Guest Artists & Scholars

We regularly invite professional artists and scholars into our classes to share insights about their creative work and research, provide guidance on current industry practices, and connect students with professional opportunities.

In the 2021–2022 academic year, we welcomed more than 25 guests. (See below for a full list of guests.) Many of these visits were supported by the Shelly Osborne Guest Artist Fund. We are grateful for this ongoing support that enables us to introduce students to a wide variety of professionals in performing arts and performance studies.

Guest Artists & Scholars


Guest Artists

Karina Gutiérrez
Director, The River Bride

Jeunée Simon
Intimacy Choreographer

Guest Speakers

W. Kamau Bell
Emmy Award-Winning Comedian, Director, and Producer

Wilson Chinn
Obie Award-Winning Scenic Designer

Daveed Diggs
Tony Award-Winning Actor (Hamilton) and Musician


President's Postdoctoral Fellows

Peggy Kyoungwon Lee

Rosalia Lerner

Guest Artists

Ray Archie
Sound Designer, In the Red and Brown Water

Shannon R. Davis
Director, Daughters of Leda

Lenora Lee
Director, Berkeley Dance Project 2023

Lana Palmer
Sound Designer, The Late Wedding

Mikiko Uesugi
Scenic Designer, The Late Wedding

Jasmine Williams
Costume Designer, In the Red and Brown Water


Guest Artists

Erika Chong Shuch
Director, The After Party

Daiane Lopes Da Silva
Co-Director, Berkeley Dance Project 2022

Weidong Yang
Co-Director, Berkeley Dance Project 2022

Guest Speakers

Narda E. Alcorn
Professor of Stage Management, Yale School of Drama

Sahar Assaf
Executive Artistic Director, Golden Thread Productions

Leila Buck

Gerald Casel

David Coulter
Composer & Director

Malkia Devich-Cyril
Activist & Writer

Isaac Fellman
Author & Archivist

Nate Floyd
Movement Artist

Elysse Green
Writer & Director

Leigh Henderson
Managing Director, Teatro Visión

Monique Jenkinson
Drag Artist & Choreographer

York Kennedy
Lighting Designer

Hana Sooyeon Kim
Scenic Designer & Projection Artist

Lenora Lee
Choreographer & Dancer

Trenda Loftin
Theater Artist & Facilitator

Will MacAdams
Playwright & Director

Eyla Moore
Dancer & Dance Educator

Mina Morita
Artistic Director, Crowded Fire Theater

Joan Osato
Producer & Designer

Eugenia Park
Massage & Movement Therapist

Randee Paufve
Choreographer & Dancer

Rowena Richie
Movement Artist & Writer

Eric Ting
Artistic Director, California Shakespeare Theatre

Rosie Ueng
Movement Artist

Maggie Whitaker
Costume Designer