Nikki Adams is a senior at UAA where she is a theatre major with a focus in design and technical
theatre. This spring she’s joined the crew for the dance production to try out lighting
design. When she’s not working on a production, she likes to eat ice cream and watch
Mary Alley is an Anchorage born actor, stage manager, director, lighting designer, and student.
She will graduate this December with a Bachelor’s in Theatre with an emphasis in performance.
She hopes to continue training in stage management, or directing, or acting, or the
art of making up her mind. Her ultimate dream is to create a theatre company that
focuses on social justice theatre for and by anyone who identifies as a “misfit” of
Daniel J. Anteau received a B.A. from the University of Alaska Anchorage and his M.F.A from the University
of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Lighting Design. He now serves as department chair,
professor in design and technical director for the dance program. Professionally,
Daniel’s lighting designs have been seen across Alaska & Hawaii, in New York City
and internationally in Africa. For the past six summers Daniel served as technical
director for Trollwood Performing Arts School in Moorhead, MN. In Hawaii, Daniel continues
to stay active as lighting designer working with Manoa Valley Theatre on their January
Eric Bleicher is a senior music student at UAA who will graduate in December 2017 with two BMs
(Music Education, Music Performance). He has been actively involved in the local community by working/collaborating on events
with Spenard Jazz Festival, Sweet Cheeks Cabaret, Dimond High School, Momentum Dance
Collective, National Water Dance Project, the Alex Cruver Trio, Spenard Farmers Market,
Cyrano’s, and Anchorage Civic Orchestra. Bleicher will be continuing his education
after graduation to pursue a Masters of Music outside of Alaska.
Stephanie Brenner is in her fifth year at UAA. After thirteen years of gymnastics she turned her attention
to dance and has never looked back. She has choreographed for many shows including
UAA Dance in Performance 2016 and the musical Working. Digging deep Stephanie found inspiration in her brother who is a sailor in the US
Navy. After graduation Stephanie plans on pursuing a career in dance and musical theatre.
Erin Campbell is a graduate from the UAA Department of Theatre and Dance and she’s happy to be
back designing for New Dances. Having worked in the community since graduating in
2012 at Cyrano’s, Anchorage Community Theatre, and Alaska Dance Theatre to name a
few, it is nice to come back home and work with new artists and old friends.
Kyle Campbell enjoys designing lights, however most of the time this leaves him in the dark.
Anthony B. A. Cruz has been on a two and a half year hiatus traveling the world. Now that he has returned,
he is currently a senior Nursing student. Though his focus is on Nursing, he also
has a minor in theatre with an emphasis on the technical side. Aside from performing
onstage as an actor or dancer, he enjoys partaking in lighting design. He is very
excited to finally have the opportunity to create his piece with this group of stunning
Addoris Davis is a junior/senior Theatre Major, with an emphasis in Stage Management and Scenic
Design. She has previously stage managed UAA's productions of Working, and Dance in Performance last fall. This is her first lighting design and she is
excited to be apart of New Dances 2017!
DieselX has had the joy of putting costumes on thousands of beautiful bodies over many, many
years. Diesel and his trustworthy companion Sock Monkey often travel on fantastic
adventures to far away exotic destinations as they wander the planet in search of
Zoe Ellis is a senior Theatre Major here at UAA. She specializes in scenic painting, character
design, and crying. This is her first foray into lighting design and although she
was nervous, the process has proved to be quite "enlightening". She also couldn't
be happier working with all the lovely people in New Dances 2017!
Racin Engstrom is a life-long resident of Anchorage Alaska and is attending UAA for Anthropology
and Dance studies. She began dancing in 2005, starting with Raks Sharki technique
training and progressively moved into Modern, Jazz, and Contemporary styles of movement.
She has had the wonderful opportunity to choreograph for the UAA Dance program since
New Dances 2015, and she has loved every moment. Racin is also an enthusiastic learner
and a procrastinator by nature.
Melissa Jabaay is excited to be choreographing for UAA New Dances once again. She has three wonderful
children and the best husband in the world. Melissa is a current adjunct faculty member
at UAA in Modern and Dance for Musical Theatre. She previously worked in the Athletic Department as the University’s Gymnastics team
dance and choreography coach. She has taught eight seasons of Jazz at Alaska Dance
Theatre, introduced Industry Skills and Boy’s Dance, as well as worked as Stage Manager
and Assistant Stage Manager on various productions at the Alaska Center for the Performing
Arts, including Spirit; The Seventh Fire of Alaska. She is honored to be a part of
Momentum Dance Collective as a performer and/or lighting designer for seven seasons,
including their latest production, Bare. Melissa has assisted in the choreography
of shows for Minnie Madden Productions on five different Carnival Cruise Line Ships.
Before coming to Alaska she danced at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and worked as the
dance supervisor in charge of auditions, hiring, teaching and maintenance of shows
as well as assisted in choreography for the parks more than 20 productions. She performed
in New Zealand, Australia and Italy and had the opportunity to work as a swing performer
in Neil Goldberg’s Cirque Productions. She graduated from UAA with a degree in Theatre
in 2010 and is thrilled to be living in Alaska again.
Brian Jeffery has directed over 30 productions for UAA’s Department of Theatre and Dance. He originally
hails from Chicago where he was active in the city’s performing arts communities for
over twenty years. He has previously served on faculty at Northwestern University,
Columbia College Chicago and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. As artistic director
of XSIGHT! Performance Group for fifteen years his vision of exploring the amalgamation
of theater, dance and the visual arts, has been consistently recognized by popular
and critical acclaim. Jeffery created over fifty original multidisciplinary works
for XSIGHT! and toured throughout the U.S. as well as Australia, Egypt, Cyprus, The
Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Yugoslavia. Jeffery has premiered work on numerous
professional companies internationally, notably Danz Abierta of Havana at the National
Theater of Cuba, Trinity Irish Dance Company at the Joyce Theater New York City, Itinerant
Theatre Guild at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Scotland, Lucky Plush Productions Chicago, and Ghana Dance
Ensemble in West Africa. Jeffery has lectured and presented on many conferences including
African Studies Association, American College Dance Association, Congress on Research
in Dance and Society of Ethnomusicology. Jeffery is also part of Secrets Under the
Skin, a collaborative multidisciplinary art installation that reflects upon religious
rites and rituals linked between Ghana and Cuba as a result of the Trans-Atlantic
slave trade. Secrets has been presented on numerous venues internationally since 2010.
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Becky Kendall is a choreographer, performer, and instructor who thrives on creating movement based
in the collaborative approach. She is the Artistic Director of Momentum Dance Collective,
as well as a Core4 member of the Light Brigade and a 2013 Rasmuson Fellow. Since receiving
her Bachelors of Science in Health with a concentration in Sports Medicine, Becky
has worked with numerous artists in New York, Colorado, Washington, and Alaska performing
with Interweave Dance Theatre of Boulder, the Seattle Bridge Project, On The Boards
productions, and many collaborations with local artists in the Anchorage area. Her
work has been featured in productions by Momentum, the Light Brigade, West High School
and East High School, and the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has taught modern
dance for local schools and studios including Dance Spectrum Alaska and Alaska Dance
Theatre, and currently serves as adjunct faculty for UAA.
Katherine Kramer has enjoyed making her way up to Alaska a couple of dozen times since her first residency
at UAA in 1993. A gypsy at heart, Katherine’s work is rooted in a desire to bring
people together, to encourage intimacy, and to promote the value of artistic play
as a tool in creating a more humane world. She is a performer, choreographer, educator,
movement coach and producer and has built a long-standing career performing as a jazz
tap dancer and musician, collaborating with many of the finest in both genres and
specializing in coaching dancers in musicality and musicians in physicality. She has
received a Fulbright Award, a Creation Fund Grant from the National Performance Network,
an Artist Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council, a Kentucky Arts Council
Choreographic Fellowship and numerous Artist Advancement and Artist Access Grants
from the Florida Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Miami-Dade Dept. of Cultural Affairs.
In Havana, Cuba she has taught tap to Danza Contemporarea and Conjunto Folklorica
de Cuba, and in Fortaleza, Brazil worked with Valeria Pinheiro and Co. Vata. She has
conducted residencies and created choreographies at universities throughout the US
and Canada and served as choreographer and movement coach for Robert Redford on his
film, “The Horse Whisperer.” Katherine currently lives in Madison, WI.
Courtney Meneses is a lifelong Alaska resident. Her fire for dance sparked at the age of three at
Dance Spectrum Alaska. Though her focus was in jazz and ballet, her journey has lead
her to belly dancing, burlesque and an undeniable love for modern dance. This will
be her 4th year in Dance Ensemble, and would like to thank everyone she has been involved
with in the program for their unwavering support, inspiration and love.
Katie O’Loughlin is a senior Theatre and Dance major and has been involved with the Department’s productions
since her freshman year. New Dances 2017 will be her fourth time choreographing for
the University, and her fifth time performing. She has spent the last four years studying
technical theatre to learn the production side of performances and has had the opportunity
to sound design for three Theatre productions and light design for three Dance Productions.
She recently combined her education in the technical, choreographic, and performative
aspects to direct her own show, “Middle Ground”, earlier this semester. She hopes
to continue gaining experience and skills in these areas after graduation, and plans
to get her Master’s Degree in Dance and Production. She is excited to finalize her
undergraduate degree by traveling to Cuba this May to research their dance community
through the Office of Undergraduate Research Studies.
Meghan Stanford is originally from Chippewa Falls, WI. She is a junior Theatre Major at UAA, with
her studies focused around scenic design and technical direction. Her past credits
include lighting design for pieces from New Dances 2016, Dance in Performance, and
Middle Ground. This is Meghan’s first experience stage managing at UAA but as she
always says, “Hakuna Matata”.