Brandon S. Whited

Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance

University of California, Santa Barbara |


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.

Creative Research

Contemporary Dance

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)


Musical Theater

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)

Teaching Experience

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

  • Winter Intensive

2016 UNCSA

  • Commercial Dance Intensive (contemporary technique, partnering)

2015 UNCSA

  • Summer Intensive (contemporary technique, partnering, repertory)

2014 BalletMet Columbus

  • Summer Intensive (advanced contemporary technique, repertory)

2013 UNCSA

  • 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

Dance Training

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

                       Committee Membership

  • Assistant Professor of Asian Theater Studies - Search

  • Season Selection Committee

  • Production Committee

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Graduate Studies

  • Dance Audition and Recruitment Committee

                       University-wide Service

  • 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

Professional Memberships

  • National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)

  • American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA)

  • California Dance Education Association (CDEA)

  • Conference on Research in Dance (CORD) - 2014-2017