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 Rubio (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 choreographer with the Sonoma State Dance Ensemble, and received the Student of the Year award through the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. She has also acted as an intern for la Alternativa – Alternative Conservatory (San Francisco), dance director for Narrow Way Stage Co. (Sonoma County), and is currently a choreographer/board member for Sonoma County Dance Theater. A strong believer in the healing powers of the arts, her future plans include pursuing certification through the Tamalpa Institute Training Program and the pursuit of a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Psychology.
Mira-Lisa Katz (dancer), 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’s Yoga Garden Dancers, Virginia Matthews, Nancy Lyons and many other local choreographers. 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 literacy, applied linguistics, embodied learning and multimodality. Her recent book, titled Moving Ideas, includes several chapters on dance and can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/Moving-Ideas-Multimodality-Communities-Epistemologies/dp/1433122073
(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!