Administrative Staff

Myriam Cotton

Financial Analyst

Myriam Cotton has worked for UC Berkeley cumulatively for 15 years. She started in the Seismology Department, working there for three years. Myriam then took a couple of years off to raise her two youngest children. She came back to campus to work for the Space Sciences Laboratory up on Grizzly Peak—working there for two years. For the past ten years, Myriam has been back on campus working for the German, Spanish, and Portuguese Departments as their Financial Analyst. She enjoys gardening, knitting, and spending time with family and friends.

Ben Dillon

Director of Marketing & Communications

Ben oversees comprehensive messaging from TDPS to the campus and wider community. Students, faculty, and staff may contact Ben with questions regarding TDPS marketing, box office operations, event planning, social media, and website management.

Ben previously served as the Communications Coordinator for UC Berkeley's Department of History and as a community relations specialist for nonprofit organizations in the Kansas City area. He is an alum of AmeriCorps service-learning programs in the Midwest and Northeast, where he completed projects focused on environmental conservation,...

Jean-Paul Gressieux

Department Manager

Jean-Paul Gressieux has over 19 years of experience in nonprofit management, including 17 years in the San Francisco Bay Area theater scene. As Company Manager of Berkeley Repertory Theatre from 2012–2019, Jean-Paul supported and collaborated with hundreds of artists, artisans, and other producers of theater. With Berkeley Rep, he helped bring over 50 mainstage productions and countless events to fruition and worked with the organization's leadership to secure sustainable long-term artist housing in Berkeley.

Prior to Berkeley Rep, Jean-Paul spent several years at California...

Megan Lowe

Office Manager

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2012, Megan was hired as the Office Manager for TDPS. Her current duties include (but are not limited to): human resources, hiring, payroll, event planning, academic personnel, work-study supervision, and assisting students, employees, and visitors with TDPS inquiries. She also guest teaches master classes on contact improvisation, dynamic partnering, creative movement, and release technique principles for the department.

In addition to working for TDPS, Megan is heavily involved in the Bay Area dance scene. She is a dancer,...

Michael Mansfield

Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Lecturer

Michael’s professional theater and dance background includes 44 years of studying, performing, teaching, writing, choreographing, and directing. He is interested in the intersection point where theater, ritual, and education meet, and, has an unapologetic kinesthetic-learning bias.

Michael’s dance background includes tap, jazz, ballet, modern (Cunningham, Horton, and Dunham), ballroom and Latin dance, historical dance, cultural/ethnic dances, ritual dance, liturgical dance, musical theater, contact improvisation, improvisation, ice dancing, and creative movement. He has training and...

Avy Valladares

Graduate Student Services Advisor

Dr. Avy Valladares (a.k.a. "Avy," a.k.a "Aviccus," a.k.a "El Profe," a.k.a "Hey You!"), is the Graduate Student Service Advisor for the Ph.D. program offered by the Graduate Group in Performance Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Italian Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Film and Media from the University of California Berkeley in 2015. He holds an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, a B.A. from UCLA, and a lot of B.S. from just being alive on this planet.

He is currently an adjunct faculty member in...