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.
James Branstetter is a UAA student with a duel major in Mechanical Engineering and Technical Theatre.
He has assisted in Middle Ground and New Dances 2017. He enjoys building sets and designing lights. He lives his life by these words of
wisdom, ‘...Don’t Blink!’.
Olivia Brown began dancing when she was six years old at Center Stage Dance Studio in Anchorage,
Alaska. Her training has included styles in jazz, modern, ballet, pointe and breakdancing.
She has a love for all kinds of dance, but her absolute favorite style is ballet.
While attending UAA, Olivia began taking a hip hop class to continue dancing, and
shortly after became involved in Dance Ensemble at UAA. Olivia is currently studying
to be a physical therapist and plans to open her own dance studio one day.
Kyle Campbell enjoys designing lights, however most of the time this leaves him in the dark.
Diesel X 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 places as they wander the planet in search of the truth.
Next stop, Shanghai!
Marlee Hughes My first love in life was dance. Dancing is my passion and how I easily express my
thoughts and feelings. I have been dancing for 19 years and I have been trained in
all kinds of dance genres that include jazz, hip hop, ballet, contemporary, drill
team, swing, tap, and clogging. After marrying my husband and moving to Alaska two
years ago, this is my 4th semester dancing at UAA.
Melissa Jabaay is excited to be choreographing for UAA Dance in Performance. She is an adjunct faculty
member in UAA’s Department of Theatre and Dance where she teaches Contemporary Modern
Dance. She has been honored to participate in UAA’s dance productions in several ways
over the past ten years. She loves working with large casts and trying to find ways
to make everyone standout. Before earning her Bachelors in Theatre and Dance at UAA
she danced for Cirque Productions, Minnie Madden Productions in conjunction with Carnival
Cruise Lines, Busch Gardens and Momentum Dance Collective. In addition to her work
at UAA she is currently on staff at Alaska Dance Theatre and is a guest artist at
local schools. She is also seasonal stage manager and lighting designer for Alaska
Dance Theatre and Momentum Dance Collective.
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 at numerous venues internationally since 2010. http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/spotlight/secretsundertheskin/
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 as adjunct faculty for UAA Theatre and Dance.
Katie O’Loughlin is a recent graduate from UAA’s Department of Theatre and Dance. During her Senior
Year in the department, she received two separate research grants: one was to complete
her own evening-length dance production in which she deepened her understanding in
the connection between the technical and choreographic side of performance. The second
was to travel to Havana, Cuba and study the choreographers, directors, and dancers
in the area. Currently, Katie is working in the community as a dance instructor and
choreographer. In the next few years, she hopes to visit as many countries as possible,
and eventually land herself in Graduate School to study Dance and Production.
Rhiannon Roseman was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and is proud to call this place her home.
Her love for dance was ignited at Dance Spectrum Alaska where she studied Tap, Jazz,
and Ballet for ten years. While in high school Rhiannon continued her dance training
at Alaska Dance Theatre with a focus in Tap Dance under the instruction of Valerie
Thurston. Rhiannon is currently studying Early Childhood Education, Children’s Mental
Health, and Dance at UAA. In addition to her scholastic endeavors, Rhiannon is the Tap instructor at Alaska
Dance Theatre, and is constantly inspired by her student’s love of dance. This is
Rhiannon’s sixth dance production with UAA, her second year performing with Dance
Ensemble, and is honored to be choreographing her first piece for UAA this fall.
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. She also designed for New Dances 2017 while acting as stage manager for the production. She hopes to pursue a job in the
future that could incorporate her skills to create and entertain people, while also
having fun with it.