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 Jean-Paul Gressieux, Department Manager, at

2019–2020 Visitors

Ana Arada

Award-Winning Illustrator

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

Leigh Henderson

Managing Director, Teatro Visión, Chicanx/Latinx Theater Company

Miguel Gutierrez

Choreographer, composer, performer, singer, writer, educator, and advocate

Lenora Lee

Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Director

Charles Slender White

Choreographer, Dancer, Artistic Director of FACT/SF

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