Brandon S. Whited
Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance
University of California, Santa Barbara
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2016 MFA Dance
The Ohio State University (OSU)— Columbus, OH
2006 BFA Contemporary Dance, Performance and Choreography
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), Winston-Salem, NC
Teaching & Research Interests
Contemporary performance; choreography (contemporary and musical theatre); composition; improvisation; partnering; somatic-based practices; social dance forms; contemporary, modern, and ballet technique.
Gender theory; queer theory; masculinities studies; feminist studies; performance studies; dance studies.
95 North (2019)
Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara, CA, May 8-9, 10 Performers, 16 mins.
Re-III (excerpted for special staging at Sam Houston State University) (2019) Choreography by: Shen Wei
Dance Spectrum, GPAC Dance Theater, Sam Houston State University, May 2-4 13 performers, 18 mins.
“Simple Man” (Excerpt from Cipher XY) (2019) Commissioned re-staging for UCSB Dance Company repertory season, 2 dancers, 6 mins.
Ragtime Suite (Excerpts) (2019 ) Chamber Music and Dance Concert, Lotte Lehmann Hall, University of California Santa Barbara, Feb 23, 6 dancers, 6 mins.
Re-III (excerpted for special staging at UC Santa Barbara) (2018) Choreography by: Shen Wei “Origin/Evolution” Fall Faculty Concert, Hatlen Theater, University of California Santa Barbara, Dec 6-8, 13 performers, 18 mins.
Boys Like Us (2018) “New Shoes 19,” Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA, 2 performers, 15 mins.
Structure of Us (2017)
Maker’s Gallery and Studio, KeyBank Rochester Fringe, Rochester, NY Collaborative, Site-specific Installation with Tammy Carrasco | Wild Beast Dance, and Kitty Hubbard. 3 performers, music by Michael Wall, 40 mins.
Maryland Arts Place: 14K Cabaret, Charm City Fringe, Baltimore, MD Collaborative, Site-specific Installation with Tammy Carrasco | Wild Beast Dance, and Kitty Hubbard. 3 performers, music by Michael Wall, 40 mins.
Sono Loro/they are them (2017)
Mutty Gallery, Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy. Collaboration with Sarah Lisette Chiesa. 2 performers, evening length.
Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione, Universitá degli Studi di Parma, Italy Collaboration with Sarah Lisette Chiesa, 2 performers, evening length.
Petit Pas (2017)
Hatlen Theater, University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Dance Theater Guest performance and choreography 2 dancers, music by Nils Frahm, 10 mins.
Cipher XY -excerpt (2016)
BalletMet Columbus Theatre, Columbus Ohio, April 23-24, Ohio Dance Festival Adjudicated Concert 5 dancers, 10 min version
Cipher XY (2015)
Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall, The Ohio State University, MFA Compositional Thesis, 5 dancers, music by Eminem, Nils Frahm, Black, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, 20 min.
“Simple Man” (Excerpt from Cipher XY) (2015)
Geva Theatre Center: Nextstage, Rochester Fringe Festival, Rochester, NY. “Feathered Landing: A Convergence of Dances,” Curation: Tammy Carrasco and Sarah Levitt
Ragtime Suite (2015)
Riffe Auditorium at the Capital Theatre, The Ohio State University, Drums Downtown XI, commissioned by The School of Music
6 dancers, music by George Hamilton Green, arr. Bob Becker, performed live by Simpatico Percussion Group, 13 min.
Sonata in A Minor (2014)
Barnett Theatre, The Ohio State University, 2 dancers, music by J.S. Bach, played by Chris Thile (mandolin), 11 min.
Warmer Brüder (2006)
Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Pluck Project 2006, UNC School of the Arts Solo, Music by Gabriel Fauré, sung by Kathleen Battle, 4 min.
Billie (2006) Demille Theatre, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
BFA Compositional Thesis
4 dancers, music by Jacob Ter Veldhuis, played live by Brandon Epting (saxophone)
The Purple Repertory Theatre Company - New York, NY
The All-American Gender F*ck Cabaret (2010) - Choreographer Writer: Mariah McCarthy, Director: Heidi Handlesman
The Un-Marrying Project (2010) - Choreographer
Writer: Larry Kunofski, Director: Rachel Eckerling
Cape Fear Regional Theatre - Fayetteville, NC
2002-2009 Performer and Choreographer
Shows Choreographed: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – (Choreographer); High School Musical – (Co-Choreographer); Fame– (Assistant Choreographer); The Music Man – (Assistant Choreographer); Performance Roles: Grease (Ensemble), Snow White Goes West (Miner/Dwarf), My Fair Lady (Featured Dance Ensemble), The King & I (Ensemble/Uncle Thomas)
2016-Present University of California, Santa Barbara, Dept. of Theater & Dance, Assistant Professor of Dance
Contemporary Technique 56/156 A-F (majors) - studio
Dance Production 186 (majors) - seminar/practicum
Choreography 50/151A/151B (majors) - studio
Kinetic Lab 151C (majors) - choreography practicum
Improvisation 51/163 (majors) - studio
Integrated Partnering 164 (majors) - studio
Social Dance Survey 46 (non-majors) - studio/lecture
Masculinities In/As Performance (graduate) - seminar
2014-2016 The Ohio State University, Department of Dance, Graduate Fellow/Graduate Teaching Associate
Integrated Partnering (majors special topics, partnering techniques) (SP16) studio
Contemporary Technique (majors’ primary technique) (SP15) studio
Repertory (Spring Dept. Concert for dance majors) (SP15) studio
Improvisation for Minors (SP15) studio
Contemporary Practice (supplementary technique class) (AU14) studio
Social Dance (studio survey class and history) (AU14) studio
Partnered Improvisation (directed teaching w/ Bebe Miller) (SP14) studio
2016 Shen Wei Dance Arts
Commercial Dance Intensive (contemporary technique, partnering)
Summer Intensive (contemporary technique, partnering, repertory)
2014 BalletMet Columbus
Summer Intensive (advanced contemporary technique, repertory)
Summer Intensive (contemporary technique, partnering, repertory)
Assistant stager of Shen Wei's Rite of Spring- (w/ Kathleen Jewett, SWDA Rehearsal Director)
2012 Shen Wei Dance Arts
Summer Intensive (contemporary partnering, repertory, concepts “business in dance”)
Open Class Series (substitute contemporary technique)
Professional Performance Experience
2008-2013 Shen Wei Dance Arts – Shen Wei
Full Time Performance with domestic and International touring to noted dance festivals and performance venues including the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), Lincoln Center Festival (New York), Ravenna Festival (Italy), Edinburgh Festival (Scotland), Esplanade Festival (Singapore), White Bird Festival (Portland), Company in Residence at the Park Avenue Armory (NY, 2010) and Kennedy Center for the Arts (2009-2012).
Originated Roles in: Re-III (2009), Limited States (2010), Undivided Divided (2011), Collective Measures (2013)
2008-2013 STEELEDANCE – Teri and Oliver Steele
Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, NYC (USA); Fab Festival (2011), Dance New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC (USA)
2007-2012 The Metropolitan Opera- Supernumerary
War and Peace, Carmen (Swing for all Toreadors), La Gioconda (swing for male commedia dell’arte roles), Damnation of Faust (Specialized Movement Super), Aida (Swing for all marching regiments)
2008 danscores - Ofelia Loret de Mola
Joyce Soho - spring season; Sitelines Festival (LMCC) - City Hall Park, NYC
2006-2007 Randy James Dance Works
Joyce Soho - Fall Season; Red Bank, NJ - Spring Season
2006 Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company
Encore - Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
Performance in Academia
The Ohio State University
Les Fauves (2015)– Tammy Carrasco, MFA Thesis Project
'Watch From Here II,' Barnett Theatre, OSU Department of Dance
Ohio Dance Festival, Ballet Met Performance Space, Columbus, OH
The Albatross (2014)— Norah Zuniga-Shaw and Vita Berezina-Blackburn, Live motion-capture performance, OSU Advanced Center for Computing and Design 2013 Hendrix Redux (1991/2013)— Bebe Miller, Dance Downtown— Faculty Concert
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
2006 - Fall Dance: Four Corners, Sean Sullivan; Winter Dance: Four Brubeck Pieces (1984), Murray Louis, staged by Alberto del Saz and Dianne Markham; Spring Dance: Nascimento (1997), David Parsons, staged by: Jamie Martinez, La Sonnambula - Harlequin, Ensemble (1946) George Balanchine, staged by: Melissa Hayden
2005 - Fall Dance: unfolding my weary self, exposing my will, BJ Sullivan; Winter Dance: The Wish for Even Ground or Field Effect, Alex Ketley; Spring Dance: Possession (1994), Doug Varone; Love of the Rose, Sean Sullivan
2004 - Fall Dance: Hot House Recollections, Kevin Wynn, Still Waters Run, Teri Steele; Winter Dance: Point and Line to Plane, Brenda Daniels; Spring Dance: Swan Lake, Petipa/Ivanov, staged by: Susan McCullough and Warren Conover
2003 - Fall Dance: Horos, Alberto Del Saz; Winter Dance: And the Congregation Sez..., Sean Sullivan; Spring Dance: Grand Duo (1993) Mark Morris, staged by: Kraig Patternson
Early Performance Experience
2002 - Swan Lake- (Petipa/Ivanov) Pas de Trois/Neapolitan;
Dance Theatre of Fayetteville, Artistic Director: John Cronin
2003-2008 - ‘Illuminations Festival,’ UNC School of the Arts
Cookoo Ilamoku, The Chairman Dances, Banum, (Rick McCullough); Boys and Girls (Brenda Daniels); Senza Fretta (Sal Aeillo)
2000/2001 - The Nutcracker- (Prince/Russian)
NC State Ballet Company, Artistic Director: Charlotte Blume
2013-2016 The Ohio State University Department of Dance
Contemporary: Bebe Miller, Daniel Roberts, Stephanie Nugent (guest)
Ballet, Analysis (Laban Effort Theory): Melanie Bales
Somatics, Composition: Bebe Miller
Pedagogy: Susan Hadley
Intermedia Performance: Norah Zuniga-Shaw
2008-2013 New York City, Professional
Shen Wei Dance Arts, Natual Body Development Technique
Oliver Steele (contemporary technique), Dance New Amsterdam, STEPS
Zvi Gotheiner (ballet technique), NY City Center
Christene Wright (ballet technique), Gibney Dance Center
2002-2006 The University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Contemporary: Brenda Daniels (Cunningham), Sean Sullivan (Limon), Dianne Markham (Nikolais), Trish Casey (Kohner), various guests.
Composition: same as above
Partnering/Contact Improv: Sean Sullivan
Ballet: Susan McCullough (NDT), Melissa Hayden (NYCB), Warren Conover(ABT/HSDC), Dayna Fox (NCDT), Fanchon Cordell, Frank Smith (bothABT), Christine Spizzo, Raymond Serrano
2003/2005 Hubbard Street Dance Chicago - Summer Scholarship
Lucas Crandall (Ballet), Molly Shanahan (Modern), Eddie Ocampo (Jazz)
2005 Aerial Dance Festival - Boulder, CO
Low-flying Trapeze, Bungee, Rope and Harness, Fabric, Aerial Improvisation
1999 Dance Theatre of Fayetteville
Classical Ballet Technique/Ballet Partnering: John Cronin (Carolina Ballet)
1995-2000 The Dance Connection - Fayetteville, NC
Modern, Ballet, Partnering, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Folk, Tap, Clogging
Fellowships, Scholarships & Grants
2018 UC Regent’s Junior Faculty Fellowship, development of Boys Like Us and research. 2018 UCSB Senate Faculty Research Grant, Boys Like Us development, production and performances in Los Angeles.
2018 UCSB Senate Faculty Travel Grant, Presenting at NDEO Conference. “Connections, Knowledge and Leadership: A New Era in Dance Education.” San Diego, CA. Oct. 4-7.
2018 UCSB Senate Faculty Travel Grant, Presenting at AMSA Conference. “Bodies, Sexualities and Masculinities.” Minneapolis, MN. Mar. 22-25.
2017 UCSB Senate Faculty Research Grant, Sono Loro/they are them development and performances in Italy and Santa Barbara.
2017 UCSB Senate Faculty Travel Grant, Presenting at NDEO Conference. “Men in Dance: Bridging the Gap.” Morgantown, WV. June 29-July 1.
2014/2016 Distinguished University Fellowship, The Ohio State University
2015 UCAT Seed Grant—Co-written with Noelle Bohaty on Behalf of The OSU Dept. of Dance for the creation of a Dance Music Database to support GraduateTeaching Associates in Studio Classes—University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, The Ohio State University
2015 Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women—Grant Award for Graduate Research, Dept. of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University
2015 Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship, The Graduate School, The Ohio State University
2014 Carolyn H. Newhouse Scholarship, Career Transition for Dancers
University of California, Santa Barbara
2016-2019 Graduate Diversity Officer, Theater & Dance—UCSB Graduate Division
Assistant Professor of Asian Theater Studies - Search
Season Selection Committee
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Dance Audition and Recruitment Committee
Trans Task Force - Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
LGBTQ Faculty/Student Mentorship Program
Humanities & Fine Arts Faculty Mentor
The Ohio State University
2015-2016 Co-creator/Co-PI—Dance Music Database
Grant Writing and Project Design for a streaming music database service to support Graduate Teaching Associate’s musical accompaniment needs for studio/classroom support.
2014-2016 Graduate/Undergraduate Mentorship Initiatives
Partnered with selected graduate colleagues to organize informal grad panel discussions with undergrads. Organized a one-on-one mentorship connection between grads/undergrads.
2015-2016 Vice President—DiGS, Graduate Student Organization
Dance organization providing support and supplemental funding for social, educational, artistic and creative programs through OSU student organizations services.
2014-2015 Social Media Coordinator—DiGS, Graduate Student Organization
National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA)
California Dance Education Association (CDEA)
Conference on Research in Dance (CORD) - 2014-2017