABC TV.
Devon Painter: Costume Designer, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Denver Center of the Performing Arts, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Folger Theatre, DC.
RAJA and JARRET: ONE STAGE, TWO WORLDS COLLIDE!?• Jarret Parker – A spectacular magician and designer/inventor of illusions.?• Raja Rahman – A Juilliard-trained concert pianist.
Nayna Ramey: Scenic Designer – Intiman Theatre, American Players Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.
Gary Wichansky: Scenic Designer for Theatre, Film, Television, and Exhibitions – The Coterie Theatre, metroactive stage; lead project designer for countless events including PRINCESS DIANA: The Exhibition, The CW Network’s UPFRONT (2008-2011), and the 2004 TV NEWS AND DOCUMENTARY EMMY AWARDS.
Esther Williams: Retired American competitive swimmer and MGM movie star.
Hugo Wei: International Tour Producer
Arts & Lectures - Dance Performances and Guest Artists
To support UCSB's teaching mission, Arts & Lectures brings visiting artists, lecturers and writers together with UCSB students. The following is a list of dance companies sponsored by A&L whose artists have taught master classes to the dance majors at UCSB.
Nederlands Dans Theater II
White Oak Dance Project, Mikhail Baryshnikov
1996 - 1997 Season