currently serves as Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. She performed and taught, both nationally and internationally with the critically acclaimed Doug Elkins Dance Company (NYC) from 1994-2001. She has also worked with Mercy Sidbury, Mark Haim, Matthew Nash, Locate Performance Group and Gus Solomons Jr. Dance. Kristen was a member of the Chamber Dance Company in Seattle, Washington from 2001-2003 dancing the works of Isadora Duncan, Hanya Holm, Hannah Kahn, Murray Louis, Susan Marshall, Bebe Miller, Mark Morris and Anna Sokolow. She has been a guest artist at Ohio University, New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, Dance Works Rotterdam and SummerDance Santa Barbara. Kristen is a founding member of SoCo Dance Theater. She is currently working with Christine Cali and Jessie Olsen Bay on a Soundscape Project inspired by the SSU Nature Preserves and the work of musician and naturalist, Bernie Krause. Kristen received her B.F.A (dance) from Ohio University and her M.F.A. (dance) from the University of Washington.
Gloria E. Rubio-Verduzco (dancer/choreographer) graduated from Sonoma State University with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Dance in 2011. She has choreographed, performed, and directed theater and dance throughout the Bay Area. She has acted as assistant director and assistant choreographer with the Sonoma State Dance Ensemble, and received the Student of the Year award through the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. She is currently a choreographer and board member for Sonoma County Dance Theater. She is a Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology at Meridian University in conjunction with the Tamalpa Institute Training Program in movement-based expressive arts.
Mira-Lisa Katz (dancer/choreographer), a native of Seattle, has been dancing in the Bay Area since 1977. She has performed with Lucas Hoving, Mary Reid, Jill Randall, Dana Lawton, Randee Paufve, Gay White, Ruth Botchan, Virginia Matthews, Nancy Lyons, Mercy Sidbury and other local choreographers. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Dance/Creative Practice at St. Mary’s College of California. Dancer and critic Sarah Chenoweth’s review of Mira’s recent suite of dances, “Change of State,” (2015) can be found here: http://dancingwords.typepad.com/mfa_dance_in_review/
In addition to dancing, Mira earned a Ph.D. in Education in Language, Literacy and Culture from U.C. Berkeley in 1999, and has been a Professor of English at Sonoma State University since 2002. She teaches and writes about language, literacy, linguistics, multimodality and dance. Her edited book, Moving Ideas: Multimodality and Embodied Learning in Communities and Schools, can be found at http://www.amazon.com/Moving-Ideas-Multimodality-Communities-Epistemologies/dp/1433122073 and her academic profile is here: http://www.sonoma.edu/english/people/mira-lisa-katz.html
(choreographer/dancer) began dancing as a child in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she first studied ballet. As a teen she caught the “modern” bug as inspired by Elizabeth Waters (former lead dancer with Hanya Holm) with whom she studied and performed. After moving to the SF Bay Area she continued dancing and performing and received an MA in Dance from Mills College. Her solo and group choreography has been performed in the Bay Area, NY City and internationally, including Switzerland, France, Hong Kong and Taipei. With Rebecca Fuller, former Chair of the Dance Department at Mills College, she co-authored Openings and Inner Workings, The Moving Box and The Moving Book, resources for movement exploration and dance making. She received a Sonoma County Art Award for Dance (1990) and 6th Street Playhouse showcase of selected women performing artists in 2012. She is Professor Emeritus of Dance at Sonoma State University, having retired after more than 40 years as teacher and Director of the Dance Program. She is delighted to be a new member of SoCo Dance Theater!