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©2019. International Conference: Performing Arts between Tradition and Contemporaneity.

International University Global Theatre Experience. 

Conference Program 

Collaborative Contact: From Classical to Contemporary

Physical/practical workshop by Autumn Eckman - Assistant Professor of Dance, The University of Arizona (Arizona, USA) and Robbie Cook - Assistant Professor of Dance at Hofstra University (New York, USA).

Autumn Eckman (MFA, University of Iowa) is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Arizona and former Resident Choreographer of Giordano Dance Chicago. In her professional career, she had privilege to dance with companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, State Street Ballet and Luna Negra Dance Theater. With an integrated approach of classical and contemporary movement modalities, her creative work aims to draw a deeper understanding of the daily life and the social fabrics of choreography. 

Robbie Cook is a Brooklyn-based dance artist working as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Hofstra University in New York, also teaching at American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival during the summer. He has taught through Japan Contemporary Dance Network as a member of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Sapporo, Japan; The i-Dance Festival in Hong Kong, Chadwick International School in Incheon, South Korea and twice set choreography on the students at Universidad de Las Américas in Puebla, México. He holds an MFA in Dance from Bennington College and a BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Teaching Traditional American Modern Dance to the 21st Century Artist

Workshop / technique class style presentation by Dante Puleio - Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance, School of Theatre and Dance, College of the Arts, University of Florida (Florida, USA). 

Mining yesterday’s fertile ground for tomorrow’s groundbreaking work

Repertory and Composition Workshop by Dante Puleio - Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance, School of Theatre and Dance, College of the Arts, University of Florida (Florida, USA). 

Dante Puleio is a Jersey boy. He trained at the Laban Centre in London, Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, UK and received his BFA from University of the Arts, Philadelphia. After a diverse performing career including the Limón Dance Company, national and international Broadway tours, television and movie appearances, he received his MFA from University of CA, Irvine. He holds an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance at University of Florida and continues staging Limón work, creating original work, teaching and performing worldwide.  

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Singapore through the dancing body/ies; Revising Telok Blangah through Zapin

Performance-Lecture-Workshop by Zaki Razak – Lecturer, Visual Studies, School of Creative Industries at LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore) and Norisham Osman – Choreographer, Theatre & Dance Educator, Artistic Director at the Kaizen M.D (Singapore). 

Zaki Razak graduated from LASALLE College of the Art with a Masters in Fine Arts and holds a Diploma in Visual Communication from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. An artist known for his installation-performances and collaborative approach towards art-making, Zaki’s practice involves investigations into human consciousness, the hermeneutics of art and its systems of circulation and reception. His interest in social languages and rituals also led him to create works that take advantage of everyday situations, subject them to wordplay and humour, and while implicating the audience through engaging their participation in the art-making process.


Norisham Osman is a NAFA Diploma in Arts Management and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Creative Industry Management graduate. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Kaizen M.D., a performing arts collective that gathers young artists from various art disciplines to create multidisciplinary works. His involvement in Singapore’s arts industry as an accomplished actor, choreographer, teacher and production team member has led to notable achievements. His current research pursuit includes seeking ‘new’ movements and languages as well as choreographic structures and devices whilst maintaining the traditional values and practices of the Malay dance.



Movement for Actors / Acting for Dancers

Practical workshop by Sergei Ostrenko - theatre director and teacher (Russia).  

Sergei Ostrenko has over 30 years of professional experience as a Director, Choreographer and Performance Teacher. Sergei has directed over 40 theatre productions, producing international projects for both the professional stage and for education in numerous countries, including Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, and United Kingdom. At present the principal professional interest of Ostrenko is investigation of world theatre traditions, promotion of Russian Theatre Tradition in different countries and development of the strategic collaboration programmes with theatres of Russia and CIS. 



Devising theatre: imagination and artistic transformation for the femininity of mothers

Lecture / Workshop by Krissy Yin LAM – Lecturer in the Centre for Performing Arts Research in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Hong Kong). 

Krissy, currently a Lecturer in the Centre for Performing Arts Research in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, is an award-winning drama and theatre artist who has won awards and nominations in The Hong Kong Drama Awards, The Hong Kong Theatre Libre, and the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong) Awards. Krissy is especially interested in devising theatre, performing, directing, teaching and practice-as-research, some of her works have travelled to Brussels, Warsaw and Singapore. Krissy earned an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice majored in Performing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and a Master in Drama Education at the Griffith University. Krissy’s current research interests lie in the areas of the training of the performer’s body and the art of story- telling in devised theatre.


Engaging Dance Makers with Structured Improvisation

Movement Workshop by Leslie E. Williams - Director and Associate Professor of Dance, West A&M University (Texas, USA). 

Leslie E. Williams - Director and Associate Professor of Dance, MFA joined the West Texas A&M University(WTAMU) faculty in 2006 and became director in 2010. A native of the Texas Panhandle, she received her training at Interlochen Arts Academy and numerous summer programs. She obtained a bachelor of fine arts degree from WTAMU and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Michigan. Before coming to WTAMU to teach the next generation of young dancers, she danced with Peter Sparling Dance Company of Ann Arbor, Mich., while teaching in many colleges and universities in southeast Michigan. She counties to serve on the faulty of Interlochen Center for the Arts and Lone Star Ballet. With a passion for collaboration Williams works closely with glass blowers and other artists to create work and develop methods of cross training to insure long and productive careers. Leslie continues to serve dance in Higher Education as a National Board Member of American College Dance Association and an active participate of National Dance Educators Organization.


Tradition and Iconoclasm in Theatre, or, Remaking European Classics in the Image of the American Millennial

Interactive talk with photo/video demonstrations by Lucy Cashion, M.F.A. - Artistic Director, Equally Represented Arts, Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University (Missouri, USA) and Joe Taylor - creative director, performer and composer (Missouri, USA). 

Lucy Cashion: theatre artist. Founder: Equally Represented Arts (Best Theatre – Alive Magazine). Select works: Trash Macbeth (St. Louis Theatre Circle Award: Best Director of a Drama, 2017); Oedipus Apparatus (St. Louis Theatre Circle Award Nomination: Best New Play). Select NYC credits: AK-47 Sing-Along by Samara Weiss (NYC International Fringe Award - "Excellence in Directing"); Snow Fleas (director) by Otso Huopaniemi. Accolades: one of ten ‘Rising Stars’ in the arts, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; one of ‘6 Theatre Workers You Should Know’, American Theatre. Professor: Saint Louis University; MFA: Columbia; training: l'École d'art dramatique Eva St-Paul, Paris; SITI Company.


Joe Taylor is the creative director, songwriter, and frontman of Kid Scientist and has performed alongside international artists such as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ben Kweller, and Ibiyinka Alao, the Nigerian Ambassador of Art. He has collaborated as a composer, music director, and actor with ERA and director Lucy Cashion on Faust: go down with all the re$t, Snow White, Oedipus Apparatus, Trash Macbeth, and Moscow!. In addition to composing music for and performing with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, he has produced several immersive works of music and theatre, including Kid Scientist’s A Report from the Future. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis where he studied German language and literature and physics.


Performance for the Camera

Voice Control for Electronic Media

Make-Up for Television/Film

Combine lectures and demonstration by Virginia Callens Gregg - Retired professor of Film/TV and Communication Studies at MN State University Moorhead (Minnesota, USA). 

Virginia Callens Gregg, PhD - Retired professor of Film/TV and Communication Studies at MN State University Moorhead has taught radio/TV performance and communication studies for over 45 years. She has taken workshops on TV/film makeup, and has personally observed the tedious work of Hollywood TV and film makeup artists, for both natural appearance and for special effects. Virginia has also offered seminars on TV makeup at various conventions, and provides advice for educational personnel who are now teaching on-line.  

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Ballet Science: Combining Pedagogical Tradition with Modern Innovations to Create Injury Resistant Dancers

Lecture and Workshop by Shayla Bott - Associate Professor of Ballet at Brigham Young University, Brenda Critchfield - Director of Dance Medicine and Wellness Facility for the Brigham Young University Department of Dance and Ashley Ivory Parov - Adjunct Instructor, Assistant Artistic Director of Theatre Ballet at Brigham Young University (Utah, USA). 

Shayla Bott is currently an Associate Professor of Ballet at Brigham Young University (BYU). Her current assignments at include Artistic Direction of BYU Theatre Ballet and BYU Ballet Area Administrator.  From the University of Utah, Shayla holds a BFA in ballet performance and an MFA in ballet with a focus on music, choreography and pedagogy.  After retiring from a professional career with Utah Metropolitan Ballet, she has continued to choreograph and teach in professional and academic venues. Her creative work has received multiple awards.  Shayla is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, and Stott Pilates Matwork and Reformer. 

Ashley Ivory Parov comes to academia from a rich background in professional ballet. Ms. Parov received her classical ballet training with some of the best teachers in the country, namely Lola DeAvila, Irina Jacobson, Jocelyn Vollmar, Gloria Govrin, Sandra Jessings and Shannan Breshnahan. After her employment with the San Francisco Ballet, Ms. Parov received her Bachelors of Arts in Dance from Brigham Young University. Upon graduation, Ms. Parov joined Company C Contemporary Ballet where she performed principal roles in works by Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, David Parsons, and Val Caniparoli. In 2016, she graduated with her MFA in Dance from Saint Mary’s College of California with Honors. Ms. Parov is a Certified Pilates instructor and holds teaching certifications in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and American Ballet Theatre curriculums.

Brenda Critchfield, MS, ATC, CSCS, LAT is the Director of Dance Medicine and Wellness Facility for the Brigham Young University Department of Dance. She has worked in a wide variety of athletic training settings including NCAA Division I and III athletics, semi-professional hockey, ESPN X-Games, the U.S. military and performing arts. Benda received her BS in athletic training from BYU and an MS from University of New Mexico. Critchfield is published and has presented nationally and internationally. Her interests lie in the prevention and treatment of injuries in dancers and global body healing. As Director of Dance Medicine and Wellness Facility, Critchfield utilizes manual therapy techniques, myofascial release techniques, and soft tissue work to her dancers recover from injuries.


Shakespeare: Losing the stage and finding the connection

Performance and discussion by theatre ensemble "Shakespeare Frankfurt" presented by PJ Escobio, Sara Jones, Varvara Pomoni,  Jim Phetterplace Jr. (Frankfurt, Germany). 

PJ Escobio is directing Huck Finn for the English Theatre Frankfurt for their TYA production of the 2019-20 season. As Artistic Director of Shakespeare Frankfurt, he has directed Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, as well as Ibsen's An Enemy of the People and will do The Comedy of Errors in summer 2020. As Director in residence at The LOFT he directed The Tempest, Shakespeare in the Garden: Hortus Inclusus, Where, and Grounded by George Brandt. For 10 years he was the Artistic Director of Shakespeare Anyone? with whom he played over 30 different roles as well as produced and/or directed 18 different versions of the project. He cast and directed Undergraduate Playwriting Thesis projects at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts from 2007-2012. He was the Project Coordinator and Associate Artistic Director of WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory from 2006-2012.

Professionally trained, Sara Jones has played roles from Shakespeare to Arthur Miller and Henrik Ibsen, working in theatres across the world from Flat Earth Theatre Boston to Shakespeare Frankfurt and The English Theatre in Frankfurt, Germany. Recent roles include Desdemona in Othello, Witch in MacBeth, Mayor Stockman in An Enemy of the People and Olivia in Twelfth Night. Sara’s most notable performances were The Pilot in George Brandt’s one woman Tour de Force, Grounded, Veronica in the Tony Award winning play God of Carnage, Ann Deever in All My Sons and Mademoiselle de Tourvel in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Sara has a B.A. in Theatre from Denison University in Ohio, has trained with the Young Actors Workshop at the Muny Student Theater in St Louis, MO and Stage Combat with Mathias Kunzler in Frankfurt, Germany. Sara looks forward to what the future brings and hoping at some point it includes playing her dream roles of Martha in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Miss Julie in August Strindberg’s Miss Julie.

Jim Phetterplace Jr. in the last three years has directed Our Country’s Good and Loot for FEST e.V. and Cinderella for the English Theatre Frankfurt, appeared on the FEST stage, including Felice in William’s The Two-Character Play and Case in The Detainee, in two short German films Fremdkörperkredit and Nimmerlandsverräter, performed a public reading of selected Shakespeare works for the choir Ars Antiqua, and appeared in Lost Highway for Oper Frankfurt. His credits with Shakespeare Frankfurt include the King and Stefano in The Tempest, Orsino in Twelfth Night, Rodrigo in Othello and most recently Macduff in Macbeth. 
He has a B.A. in Acting and Directing for the Stage from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Varvara Pomoni comes from Athens, Greece. Her training includes theatre improvisation, Meisner Technique and several acting, voice and stage combat courses at Stage & Voice Coaching in Frankfurt. She has attended a Shakespeare's Language masterclass at Rose Bruford and a clown workshop at RADA in the UK. Recently, she trained on Shakespeare's text with Michael Corbidge (RSC). In Frankfurt, she has directed the original play TCC-416 by PJ Escobio and she is an ensemble member of the silent clown piece WHERE. She has performed in productions of Our Country’s Good (Duckling) and And Then There Were None (Vera Claythorne) and with Shakespeare Frankfurt, she has played in Twelfth Night (Maria), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hippolyta & Fairies), An Enemy of the People (Aslaksen), Othello (Emilia) and Macbeth (Lady Macbeth). 


Theatre Biomechanics 

Practical workshop by Gennadiy Ostrenko - choreographer, set designer, performer and educator. 

Gennady Ostrenko is initially a Stage Designer and has much experience of working in the professional theatre. His stagecraft skills have enabled Gennady to diversify and he now devotes himself to physical theatre and movement artistry. He has extensive experience as an educator of theatre biomechanics, movement directing, and stage combat, and frequently collaborates with his brother, Sergei, as a Stage Designer and Movement Director. 


Laban and Chekhov: The connection and the support

A practical/physical workshop by Jennifer Mizenko - Professor of Dance and Movement for the Actor at the University of Mississippi. (Mississippi, USA).

Jennifer Mizenko is a Professor of Dance and Movement for the Actor at the University of Mississippi. She has a B.A. in Psychology, and an M.A. in dance. She studied period dance with Wendy Hilton and Richard Powers, T'ai Chi with Maggie Newman, the work of Grotowski with Grzegorz Bral in Poland and Anna-Helena McLean, of the Moon Fool Company, and Chekhov acting technique with MICHA. Jennifer is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International, and served as Chair of ATI. She is a Laban Movement Analyst certified by LIMS, and yoga instructor from Yandara Yoga Institute. She has presented internationally at Laban and Alexander conferences and specializes in teaching Character Physicalization, integrating her knowledge of dance, LMA, Chekhov and the Alexander Technique. Jennifer is one of the co-authors of the The Laban Workbook for Actors, A Practical Guide with Video.



The Physical Text

Workshop by Dustin Whitehead - Assistant Professor of Media Acting, Jennifer Deckert - Professor of Dance, and André Megerdichian - Assistant Professor of Dance from the University of South Carolina (USA).  

Dustin Whitehead is an actor and director from Chicago IL. Dustin can be seen in numerous independent films as well as the nationally televised shows Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Your Worst Nightmare. Last year, he was in a production of An Enemy of the People at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Other Chicago theatre credits include Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, American Theatre Company, Redtwist, The Inconvenience, Lakeside Shakespeare, and Congo Square. In addition to his many years un the theatre, Dustin is also a narrative filmmaker. His most recent short film, Somewhere in the Midwest, screened at the Kansas City Film Festival, the Central Florida Film Festival, the New York City Independent Film Festival, and the Charleston International Film Festival. He is currently teaching acting at The University of South Carolina. He received his BFA in Performance from Jacksonville University and MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. He also studied filmmaking in Singapore at NYU Tisch Asia.


André Megerdichian has worked with such companies and choreographers as the Limón Dance Company, Dance Kaleidoscope, The Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Janis Brenner and Dancers, Seán Curran, and Daniel Charon. He has served as a faculty member at The Limón Institute (NYC), the Duncan Center Conservatory in Prague Czech Republic, created choreography and taught master classes and workshops, throughout the United States, Europe, and China. His teaching and choreography seeks to merge the foundational American Modern Dance practices of yesterday with the tensions and curiosities of today, allowing artists to speak in the context of their own time. He holds a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and is currently on Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina.


Jennifer Deckert is currently an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches ballet technique, dance kinesiology, and pointe technique. She is currently on the board of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (


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