Faculty & Lecturers
Joint appointment in African American Studies, Affiliated faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies
Professor Catanese's work addresses the role of performance in constructing our understanding of black identity, both through aesthetic production and the practices of everyday life. She is the...Read more about Brandi Wilkins Catanese
Abigail De Kosnik is an Associate Professor in the Berkeley Center for New Media and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, and an affiliated faculty member of Gender & Women’s Studies and Folklore. She researches popular media, particularly digital media...Read more about Abigail De Kosnik
Timmia Hearn DeRoy is a practitioner and scholar of social justice-based theatre and film. She directs, writes, produces, dramaturgs, and teaches. She was a founding member of the Trinidad and Tobago PRIDE Arts Festival, former Director of the School for the Arts at the Trinidad Theatre...Read more about Timmia Hearn DeRoy
Julia Fawcett's research looks at the origins of concepts of privacy and publicity—as well as of domesticity, imperialism, and urban space—in Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and performance in the circum-Atlantic world. Her first book,...Read more about Julia Fawcett
Professor Glazer is a professional director and playwright whose plays, adaptations, collaborations and directing projects include Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Bay Area Drama Critics award, with Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations Off-Broadway and Joseph Jefferson Award...Read more about Peter Glazer
Professor Goode is Artistic Director of Joe Goode Performance Group with whom he has performed in the U.S., Canada, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. His performance installations have been commissioned by the Krannert Art Museum, the M. H. DeYoung Museum, Capp Street Project, and The...Read more about Joe Goode
Over the last four decades, playwright Philip Kan Gotanda has been a major influence in the broadening of our definition of theater in America. The author of one of the largest bodies of Asian American-themed works, he has been instrumental in bringing stories of Asians in the United States to...Read more about Philip Kan Gotanda
Shannon Jackson is the Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Professor of the Arts & Humanities, Department Chair of History of Art, and former Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts + Design. Jackson’s research focuses on two overlapping domains: 1) collaborations across visual, performing, and media...Read more about Shannon Jackson
Roshanak Kheshti is an anthropologist, feminist, queer and race theorist, born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Her work sits at the intersection of sound, the senses, film and performance studies with an emphasis on diaspora and psychoanalysis. She is the author of...Read more about Roshanak Kheshti
SanSan's research interests include dance studies, Asian American studies, and performance studies. Her recent book, Love Dances: Loss and Mourning in Intercultural Collaboration (Oxford UP, 2021), is winner of the 2022 de la Torre Bueno© Award. She is also author of Kinesthetic...Read more about SanSan Kwan
Angela Marino's teaching and research focuses on performance and political cultures of the Southwest, Caribbean, and Latin America. She teaches classes on theater and performance studies theory, methods, and a praxis class called Teatro Lab. She also leads an interdisciplinary research...Read more about Angela Marino
Shannon Steen writes and teaches about a variety of topics, but primarily about performance in its social and political contexts. Her book The Creativity Complex: Art, Tech, and the Seduction of an Idea will be published with the University of Michigan Press in 2023. Prior to that she...Read more about Shannon Steen
Lisa Wymore completed her graduate study at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she was awarded a Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, an Outstanding Achievement Award, and a Moe Family Award for her creativity. After graduating with an M.F.A. in Dance in 1998...Read more about Lisa Wymore
Philip Agyapong is a dance teacher and researcher from Ghana who currently lives in California. At the University of Ghana, he earned his dance education by studying African dance forms from the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Ga-Adangbe, Ewe, Fon, Akan, and Dagomba in West Africa....Read more about Philip Agyapong
Sima Belmar earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from TDPS in 2015, and holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her scholarly writing has been published in The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Performance Matters...Read more about Sima Belmar
Nancy Carlin is a director, actor, writer, dialect coach, and acting teacher. A former company member of the American Conservatory Theater and associate artist with California Shakespeare Theater, she has performed and directed extensively in regional theaters, including A.C.T., Berkeley...Read more about Nancy Carlin
Iu-Hui Chua choreographs, performs, directs, and devises physical theater, dance, and video performance. She explores the intersection of somatics, performance, process, and creativity.
She was a member of Anna Halprin's Sea Ranch Collective, an associate teacher for Ms. Halprin, and is...Read more about Iu-Hui Chua
Rebecca J. Ennals (she/her) spent 21 seasons on the staff of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, including 10 seasons as Artistic Director, where she oversaw all aspects of production, education, and artistic programming. Her projects at SF Shakes included directing 8 school tours and 6...Read more about Rebecca J. Ennals
Srijani Ghosh earned her Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University. Her dissertation, “From Chantilly Lace to Chanel: Commodity Worship in Chick Lit,” is a literary sociological study of 20th and 21st century women’s popular fiction, and investigates the genre of chick lit as a site for...Read more about Srijani Ghosh
James "Bear" Graham is a San Francisco based choreographer, performer, and educator. James Graham Dance Theatre (JGDT), presents the work of James Graham while also curating the work of others, namely in DANCE LOVERS…duets by couples, crushes, and comrades, an annual show of duets...Read more about James "Bear" Graham
Chelsea Gregory (she/her) is a community-engaged artist, educator, cultural organizer, equity and restorative justice practitioner with over two decades of experience working at the intersections of arts and social change. She has collaborated with Urban Bush Women, Cornerstone Theater...Read more about Chelsea Gregory
Margo Hall is an award winning actor, director, playwright and educator.
Margo teaches Acting I and II, Emerging Works, and Film as Art at Chabot Community College. She has also taught Scene Study and Acting Workshops at the American Conservatory Theater MFA Program, and the Berkeley...Read more about Margo Hall
A recipient of the Extraordinary Teaching In Extraordinary Times Award, Mr. Herold serves as Coordinator of the Acting Program and teaches Advanced Acting and Directing for TDPS. His directing credits at Berkeley include productions of Stupid F##king Bird, 70 Scenes of Halloween, Metamorphoses,...Read more about Christopher Herold
Dominique Fawn Hill is a Tony Award-nominated and Obie Award-winning costume designer for Broadway and film.
Dominique's designs include world premieres of plays and musicals produced at major venues such as The Public Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC, The...Read more about Dominique Fawn Hill
Jessica Berman Hirigoyen is a dialect, voice, text, and acting coach. She has taught at UC Berkeley, American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.), and Academy of Art University. Recent dialect and vocal coaching credits include: Co-Head of Voice and...Read more about Jessica Berman Hirigoyen
Laxmi Kumaran has been with TDPS for over a decade. In addition to her role as Undergraduate Academic Advisor, she is a Continuing Lecturer for Technical Theater courses. She also teaches Stage Management in the Theater & Performance Studies Department at Stanford University. Laxmi...Read more about Laxmi Kumaran
Daniel Larlham is a theatre-maker and performance researcher with a Ph.D. in Theatre from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.
Daniel has held academic appointments at UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Yale University’s...Read more about Daniel Larlham
Born in Oakland, Erik K. Raymond Lee is a dance artist and youth advocate. He began his formal training at UC Berkeley where he earned a BA in Dance & Performance Studies and a BA in Art Practice with a concentration in painting in 2010. Erik earned his MFA in Dance from Mills...Read more about Erik K. Raymond Lee
Ms. Lozano has served on the TDPS faculty since 2014 and has taught throughout the acting sequence. Additionally, she directed the fall 2018 TDPS production of Tartuffe, as well as the TDPS webisode series Curly Fries in 2020.
Ms. Lozano is a Bay Area based director,...Read more about Domenique Lozano
A director, teacher, performer, and theatre maker of Tunisian heritage, and a Sephardic/Mizrahi Jewish feminist- activist-artist, Susannah has taught, directed, and performed for organizations throughout the Bay Area including: Shotgun Players (Company Member), A.C.T., California Shakespeare...Read more about Susannah Martin
Michael Socrates Moran grew up in Richmond, California before attending Boston University where he pursued his BFA. He has worked as a professional actor in regional theaters in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and at an off-Broadway house in New York City. He recently graduated from UC San Diego’...Read more about Michael Socrates Moran
Ray Oppenheimer is a San Francisco Bay Area based lighting designer, educator, scenographer, technologist, and creator who has been bringing his boundless curiosity, chimerical aesthetic, and Sisyphean perseverance to performance design and education since 2005. Ray graduated with a Master of...Read more about Ray Oppenheimer
Lana Palmer is a Canadian-born, San Francisco-based artist working in theatre, film, and music. As a sound designer and composer, she is proud to have worked with many leading theatre companies in the Bay Area and throughout North America. Her recent...Read more about Lana Palmer
A graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, Mark has been an instructor in acting and theater at the University of California Berkeley, University of San Francisco, American Conservatory Theater, and the Academy of Art University. He is also a communications and speech coach for...Read more about Mark Rafael
Patrick Russell is a professional actor and director whose work has been seen in theaters across the Bay Area. Most recent acting credits include Noises Off at San Francisco Playhouse, As You Like It for Cal Shakes, Measure for Measure at Marin Shakespeare Company, and...Read more about Patrick Russell
Arnel Sancianco is a Filipino-American award-winning set and production designer originally from San Diego, CA. Arnel received his B.A. in Drama with an honors in design from UC Irvine and his M.F.A. in Stage Design from Northwestern University.
During his time in Chicago, Arnel designed...Read more about Arnel Sancianco
Latanya d. Tigner has performed professionally with Dimensions Dance Theater within multidisciplinary works rooted in African diasporic dance forms since 1986. She holds a B.A. in Physical Education/Dance and a Master’s in Arts Administration. She directs Dimensions Dance Theater’s youth company...Read more about Latanya d. Tigner