Fall 2022 Guest Speaker Series

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Mark Armstrong

THAR 400- Career Paths and Planning

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Friday, September 9, 12:00 p.m.
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Mark Armstrong (he/him) is the Artistic Director of The 24 Hour Plays. Highlights from his tenure include annual productions of The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, the Broadway and Los Angeles debuts of The 24 Hour Musicals, many partner events in the US and abroad, the growth of The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues, which have produced over 500 new theater pieces that have engaged millions of viewers around the world since March 2020. As a director, his collaborators include Emily Mann, Christopher Shinn, Dan O'Brien and many more. Instructor, The New School for Drama.

The 24 Hr Plays Website


Farrah McAdam

DANC 271- Hip Hop Dance

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Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 p.m.
(DANC 271 discussions will include a movement session, but no dance experience is required)
This will take place in person in PE1, Gymnasium/PE Building, Dance Studio 1.

Calling on her movement experiences and gatherings in styles including Contemporary, Release Technique, Whacking, House and Hip Hop, Farrah McAdam is a dance educator, choreographer, and artist in the Bay Area who is invested in equitable, collaborative environments where history and critical thinking are investigated just as much as physical embodiments.  She has performed with CALI&CO Dance, Kristen Daley, and PULP Dance to name a few, has been honored to perform at ACDA’s 2016 Nationals at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. , and currently teaches through Sonoma State University, Luther Burbank Center, and Petaluma School of Ballet. Farrah has been a guest educator and choreographer around the West Region- including Arizona State University, Scottsdale Community College, Modesto Community College, San Jose State, Fresno State University, Sonoma State University, and ODC in San Francisco. She holds a B.A. in both Psychology and Dance.

Farrah McAdam's Instagram


Rulan Tangen

DANC 271- Contemporary Indigenous Dance

Rulan tangen flipping hair back and standing behind antlers

Photo Credit: Sunny Khalsa

Wednesday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m.
(DANC 271 discussions will include a movement session, but no dance experience is required)
This will take place in person in PE1, Gymnasium/PE Building, Dance Studio 1.

Rulan Tangen's work explores movement as an expression of functional ritual for transformation, an embodied source of knowing, and energetic connection with all relations – human and beyond. With an international dance career, Rulan has also been a dedicated teacher, sharing  extensively in Native and inter-cultural communities across the Americas. Surviving cancer to discover her leadership purpose as Founding Artistic Director/Choreographer of DANCING EARTH, with a vision for inclusion she evolves a creative practice that explores intercultural  diversity and ecological relations. Her mixed ancestral  lineage includes Kampampangan / Pangasinan of Luzon Island in Pacific archipelago of Philippines as well to Europe’s Norsk and Eire, and  she has passionately cultivated successive generations of Native, mixed, and global Indigenous contemporary performing artists as cultural ambassadors and conduits for social change . She is recipient of 2018-19 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist fellowship for Service, Justice, Freedom, Courage, and Gratitude - and is grateful for all that roots her, for the dreaming and doing of Dancing Earth :  moving,  shaking , swirling the world into renewal

Dancing Earth website


Anna Ishida

THAR 400- Career Paths and Planning

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Friday, September 30 at 12:00 p.m.
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Born in Tokyo and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Anna originally studied classical/bel canto singing and has since built her acting career with extensive experience in new works by composers and playwrights. She is the star of San Francisco Director, H.P. Mendoza's arthouse/experimental horror film, I Am a Ghost, which garnered high acclaim and numerous awards (Gravitas Ventures). She is an original cast member of Jason Craig and Dave Malloy's (Banana Bag & Bodice Co.) award-winning song play: Beowulf—A Thousand Years of Baggage having toured with the show in UK/QC/NYC/Boston, MA/Berkeley, CA (original production).

Anna Ishida's Website


Jamie Nakama

DANC 271- Capoeira

Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 p.m.
(DANC 271 discussions will include a movement session, but no dance experience is required)
This will take place in person in PE1, Gymnasium/PE Building, Dance Studio 1.

About Instrutora India (Jamie Nakama): From Honolulu, Hawaii, and currently living in Novato, California, Jamie is an educator, dancer, performer, youth mentor, environmentalist, anthropologist, capoeira instructor and more! She has a master’s degree in ecological anthropology and is deeply engaged in social activism and environmental sustainability. Jamie is the Youth Program Manager at LandPaths, a non-profit organization based in Sonoma County dedicated to community conservation and social change. She also teaches biological and cultural anthropology at Diablo Valley College. Jamie has been training capoeira with Capoeria Besouro Hawaii under the instruction of Mestre Kinha from Rio de Janeiro since 2002. In Hawaii, she taught capoeira for kids and adults for over ten years and currently teaches small classes for youth in Novato. Jamie is also a yoga instructor and is trained in a number of dance forms including contemporary, contact improvisation, aerial dance, and hula. She has performed professionally with a number of Hawaii-based dance theater companies and now performs and collaborates with Bay Area artists including Lizz Roman & Dancers and CALI & CO.


Joti Singh

DANC 271- Bhangra

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Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 p.m.
(DANC 271 discussions will include a movement session, but no dance experience is required)
This will take place in person in PE1, Gymnasium/PE Building, Dance Studio 1.

Joti Singh, Artistic Director of Duniya Dance and Drum Company, is a dance creator and innovator, sprung from the U.S. American south to parents from northern India. She is the Artistic Director of Duniya Dance and Drum Company. Joti began her dance training in Punjabi circles, carrying through her body the culture that’s in her blood and memory. As an adult, West African dance entered Joti’s purview, transforming her body’s imagination. Through this multilingual body, Joti explores where history intertwines with contemporary continuities of celebration and injustice. She created the performance “Half and Halves,” about the Punjabi-Mexican communities of California with collaborator Zenon Barron. Joti has received support from the Creative Work Fund, the San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and more. Currently, Joti is creating the piece “Ghadar Geet: Blood and Ink,” about her great grandfather, Bhagwan Singh Gyanee's role in the Ghadar Party, based in San Francisco in the early 20th century, fighting for India’s independence from Britain.

Joti and her partner, musician Bongo Sidibe, lead bi-annual trips to Guinea and in 2012, opened the Duniya Center for Arts and Education in Conakry. She teaches Bhangra all over the SF Bay Area, including at Dance Mission Theater. Joti founded the World Dance program at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts in 2016. She holds an MA in South Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and a BA in English from Reed College


Elizabeth Carter

THAR 400- Career Paths and Planning

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Friday, October 28 at 12:00 p.m.
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Elizabeth Carter is a SF Bay Area actor/director who most recently directed Stoop Stories at the Aurora Theatre Co., as well as the virtual production of Feel the Spirit for Shotgun Players and Colt Coeur. Her directing includes San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 groundbreaking virtual King Lear and 2021 Pericles Episode 3, Bondage (Honorable Mention for the Relentless Award) with AlterTheatre, Every 28 Hours Plays and A Place to Belong with American Conservatory Theatre, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf… (Broadway World Best Local Play and TBA nominee Best Ensemble) with African American Shakespeare Co., and Participants (TBA Best Anthology) for TheatreFirst. She has directed numerous productions for California Shakespeare Theater Conservatory and has served as the Associate Director of the Theatre Department at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a recipient of the Bridging the Gap Grant and a Director’s West 2019 Alum. She is a graduate of Mills College. Elizabeth is the Inaugural SDCF Lloyd Richards New Futures Resident Artist with Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Elizabeth Carter's Website

Nicole Odell

THAR 400- Career Paths and Planning

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Friday, November 11 at 12:00 p.m.
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Artistic Director of Killing My Lobster, actor, writer, improviser, instructor, horror movie aficionado, and lover of lists.


Nicole Odell is an actor, writer, and improviser originally from the East Bay. She earned her B.A. in Drama from San Francisco State in 2010, and upon graduation, she completed the Conservatory program at Second City Hollywood, performing sketch and improv all along the way. In 2014, she returned to the Bay Area theatre scene. She taught and coached improv with Leela Improv Theatre, participating in various comedy festivals including The Denver Improv Festival, SFIF, Femprovisor Fest, and SF Sketchfest. She has appeared in productions around the Bay Area, including with Faultline Theatre Co, EXIT Theatre, and Livermore Shakespeare Festival. Nicole first began working with Killing My Lobster back in 2015 as an actor, writer, and instructor, and stepped into her role as AD in November of 2021.

Killing My Lobster Website


Osvaldo Ramirez

DANC 271- Mexican Folklórico

Professional Headshot of Osvaldo Ramírez Vidales

Wednesday, November 16, 5 p.m.
(DANC 271 discussions will include a movement session, but no dance experience is required)
This will take place in person in PE1, Gymnasium/PE Building, Dance Studio 1.

Osvaldo Ramírez Vidales has been involved in Mexican Folklórico Dance for over 20 years in the city of Sacramento. He completed a full 10-year trajectory with Raices de mi Tierra in Sacramento from 2000 to 2010, the original Mexican dance group at CSU Sacramento. He also co-joined Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes dance company as guest dancer from 2005-2007 where he had the opportunity to travel and perform internationally at the Beijing International Dance Festival in China.  Osvaldo has received extensive training in México under well-known Folklórico Maestros like Rafael Zamarripa and Viviana Basanta – both pioneers and 2nd generation dancers from the original choreographers of Mexican Dance.  He continues his training by participating at National and International Mexican Dance Associations in the US and Mexico.  Moreover, Osvaldo has been a dancer in other genres such as Bharatanatyam Classical Indian Dance, Ballroom, Capoeria, Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Flamenco, and Ballet. From 2011-2019, Osvaldo along with Manuel Pérez, co-led as dance directors of Grupo Folklórico Los Alteños in Sacramento. Recently, Osvaldo has now accepted full directorship of Ballet Folklorico Nube de Oro, a dance group in Sacramento that has been in existence for over 26 years. He’s a UC Davis Psychology Bachelor and CSUS Master’s Degree Graduate in Career Counseling.  Currently, Osvaldo serves his 11th year as Faculty Lecturer at CSU Sacramento teaching Mexican Folkórico Dance and works full time as a Manager in Workforce Services at EDD with the State.  

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