Guest Artists & Scholars

Guest artists and scholars share insights into their current work and research, provide guidance on current industry practices, and connect students with professional opportunities.

In 2018–2019 academic year, TDPS welcomed more than 30 guest artists and scholars in our classrooms, studios, and labs. Many of these visits were supported by the Shelly Osborne Guest Artist Fund. We are extremely grateful for this ongoing support that enables us to introduce students to a wide variety of professionals in performing arts and performance studies.

If you are interested in supporting guest artists and scholars, please contact Prof. Lisa Wymore, Department Chair, at

Upcoming Visitors

Miguel Gutierrez — Nov. 2019

Miguel Gutierrez is a choreographer, composer, performer, singer, writer, educator and advocate who has lived in New York for over twenty years. He is fascinated by the time-based nature of performance and how it creates an ideal frame for phenomenological questions around presence and meaning-making. His work proposes an immersive state, for performer and audience alike, where attention itself becomes an elastic material. He believes in an approach to art making that is fierce, fragile, empathetic, political, and irreverent.

2019–2020 Visitors

Philip Agyapong
Afro-Pop Dance Instructor

José Francisco Barroso
Afro-Cuban Dance Instructor

Gerald Casel
Choreographer & Dance Researcher

Melecio Estrella
Co-founder & Director of Bay Area Dance Theater Group, Fog Beast

Diane Ferlatte
Grammy Nominated Storyteller

Lenora Lee
Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Director

Eric Ting
Obie Award-Winning Director, Artistic Director of California Shakespeare Theater

Miguel Gutierrez, choreographer, composer, performer
Image credit: 
Ian Douglas
Rosangela Silvestre, Afro-Brazilian Dance Teacher