Senior Lecturer, Department of Theater & Dance, Santa Clara University
Kristin Kusanovich is a modern/contemporary dancer and theatre artist who has directed, choreographed and produced solo and ensemble works in dance, drama, musical theatre, opera, film and video. She received her MFA in Choreography and Performance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her BA from Santa Clara University in Dance with a minor in Mathematics. Kristin is an international presenter, published author and researcher in applied performance using transdisciplinary research methods, and formerly served as Artistic Director of Kusanovich Dance Theatre of Minneapolis. She currently choreographs and directs professionally for Bay Area theatre companies and Kusanovich Dance of San Francisco. She is a Senior Lecturer at Santa Clara University in the Department of Theatre Dance and the Child Studies Program where she teaches in the areas of kinesthetic learning, creative methods in the visual and performing arts, technique, composition and design thinking in dance, culturally responsive teaching, collaboration in theatre, and the business of the arts. Her work honors the inherent value of immersion into the artistic process as well as the instrumental value of the arts to such aims as personal and communal resiliency, diplomacy, civic engagement, social justice, cognition/intellectual achievement, peace-studies, spirituality and human/environmental flourishing.