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

2018–2019 Guest Artists and Scholars

Philip Agyapong
Dance Teacher and Researcher, West African Dance

Julie Burelle
Professor of Theatre and Dance, UC San Diego

Jiwon Chung
Artistic Director of Kairos Theater Ensemble

Selena Couture
Assistant Professor, Department of Drama, University of Alberta

Catherine Marie Davalos
Chicana Choreographer

Janet Foster
Bay Area Casting Director

Jim French
Lighting Director for San Francisco Ballet

Jorge Garcia
Mexican Danzante and Researcher

Marc Gomes
Actor, Writer, and Teacher

Molly Kate Holsinger
Clowning Artist and Photographer

Ra Malika Imhotep
Black Feminist Writer and Performance Artist

Daria Kaufman
Dancer and Choreographer

Warren David Keith
Actor, Director, and Teacher

Lenora Lee

Cynthia Ling
Choreographer and Professor of Theater

Stephen Meyerink
Translator and Editor

Thaïs Miller
Author and Teacher

Mina Morita
Director, Activist, and Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theater

Jose Navarrete
Multidisciplinary Performance Artist

Genevieve Erin O’Brien
Performance Artist, Community Organizer, and Educator

Ann Oliver
Costume Designer

Shanti Pillai
Dance and Performance Artist, Scholar, and Writer

Lisa Ramirez
Actor, Playwright, and Artistic Director of Ubuntu Theater Project

Mayaan Sheinfeld
Gaga Instructor, Batsheva Dance Company

Rosangela Silvestre
Afro-Brazilian Dance Teacher

Octavio Solis

Jadelynn Stahl
Performer, Activist, Scholar, and Writer

Javier Stell-Fresquez
Indigenous Dancer and Researcher

Caridad Svich
OBIE Award-Winning Playwright (The House of the Spirits)

Keith Terry
Percussionist, Rhythm Dancer, and Educator

Marni Thomas Wood
Choreographer and Dance Technique Instructor

Sharon Ama Wray
Performance Researcher, African Dance-Based Improvisation

Ra Malika Imhotep, Black Feminist Writer and Performance Artist
Rosangela Silvestre, Afro-Brazilian Dance Teacher
Shanti Pillai and Marc Gomes, Performance Artists, Writers, and Scholars