Anthony Nikolchev
Faculty, Movement

Anthony Nikolchev grew up in California’s Bay Area, cut his teeth in Central Europe, and holds a dual degree in theater and something like bioethics from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He's an actor, writer, director for theater, film and experiential movement performance,... Continue reading »

Daniel Passer
Faculty, Acting
Associate Director of Performance

Daniel Passer creates work as a performer, writer and director.  For the past 12 years, Daniel has been a lead Clown and Comedy Conceptor for Cirque du Soleil and Dragone Entertainment. He was the comedy and clown act designer for Cirque’s critically acclaimed “Zarkana”... Continue reading »

Elizabeth Pickens

Beth Pickens is a Los Angeles-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She is the author of Your Art Will Save Your Life (Feminist Press, 2018).  Her pamphlets—Making Art During Fascism and On Artists and Hopelessness—were designed and distributed by the... Continue reading »

Jane Pickett
Faculty, Writing for Performance

Jane Pickett is a writer/director based in Los Angeles. In 2008, she received her MFA in Writing for Performance from CalArts, and her play AUTOPILOT was featured in the Redcat NOW and Philadelphia and Edinburgh fringe festivals. In 2009, she directed her play SOMEONE IN FLORIDA LOVES ME, which... Continue reading »

Travis Preston
Dean, Head of Directing
Artistic Director, CalArts Center for New Performance

Travis Preston is Artistic Director of the CalArts Center for New Performance and Dean of the CalArts School of Theater. He directs theater and opera throughout the world. Most recently, he completed the world premiere of CalArts Center for New Performance’s Fantômas: Revenge of the... Continue reading »

Kelsey Rainwater
Faculty, School of Theater
Stage Management

Kelsey is an actress based out of the ancestral lands of the Munsee Lenape people, or today’s Hudson County. Kelsey is a Faculty Lecturer in Acting and Stage Management at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale and is one of the faculty Intimacy and Fight Director’s. She is a Fight... Continue reading »

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