Faculty Staff 

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Lorelei Bayne photo Lorelei Bayne, Vice Chair, Dance Coordinator 
Dance History, Theory & Criticism, Choreography 
(916) 278-7721\ e-mail: baynel@saclink.csus.edu

Lorelei Bayne has been involved in the world of professional dance for over 20 years.  She began her studies at the University of South Florida where she earned a BA in Dance under the tutelage of William Hug, Lynne Wimmer, Gretchen Warren and Sandra Robinson.  She taught and performed on the East Coast with Philadelphia-based, Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre and Karen Bamonte Danceworks, before moving to New York City.  She has performed in the works of 20th century dance notables Jose Limon, Mark Morris, Ann Reinking, May O’Donnell, and Mark Dendy, and during her 14 years of professional work based in NYC, also performed with Elizabeth Streb, Clarinda MacLow/ cml performance group, Lynn Marie Ruse/ FREEFALL, and many independent NYC dance makers.  Her own choreography (Lorelei Bayne Performance Projects) has been presented throughout New York City and nationally.  She received her MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Bayne is a certified Yoga Instructor (Integral Yoga Institute/ NYC) and holds a Pilates floor certification (PhysicalMindInstitute/ NYC.)  She was associate producer and camera operator on a documentary with director Khalda Logan in 2003, “And then they flew…” presented in the 2004 Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center, New York City.  Bayne’s broad experience in the dance field includes work as a teaching artist in the New York City public schools and as a visiting guest artist, faculty member, and choreographer at several universities’, including Western Connecticut State University, James Madison University, University of South Florida, University of Vermont, and the University of Louisiana.  Currently, Ms. Bayne’s primary area of interest and research is dance theatre and interdisciplinary performance forms.  She was the Co-Artistic Director of the Sacramento- based Dangerous Lorraines Dance Theater with dance artist Melissa Wynn from 2007-2010.  Bayne currently serves as the Dance Coordinator and is an Associate Professor at Sacramento State.

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Ed BrazoEd Brazo 
Musical Theatre, Acting, Tap Dance
(916) 278-6530 \ e-mail: edbrazo@csus.edu

Ed Brazo, Assistant Professor of acting technique and musical theatre, joined the faculty of Sacramento State Department of Theatre & Dance in 2002 after maintaining a professional career for over 25 years. Ed heads the musical theatre program and has directed Cabaret, Crazy for You, A Chorus Line, and 42nd Street
Ed has also been an annual guest director/choreographer, performer at Tulane University, University of North Texas, Granbury Opera House, Cortland Repertory Theatre and a featured musical theatre workshop artist at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. In 1995, Ed was one of five teachers chosen to tour Australia on a Rotary-sponsored “Arts In Education” teaching exchange program.
As a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers since 1975, Ed performed on Broadway in Take Me Along and toured nationally with Angela Lansbury in Gypsy, playing over 10 different roles in three years. Sacramento credits include directing and choreographing The Music Man at Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre, A Christmas Carol at Sacramento Theatre Company and performing the role of Eugene Fodor in Crazy for You, Rudolph in Hello, Dolly!, Lewis Morris in1776, and Franz in The Sound of Music at Sacramento’s Music Circus.

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Zac Cahoon photoZac Cahoon
Equipment Technician
(916) 278-7725 \ e-mail: zac.cahoon@csus.edu

Zac Cahoon (Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, Performing Arts Technician) has been involved with theatre and dance for over 15 years.  He has been a lighting designer for numerous productions, concerts, and events including Side by Side by Sondheim and Suessical for Fair Oaks Theatre Festival, Measure for Measure and the U.S. premier of Nights at the Circus for UC Davis, Cendrillon (Cinderella the Opera), An Evening With Carol Channing, Dance Sites, and both lighting and scenic designs for Blues for an Alabama Sky for Sacramento State University as well as Agnes of God and Greater Tuna with China Cat Productions.  Zac has also designed sound for numerous plays, including Speed the Plow, View from the Bridge, and Diviners at Modesto Junior College and Appleseed with Modesto Performing Arts.  In addition to plays, Zac has been involved with the design and production of events such as concerts, fashion shows, dance productions, and other events working with Fox Theatre, Tower Theatre, Innovative Entertainment, Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, San Francisco Fringe Festival, among many others.  Zac has a Bachelor of Arts in Technical Theatre and has studied lighting design at UC Davis.

 

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Andonia Cakouros photoAndonia Cakouros
Appreciation of Acting, Children's Theatre
(916) 278-7715 \ e-mail: andonia@saclink.csus.edu

Andonia Cakouros has been a Professor of Theatre at California State University, Sacramento in California since 1977, teaching acting at all levels, oral expression of literature, movement, opera workshop and theatre classes for education majors. Andonia earned her undergraduate degree from University of Pittsburgh and her graduate degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. Delivering papers and performing at national and international conferences, her writing has been published in several languages.  As an actress, some of her most favorite roles include Agave from The Bacchae (under the direction of renowned director Takis Mouzenidis of the National Theatre of Greece), Jocasata in poet Ted Hughes’ adaptation of Seneca’s Oedipus, Anita in West Side Story, Liz Morden in Our Country’s Good, Ouisa Kittridge in Six Degrees of Separation, Eleni Kazantzakis in Man of Crete, as well as other work in San Francisco, Chicago and New York.  Committed to Greek poetry—past and present—Andonia has produced and performed many public readings, and along with two hundred other readers, most recently participated in an all-night reading of Homer’s Odyssey in which she performed in both Greek and English.  Internationally, Andonia has had the pleasure of performing in Latvia, Poland, the Curium Theatre in Cyprus, and the ancient Delphic stadium in Greece.  In 2010, she performed in Athens at the American College of Greece, Mimi Dennisi’s School of Acting, and a solo showcase for film and theatre actors and directors.  She has served as choreographer and movement specialist in productions as varied as A Thousand Cranes (Lincoln Center Honor), Blood Wedding, Into the Woods, and Antigone (Professional Theatre Artists Guild Award).  A fan of original work, she has directed several premiere productions including All Dressed Up; A Fence Around My House (Kennedy Center Finalist); and her own performance-piece, Greece: The Soul, an evening of poetry, dance, art and music.  For the past few years, Andonia has been developing a one-woman show of classical Greek monologues, music and dance, as well as her own original writing.  Currently, she is playing the female lead in the film The Classic Grill, a story of a Greek immigrant family set in the 1940s.  As an actress, choreographer, director and writer, Andoina has explored the complex and liberating processes that drama brings as its gift.  She believes theatre to be a healing art—sacred and potent. 

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Stephanie ConradStephanie Conrad
Performing Arts Technician
(916) 278-6287 \ e-mail: sconrad@saclink.csus.edu

Stephanie Conrad is a 1989 graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a BA in ART with an emphasis on theater. Stephanie began her career in scenic painting as an independent contractor, including five years at American Musical Theater in San Jose from 1993 thru 1998 and Children's Musical Theater of San Jose from 1995 through the present. She has also plied her craft for Sacramento Opera, Music Circus, Theatre Works, the Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco, Opera San Jose, and Fresno Ballet. While focusing primarily on a career as a scenic artist, Stephanie loves all aspects of production and has had a varied career. She became intrigued with properties during her first experience working with Music Circus in 1993. Since that time, she has been Properties Artisan for 20 Music Circus productions including the Wizard of OZ, 2004, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, 2005 and Hello Dolly, 2007.


Stephanie's TV and Film experience include props and scenic painting for two Hallmark Hall of Fame productions for CBS, the children’s television show, Kanga Roddy, produced at KTEH, San Jose, 1997 - 1999 and King of the Bingo Game, for PBS in 1999.


Stephanie, proud of her affiliation with IATSE as a stage hand, has been dispatched by local chapters 16, 50 and 134 as carpenter, electrician and painter, including American Conservatory Theatre, Industrial Light and Magic and for such productions as 40 Days and 40 Nights, Return of the Mummy, Memoirs of a Geisha, and The Who's TOMMY. Over the years Stephanie has received extraordinary training, support and from local IATSE members, and is helping to keep alive the traditional art of the Scenic Artist in the contemporary theatre.

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Andrea CoolAndrea Cool 
Administrative Support Coordinator 
(916) 278-6617 \ e-mail: acool@csus.edu

Andrea Cool is an alumni of Sacramento State and also received her MA in English from this University.  She brings a long tenure of administrative assistance skills from jobs both inside and outside this campus as well as an extensive background of performance and support related to the Fine Arts.  Her interest in the artistic efforts of our department’s costume shop lead her to volunteering her sewing skills one Saturday and that lead to working as a department coordinator in the department’s main office.   She likes the variety of the department and, “I love to watch a show build and all the creativity that goes into it, especially upstairs in the costume shop.   This is such a colorful, vibrant place to work and there’s always something going on, even in the hallways, with students rehearsing lines or practicing songs.”  And when things get quiet downstairs, she still offers an extra pair of hands to hem skirts or sew buttons on uniforms in Shasta 300.

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MicheMichelle Felten photolle Felten
Acting, Voice & Movement, Audition Technique, Shakespeare
(916) 278-6280\ e-mail: mfelten@csus.edu

Michelle Felten, Associate Professor of Acting and Voice, Professor Felten holds an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) and a BA from UC Irvine.  A member of both Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actors Guild, her extensive performing resume includes: the national touring shows of 42nd Street as Dorothy Brock, and Nunsense II as Sister Robert Anne; the off-Broadway production of Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know; the world premiere of Chekhov’s The Black Monk – with Laterna Magika of Prague; and leading roles in regional productions of Evita, I Do! I Do!  Man of La Mancha, Annie Get Your Gun, As You Like It, The Glass Menagerie, and The Skin of Our Teeth.  Her TV, industrial and commercial credits include: NBC’s Midnight Caller, Transamerica Insurance, B of A, and Levi Strauss.  Professor Felten is very active with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and was recently honored as the recipient of the Horace Robinson Award for her many contributions, including coordinating the popular “Evening of Invitational Scenes” for Region VII.   In 2010, her CSUS production of Twelfth Night was invited to perform at the Region VII festival in Reno; and in 2009, a scene from her production of Picnic represented Region VIII, when she was also honored by the National Partners’ Theatre for coaching the Outstanding Regional Classical Actor.  Besides coaching, instructing all levels of acting-including Shakespeare and Classic Realism, Ms. Felten teaches Voice, Movement, and Audition Technique.  Departmental activities include directing annually; serving as faculty advisor for the Dramatist Society; and directing the KCACTF Acting Showcase.  Recent directing credits off-site include Mame for SRT and …Spelling Bee for SJDC Ms. Felten was selected by her peers in 2009 to receive the Outstanding Teacher Award for the College of Arts and Letters.  

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Philip FlickingerPhilip "Flick" Flickinger
Modern/Contemporary Dance, Choreography, Dance Cultures of America, Performance Skills
(916) 278-7033 \ e-mail: philip.flickinger@saclink.csus.edu

Philip Flickinger joined the Sacramento State Theater and Dance department in the fall of 2011.  He joins the faculty after spending five years with Diavolo Dance Theater under the direction of Jacques Heim.  Mostly recently Flickinger choreographed and assistant directed Watashi Niwa Jishingu Aru by Leslie Ishii.  He also choreographed Antigone for EastWest Players Acting Conservatory. 
While in Diavolo he had the pleasure to originate roles in Foreign Bodies and Fearful Symmetries, which both premiered at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  He also danced principal roles in Trajectoire and D2RA as well as the duets Sleepwalking DuetKnockturne Duet and Humachina.  While touring with Diavolo, Flickinger had the opportunity to tour Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Germany and Austria, South Korea, and Brazil.
Previous to Diavolo, Flickinger danced for 3rd Law Dance/Theater in Boulder originating roles in Bread and SaltA Mannequin’s Dreamand Barometric Pressure.  While in Colorado, he also danced with Hannah Kahn Dance Company of Denver, and Colorado’s Premiere Aerial Dance Company Frequent Flyers Productions.  Flickinger also set four pieces of his own choreography on the Frequent Flyers during his 3 seasons with the company.
Flickinger has also had the opportunity to perform a restaging of Set/Reset by Shelley Senter (originally choreographed by Trisha Brown) as well as pieces by Kevin Wynn, Bebe Miller, and Art Bridgman/Myrna Packard.  
Philip Flickinger earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Choreography and Performance and his Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Sociology/Anthropology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, MN.

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Linda GoodrichDr. Linda Goodrich
African-Caribbean Dance, Choreography, Dunham Technique

(916) 278-2803 \ e-mail: achebe@csus.edu

Dr. Linda S. Goodrich began her dance training in ballet, modern, Afro-Haitian and jazz dance. Born in Columbus, Ohio, she danced with and then directed several different companies in the Ohio region before moving to New York to continue her studies. She earned her M.A. (1972), Ph.D. (1976) at The Ohio State University, and her M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance (1982) at Mills College. Moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 70’s, she performed in Stompin’ at the Savoy as well as playing the lead role in Carmen Jones. She has directed and choreographed such shows as Dancing at Lugnasa, The Colored Museum, Jar the Floor, Cabin in the Sky, Raisin,  For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbo Was Enuf, Sisters and The Old Settler. She has performed with Sacramento Theatre Company (Jar the Floor and To Kill A Mockingbird, Oakland Ensemble (For Colored Girls…), and other regional theaters throughout California and Ohio.  She is the For the past 15 years she has served as the Artistic Director and Faculty Advisor to Sacramento/Black Art of Dance (S/BAD) a modern dance group that follows the traditions of black concert dance and Ms. Katherine Dunham and one of the founding members of  Ebo Okokan, an Afro Cuban Dance Ensemble.  She also produced and choreographed Viva Carnival (2002); Sideshow (2003), and Pop Rocks (2006) for the California State Fair. She made her Sac State directorial debut with Venus in 2002. Dr. Goodrich is very committed to working with community arts organizations, frequently directing productions at the Sacramento non-profit performance venue Celebration Arts Theatre where she also serves as a board member.

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Art GruenebergerArt Grueneberger
Multicultural Puppetry

(916) 278-7303 \ e-mail: PuppetArtsSacramento@gmail.com

 

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Nhan Ho
Hip-Hop
(916) 278-6369

Nhan Ho, an emerging artist from the San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He is most known for his fusion of dance styles and movements. Nhan has always been inspired and intrigued in the exploration of movements through kinesthetic teaching and demonstrating. His energy is described as dynamic.  In addition, he enjoys collaborating with composers, musicians, photographers, videographers, designers, and all forms of artists. He himself started out as a musician who was itching to dance from his seat.  Besides dancing for many professional dance companies from West Coast to East Coast, he founded Nhan Ho Project in 2010. As an artistic director of the company, he enables many artists to perform in a professional atmosphere and escalate them to be professional performing artists.  Nhan Ho is a 2008 graduate of the Dance Program at SJSU where he was “Outstanding Graduating Senior.” He ventured into the world of dance at the age of sixteen under the guidance of Kellye Dodd, Director of the Dance Program at Independence High in East San Jose. He was a member of IndepenDANCE, the school’s performing ensemble and part of the Mentoring Program, under the direction of Gary Masters. As a member of SJSU's University Dance Theatre his choreography, Echoes, was selected for adjudication at the American College Dance Festival in 2005.

Professionally, he had danced with BODYART Dance Company (NY), Sasha Soreff Dance Theatre (NY), I-Danse (NY), Faye Driscoll (NY), Printz Dance Project (SF), PUSH Dance Company (SF) , Facing East Dance & Music (Oakland & Berkeley), Margaret Wingrove Dance Company (SJ), and KTDavisDance (Modesto). He continues to find the balance of being a professional dance performer and choreographer/instructor/director.

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Danielle L.M. Johnson
Temporary Dance Production Staff
(916) 278-7033

Danielle Johnson is a choreographer and performer residing in the Sacramento area.  She started dancing around the age of 2, and it soon became the driving force in her life.  During high school she realized her second passion in technology and now has a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Computer Engineering.  While at Sacramento State Danielle served as President of the Sacramento State Dance Alliance for two years and is currently the Dance Production Student Assistant for the Department of Theatre and Dance.  She has represented Sac State at three American College Dance Festival Association Conferences (ACDFA), performing in the adjudicated works of Tung Nguyen at CSU Long Beach, Philip Flickinger at Modesto Jr. College, and Lorelei Bayne at Scottsdale Community College, and in 2013 she was honored to be selected to perform in the ACDFA Gala Concert.  Danielle has performed the works of many esteemed choreographers including Lori Bryhni, Osvaldo Ramirez, and Randee Paufve.  Her professional engagements include company member of Lorelei Bayne Dance Projects, Rehearsal Assistant to Philip Flickinger in residency at Gustavus Aldophus College, and current company member and rehearsal director for DIG/ Dancers Investigation Group- Artistic Directors Lorelei Bayne and Philip Flickinger.

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Jan Johnston
Style In Costume, Makeup for Stage, Introdution to Theatre
(916) 278-7303 \ e-mail: jan.johnston@csus.edu

Jan Johnston joined the Sacramento State Theatre & Dance department in the fall of 2014. She has had a long and varied career as educator and professional costume designer and makeup artist. She earned her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she taught stage makeup classes.  Jan worked at Pacific Northwest Ballet for ten years on costumes and was lead makeup artist there. She worked on many productions in Seattle at A Contemporary Theater, Seattle Opera, and other theaters. She designed costumes for productions at Seattle Children’s Theater and Pioneer Square Theater.  Jan began her teaching career as a high school drama teacher in 1977. After earning her MFA, she has served on the theater faculty at College of the Redwoods, Wenatchee Valley College, Seattle University, Northwestern University of Louisiana, and Southern Illinois University.

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Gretchen JungGretchen Jung
Film Studies
(916) 278-5785 \ e-mail: gaxjung@hotmail.com

 

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Tyehimba Kokayi Tyehimba Kokayi
African-Caribbean Dance, Percussion, Dunham Technique
(916) 278-2803 \ headlion1@live.com

Tyehimba Kokayi-( was born in the South and developed his love of music and dance at an early age through the church. At the age of 10, he moved with his family to the Oakland Bay Area, at 15 he began taking formal dance classes.  By the age of 18, he began teaching gymnastics at a dance studio and expanded his formal training to include Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern and Dunham. Concurrently, he performed with the Oakland Children’s Chorus and The Oakland Youth Chorus. As a young adult he moved to Sacramento and enrolled at CSUS. Here he studied theater under the late Thomas Michael Gates and dance with James Wheatley and Pepper Von. Tyehimba subsequently joined the Black Repertory Dance Troupe of UC Davis.  Tyehimba attend his first West African dance class In Oakland and began taking classes with several teachers including Linda Johnson and Zak Diouf  and Naiomi Diouf. His love of West African Dance led him to further study with the great Alasane Kane and Abdoulia Diakite. He joined "CEEDO West African Drum and Dance Troupe" where he performed for 10 years. Tyehimba became just as interested in the Djembe drum used in West African Dance and mastered the drum with the same passion. Tyehimba is driven through his love of West African Culture to educate and make West African Dance and Drum accessible to all people.

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Nicole MankerNicole Manker
African-Caribbean Dance, Dunham Technique
(916) 278-2803 \ e-mail: manker@csus.edu

Nicole Manker was born and raised in Sacramento, California. She has a B.A. in Foreign Languages (French, German and Italian) with a concentration on translation and cultural studies. She has been working as a translator for more than a decade and is currently in her Junior Year as a Mechanical Engineering Student.  Nicole began her artistic career as a percussionist, performing in orchestra, jazz, marching, pep bands and drumlins, including collaborating with Guardian Knights Drum Corps. Nicole began dancing in the mid-1990s and rapidly realized that her passion for composing music translated to her love of choreography.  Nicole has performed and choreographed for a variety of groups, including with Small Shoulders, Big Dreams, a world premiere work that showcased at the Crocker Art Museum. She has spent the bulk of her artistic energy collaborating with dance companies, studios, and otherwise in Northern California, as well as working with theatre productions, fashion shows, and some miscellaneous artistic endeavors in Western Europe.  Nicole has developed a post-modern dance technique that works in all dimensions and uses gravity as a powerful vessel for shifting momentum in order to maintain a conversation based on what the body knows. She has recently been teaching master classes for dancers and gymnasts throughout Northern California.  Nicole is currently Adjunct Faculty at CSUS as well as the Associate Artistic Director and Booking Manager for Sacramento/Black Art of Dance (S/BAD). Since 1992 S/BAD remains deeply rooted in Katherine Dunham’s technique with cultural fusions of African and Caribbean styles. Nicole also founded Dynamic EnerG, which is a worldwide collective of more than four-hundred artists that have been creating together since 2007. Nicole looks forward to continuing to balance choreographic perspectives, become certified as a Master Dunham Instructor, create cutting-edge technology and inspire others to love life as much as she loves her son.

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Daniel Neeland
Technical Director
(916) 278-7726 \ e-mail: daniel.neeland@csus.edu

Daniel Neeland is a graduate of CSUS' Mechanical Engineering program and has been doing technical theater for over 25 years. It all started when a roommate asked if he could help finish building a set, and Daniel liked doing it so much that he never quit. Over the years, Daniel has been the Technical Director for U.C. Davis, Sacramento Theater Company, B Street Theater, Shakespeare in the Park, and California Shakespeare Festival. He has also worked at The Old Globe Theater, Morpheus Lights, American Musical Theater of San Jose, various movie and TV Projects, as well as doing design work. Despite working with power tools for over 30 years, Daniel can still count to ten using all his own fingers.

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Roberto Pomo photoDr. Roberto Pomo
Dramatic Literature, Film Studies, Theatre History
(916) 278-7720 \ e-mail: pomor@csus.edu

Dr. Roberto D. Pomo is Professor of Theatre History and Film Studies. At Sacramento State, he has served as Director of the Honors Program, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, Interim Director for the School of the Arts, and Coordinator of the Film Studies Program. In 2009, Dr. Pomo was selected as winner of the university’s The John C. Livingston Award.

 Dr. Pomo’s teaching (graduate and undergraduate level) and research concentrate on Latin American Drama, Latino/Chicano Drama and Theatre, Latin American film, Film Theory and Criticism, Theatre History, Performance Theory, and Multicultural Perspectives in American Cinema.

 A co-author of The Longman anthology of World Drama and Theatre: A Global Perspective, and The Longman Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Drama, Dr. Pomo’s current work center in the areas of playwriting and translation.

 Dr. Pomo was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, in the field of Caribbean Literature and Performance Theory. He was also an NEH Fellow at the Center for Twentieth Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in the area of Post-Modern Performance Studies.

 As Artistic Director of the Elenco Experimental for 12 years, Dr. Pomo directed productions grounded in the areas of political theatre and multicultural performance aesthetics.

 Dr. Pomo holds the Ph.D. in Theatre History and Theory from the University of Utah, a Master of Arts in Dramatic Literature from the University of California, Davis, and the Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Theatre from Brigham Young University.

 Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Pomo is a citizen of the United States of America.  

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Osvaldo RamirezOsvaldo Ramirez
Mexican Folklorico
(916) 278-2866 \ e-mail: oramirez@csus.edu

Osvaldo Ramirez has been involved in Mexican Folklorico Dance since 2001.  He started as a member of Raices de mi Tierra in Fall 2001 when the group was a student organization here on campus.  Within 3 months of training, he joined this company as a full time dancer.  Throughout these past 10 years, Osvaldo was involved in over 700 dance productions and performances.  Moreover, he was actively involved as a dance instructor since 2006, as a co-artistic director since 2007, and board committee member as the Wardrobe Chair in charge of costumes since 2005.  Due to Osvaldo’s interest in dance, he joined two other dance groups while still a full time dancer with Raices de mi Tierra.  In 2005, Osvaldo was invited by Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes to perform in Beijing at the International Dance Festival in China and represent Mexico in this cultural event.  Upon his return, he stayed with this group for two years where he received various trainings by the well known bay area instructor and choreographer, Xenon Barron (former dancer of the Ballet Folklorico de Amalia Hernandez), who is the director of Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco.  Furthermore, Osvaldo had developed an interest in cultural dances from India.  Thus, while at UC Davis in 2006, he joined the Bharatanatyam dance group under the direction of Venita Katir who is an international performer of the South Indian dance styles. Furthermore, Osvaldo has gone to Dance conferences in Mexican Folklorico across Mexico and the US as well as taken trainings in other styles of dance which include Ballroom, Modern, Capoera, Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Flamenco, and Ballet under Ron Cunningham, Director of the Sacramento Ballet Company.  Currently, Osvaldo along with Manuel Perez, a long time friend and dance director, started a their own Mexican Dance group called Grupo Folklorico Los Alteños as of this year.  His dedication and collaboration with artists in the field has allowed for his new group to grow artistically.  He holds a Bachelors of  Arts in Psychology with minors in Anthropology and Spanish from UC Davis and Masters of Science degree in Career Counseling from CSU Sacramento.  Overall, he has over 7 years of experience as a counselor/advisor from the high school, community college and university levels.  At our campus, he’s actively involved in various roles by serving as Student Affairs representative in the Multicultural Center’s Advisory Council Board, Member of the Chicano/Latino Faculty Staff Association, and liaison to other offices like College Assistance Migrant Program, Educational Opportunity Program, Women’s Resource Center, Pride Center, Serna Center, and several major departments.   Osvaldo Ramirez has been involved in Mexican Folklorico Dance since 2001 and has been involved in over 700 dance productions.  He has trained in Mexican Folklorico across Mexico and the US and has studied Ballroom, Modern, Capoeira, Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Flamenco, and Ballet. B.A. Psychology, M.S. Career Counseling.

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Ron ReisnerRon Reisner
Production Coordinator, Stagecraft, Design, Scenic & Lighting Design
(916) 278-6325 \ e-mail: rreisner@csus.edu

Ron Reisner first started working for Sacramento State’s Department of Theatre & Dance as a Graduate Student in 1996, while studying lighting and set design. In 2007, Ron became a full-time assistant professor, teaching lighting, stagecraft, and set design. Ron also serves as Production Coordinator and oversees the development process from idea to opening night. Ron’s lighting and set design achievements include North Star, Loose Knit, 42nd Street, Lorca in a Green Dress, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Picnic, Bat Boy, Twelfth Night and Dance Sites.

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Mary RobinsonMary Robinson
Introduction to Theatre, Appreciation of Acting, Children's Theatre
(916) 278-6702 \ e-mail: mrobinson@csus.edu

Mary Robinson has been a member of the Sac State Department of Theatre and Dance in various capacities since 1968.  She earned her B.A. in Drama here in 1974, her M.S. in Counseling in 1989, and has been a member of the Theatre and Dance faculty since fall 2000.

Mary has a strong passion for all things theatre, and has honed her skills in the area of youth drama with her own four children, and while working in the San Juan Unified School District.

On stage, Mary has performed in The Wedding Band, Steel Magnolias, A Broadway Christmas, A Murder is Announced, The Vagina Monologues and numerous community theatre productions.

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Lisa Ross photoLisa Hermann-Ross
Jazz Dance, Modern/Contemporary Dance
(916) 278-7714

Lisa Ross is the Co-Artistic Director of Red Bucket Dance Theatre, a ground-breaking new contemporary dance company based in Sacramento, CA.  Her choreography infuses a blend of jazz and contemporary movement with theatre, often engaging the audience in thought-provoking dialogue.  She has danced professionally with Dale Scholl Dance/Art, Ruth Rosenberg Dance Ensemble, the NBA Sacramento Kings Fastbreak Dance Team, the United Spirit Association, the Universal Dance Association where she performed in London, England and even as a character artist for the Sacramento Ballet.  She has choreographed and performed in such works as "Chicago", "A Little Night Music", "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", "What Price, Liberty?", "The Music Man", "Berlin to Broadway", "The Wiz" and many others.  Lisa has been an adjunct faculty member at CSUS since 2000 and is a proud alumni.  She is happily married and enjoying her most challenging but rewarding role thus far, as mother to her three beautiful children; Gwendolyn, Angela and Zane.

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Aubri Siebert
Dance Cultures of America
(916) 278-6369 \ e-mail: aubrisiebert@gmail.com 

Aubri Siebert is a choreographer, performer, dance educator, director, and artistic mentor currently based in Northern California.  She has performed as well as taught both nationally and internationally traveling to such lengths as Korea and Taiwan. Her choreographic talents vary from thought provoking contemporary work, to era-specific lindy hop performance pieces, to choreography for full-length musicals.  Her college education at the University of California, Irvine earned her both a BA and MFA in dance.  As a student in the MFA program, she focused her educational career researching the pedagogical methods used in relation to the choreographic process. As an educator Aubri has worked at numerous colleges throughout California as well as spending a number of years assisting in a physical therapy clinic.  As a performer, she has had the privilege to work with such professional choreographers as Loretta Livingston and Lisa Naugle, and also holds the title of National Jitterbug Champion for her partner work with long-time dance partner Gabriel Cashman. Aubri has also founded and directed her own Lindy Hop performance company entitled The Fly Rights, four-time national champions.

Aubri is presently an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Sacramento.  Her wide range of movement knowledge has allowed her to teach many courses such as Jazz, Modern, Body Conditioning, Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Choreography, Dance Cultures, and Commercial Dance.  She has also taught seminars focusing on dance education, partner aerial work, Lindy Hop, and advanced contemporary techniques. With her work in the area of Physical Therapy, Aubri holds a large focus on injury prevention and correction of improper movement habits.

As founder and artistic director of The Fly Rights, Aubri has created multiple works presented throughout the United States.  Focusing on movement technique from the era, she works to bring an old classic to fresh eyes, specifically using inventive aerial techniques and concise group formation work.  The Fly Rights hold four national titles and one international title and have been invited to perform at the Swing Dance Hall of Fame ceremony, Tribute to the Groovie Movie event, and the Redwood Coast Jazz Festival. In 2013 she was inducted into the Swing Dance Hall of Fame for her work with this group. She was also cofounder and choreographer of TheAtree Productions, a musical theatre production group based in Costa Mesa, CA.  As an independent choreographer, Aubri has presented her work throughout the nation as part of such events as the Laguna Beach Dance Festival and Mira Costa College’s Dance Programs bi-annual dance concerts.  As a performer, Aubri has danced for contemporary dance companies, an all female vintage jazz ensemble, improvisation performance groups, Lindy Hop dance teams, as well as in collaboration with music artists and multiple works for the Disney Company.  Specifically noteworthy was her work with Loretta Livingston as a guest artist performing at the Seongnam Dance Festival in Seoul, South Korea.

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Michael StevensonMichael Stevenson
Directing
(916) 278-6369 \ e-mail: mwsjjj@sbcglobal.net

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Amy TrimmerAmy Trimmer
Administrative Support Coordinator
(916) 278-3569 \ e-mail: trimmera@csus.edu

Amy Trimmer has worked at Sacramento State since 2000 and came to the Theatre & Dance Department in 2013. She graduated from the University with a B.A. in American History in 2000 and earned her M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2007.

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Nolan T'Sani

Nolan T'Sani
Ballet
(916) 278-7714

Nolan T’Sani - Following a successful and extensive performing career as a soloist with the New York City Ballet, Nolan T’Sani has been a choreographer, teacher, ballet master and director of his own company.

Mr. T’Sani received his formal training on full scholarship at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the School of American Ballet prior to joining the critically acclaimed New York City Ballet. Under the directorship of the late George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, Mr. T’Sani performed numerous leading roles which include Serenade, Jewels, Symphony in C, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Brahms Schoenberg Quartet, and danced with such renowned ballerinas as Patricia McBride, Suzanne Farrell, Gelsey Kirkland and Allegra Kent. In addition, Mr. T’Sani toured with the company throughout the United States, Europe and the Soviet Union.
Having served as Director of the Capitol City Ballet for 12 years, Mr. T’Sani choreographed more than forty ballets including a full-length Romeo and Juliet and Firebird, as well as several operas and musical comedies. He has also served as ballet master with Ballet de Nord and Hong Kong Ballet. In addition, he has been a guest artist, choreographer and ballet master with the Oakland Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Arizona Dance Theatre and Arizona Ballet.

At the present time, Mr. T’Sani is on the dance faculty at Sacramento State University and guest artist, choreographer and company teacher for the Sacramento Ballet.

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Audrey Walker

Audrey Walker
Costume Shop Manager
(916) 278-6384 \ e-mail: audrey.walker@saclink.csus.edu

Originally from the Bay Area, Audrey Walker learned to wield a needle and thread at an early age and, by the time she reached high school, had mastered the craft. When her sewing teacher realized her talent, she sent her to help out with costume construction in the theatre department. So began Audrey’s love affair with costumes and design. She went on to earn her B.A. in Theatre Arts at San Jose State. Audrey's done almost every job there is in the costume world - stitcher, dresser, first hand, cutter, and designer. Before coming to Sacramento State, Audrey was an Adjunct Faculty at Ohlone College, teaching hair/make-up and costume construction and design. Other places Audrey has worked include Walt Disney Productions, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Theater Works, Oberlin Dance Collective, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, San Francisco Opera, San Jose Repertory Co, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe Theater, Civic Light Opera / AMT, Children's Theatre Workshop.

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Dr. Melinda Wilson Ramey, Chair
Multicultural Theatre, Directing, Script Analysis, Theatre History 

(916 )278-7719\ e-mail: mwilson@csus.edu

Dr. Melinda D. Wilson Ramey, joined the Department of Theatre and Dance in 2005. She holds an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University, a M.A. in Theatre also from Northwestern, and a B.A. in African American Studies from Vanderbilt University. Her scholarship interests examine the construction of youth identity in African American dramas from the civil rights movement and Black Power era. She upholds that African American playwrights purposely wrote drama to reflect and discuss the life chances and life choices of Black teenagers.  She most enjoys using the stage as a place “to play” with ethnic identity via color conscious casting. Her notable university and community theatre directing credits include Bourbon at the Border (2013), for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf (2012), The Wiz (2011), In the Blood (2009), Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First Hundred Years (2009), and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (2006). In addition, she serves as the faculty advisor of Sons/Ancestors Players, the student performance company dedicated to creating, expanding, and strengthening theatre about Black experiences on campus and throughout the Sacramento community. She teaches courses in theatre history, script analysis, African American and multicultural drama, and directing.