New Dance Faculty Announced
October 31, 2007, Valencia, CA--The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of three new faculty members. The varied accomplishments of Stephanie Nugent, Robin Cox and Mitchell Rose ensure the school's continued position in the forefront of contemporary dance education.
"Each of these artists exemplifies what we do best at CalArts--bring students in contact with working creative artists who are also master teachers," said Dean Stephan Koplowitz. "Our school of dance will benefit greatly from their individual talents and uniquely collaborative and cross disciplinary perspectives."
The Artistic Director of Nugent Dance, Stephanie Nugent is a choreographer, performer, and educator with special interest in dance/theater and improvisational dance forms. Since 1991, Ms. Nugent has performed with numerous American and internationally-based artists and companies, and has been called "a powerhouse of a performer, a prolific dance-maker and an articulate communicator of her chosen art form," by the Santa Barbara Independent.
Ms. Nugent's choreography has been widely presented in the United States and abroad. She received the 2001 Individual Artist Award from the Santa Barbara Arts Fund, a 2002 Lester Horton Award for her performance in choreographer Victoria Marks' Against Ending, and eight nominations at the 2006 Lester Horton Awards for her choreography, solo and company performances and costume design. An Associate Professor of Dance at UC Santa Barbara from 2001-2007, she holds a B.F.A. from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a M.F.A. from California State University, Long Beach.
Robin Cox is a composer and violinist who has collaborated extensively with such choreographers as Keith Johnson, Loretta Livingston, Doug Nielsen, Anita Cheng, Eun Jun Gonzalez, Catey Ott, Jerry Pearson, and Jeff Slayton, as well as with video artists Kwame Braun and Carolyn Bremer, and playwrights Maggie Mixsell and Judy Bauerlein. He has also collaborated, performed, and produced concerts with a variety of distinguished experimental musicians.
Mr. Cox's music, commented the Santa Barbara News Press, "is unapologetically grounded in the minimalism which first exploded into wide public view--and helped to make the 'new music' boom possible."
As director of The Robin Cox Ensemble, he has performed his music more than 100 times throughout the United States, produced two critically acclaimed CD recordings and premiered works by many contemporary composers. The Robin Cox Ensemble was nominated Outstanding Classical Music Ensemble for 2003 by the L. A. Weekly.
Mr. Cox is Executive Director of Iridian Arts, Inc., a highly successful mixed-media presenting series in Santa Barbara. In 2002 and 2003, he was awarded the Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music for Modern Dance for his founding of Iridian Radio. He received a 2004 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for promotion of contemporary American music. Mr. Cox received a Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin and holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Miami.
Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Mitchell Rose was a New York-based choreographer specializing in comedic work. The New York Times called him "a rare and wonderful talent...the dance world's Woody Allen."
His company toured for 15 years, including to Spoleto Festivals in the United States and Italy, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and numerous New York seasons in venues such as the Joyce Theatre, Dance Theater Workshop, and Joseph Papp's New York Dance Festival at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park.
Mr. Rose attended The American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow. In 2000, he received a fellowship to explore ways of filming dance from the UCLA Dance/Media Project of the National Initiative to Preserve America's Dance. Since then, he has continued to combine the two disciplines. His dance films have won 49 film festival awards and are screened around the world, on television, and in locations that include the CBS JumboVision in New York's Times Square. His film, Learn to Speak Body, recently had 1.5 million hits on YouTube in two weeks.
Two visiting faculty members for 2007-08 continue the legacy of West Coast dance legend and founding Dean of CalArts School of Dance Bella Lewitzky. Performer, educator and movement coach Nora Reynolds Daniel is Ms. Lewitzky's daughter and was a member of the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company. John Pennington, Artistic Director of the Pennington Dance Group, was with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company as a performer and master teacher for 14 years and continues his association with the Lewitzky Dance Foundation. Ms. Reynolds and Mr. Pennington are teaching Contemporary Technique. Rosanna Gamson, of the LA-based dance theater company Rosanna Gamson/World Wide, will teach Composition I and is choreographing performances. Students will perform one of her compositions as part of the School of Dance Winter Concert to be held at CalArts and REDCAT in December.
California Institute of the Arts
CalArts, the first U.S. higher educational institution to integrate the visual and performing arts under one roof, is recognized as the nation's leading laboratory for the arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater--CalArts embraces creative cross-pollination among diverse art forms and traditions and strongly encourages each artist to pursue his or her vision within a broad context of social and cultural understanding.The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance
The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance is uniquely positioned to prepare talented dance artists for the challenges and possibilities of the 21st century. Through rigorous studies in performance, choreography and dance production, the undergraduate and graduate programs enable each student to develop a comprehensive skill set: innovative artistry combined with technical excellence, and a personal vision of dance as a fine art matched with a readiness for leadership in the field.