Faculty & Staff

Administration

Courtney Harris

Interim Chair

Courtney Harris is delighted to serve VCU Dance and the School of the Arts since 2011. Her professional career began at the Houston Ballet, where she danced under the directorship of Ben Stevenson from 1993-1999. During her tenure in...

Lea Marshall

Associate Chair, Producer

Lea Marshall, Assistant Professor, has worked with VCU Dance since the spring of 2004 on projects ranging from Dancing with Horses, Equus I, to coordinating VCU’s hosting of the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Region American College Dance Festival....


Full-Time Faculty

Martha Curtis

Professor

Martha Curtis is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and video producer/director who served from 1996-2006 as Chair of VCU Dance. Ms. Curtis began her professional dance career by performing for six years with the New York based Pauline...

James Frazier

Professor

Dr. James Frazier is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for VCU’s School of the Arts, and is a tenured Professor in the Department of Dance and Choreography. He received a BS in Marketing and an MFA in Dance, both from Florida State...

Michael Jarett

Lighting Designer/Dance Technical Director

Michael Jarett is the Lighting Designer/Dance Technical Director for VCU Dance. He received his BA in Theater from the University of Richmond (Richmond, VA), MFA in Theater Design from Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) and held the...

Robbie Kinter

Music Director

Robbie Kinter discovered his love of dance and music while earning his BFA in Sculpture at VCU. He has created over 40 scores for dance, including works for Amaranth Contemporary Dance, Robert Battle, Clancy Works, and Starr Foster Dance...

Scott Putman

Associate Professor

Scott Putman is an Associate Professor in dance and choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University. He teaches across the curriculum in the technical and creative tracks in all levels of contemporary modern practices and ballet as well...

Melanie Richards

Associate Professor

Melanie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her BA and MA degrees in dance at UCLA and has also completed the course work for the MFA degree in acting...

Eric Rivera

Assistant Professor

A native of Puerto Rico, Eric Rivera earned his MFA in Choreography from SUNY Purchase College. During his performing career he danced with Ballet Hispanico of New York for 13 seasons where he helped to create over 20 original works....

Dr. E. Gaynell Sherrod

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, earned a masters and doctorate in dance performative research and pedagogy from Temple University.

Research interests include African-derived dance forms as performative practice, Dance Pedagogy and Arts in...

Judith K. Steel

Associate Professor

Judith K. Steel, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., holds an M.A. degree in Dance from the University of Colorado, and is a practicing C.M.A. (Certified Movement Analyst) through the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. She is...

Autumn Proctor Waddell

Assistant Professor

Autumn Proctor Waddell was born and raised in Virginia, where she started her early years of training with her mother through the Ann Catherine Cross School of Dance, where she is currently the Associate Artistic Director. She had...


Adjunct Faculty

Steve Ashby

Adjunct Faculty, Music

Steve Ashby received his Master of Music in classical guitar performance from VCU in 2005. From that time onward, he has served as a member of the guitar faculty within VCU’s Department of Music. During this time, he has also taught...

Bruce Berryhill

Video Choreography

Bruce Berryhill’s directing career focuses on creating programs that broaden the television audience’s cultural and social awareness. As a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Indian Nation, Mr. Berryhill has adapted the art of storytelling...

Rebecca Brown

Adjunct Faculty, Dance Science

Bio coming soon.

Danaë Carter

Adjunct Faculty, Ballet

Danaë Carter has been a member of the Richmond dance community for over sixteen years. Originally from California, she received her early training with Richard Cammack and Zola Dishong; Michael Smuin at Contra Costa Ballet Centre in...

Ayo Lashaunda Craddock

Adjunct Faculty, West African Dance

Ayo Lashaunda Craddock has been a lover of dance, theater and the cultural arts since early elementary school. Although her dance background training includes hip hop, ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance, her passion has always been...

Starrene Foster

Adjunct Faculty, Modern

A Richmond native, Starrene Foster, is a performer, dance educator and the Artistic Director of Starr Foster Dance Project. Starrene is the recipient of the Theresa Pollack Award for Artistic Excellence and was recently featured on...

Talita Jackson

Adjunct Faculty, Hip-Hop

Talita Jackson has been dancing for 18 years, and holds a BFA in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught classes and workshops in Hip Hop dance locally and around the region, including the Richmond...

Brinson Leigh Kresge

Adjunct Professor, Yoga

Leigh has been practicing asana since 2000, and has had a dedicated Ashtanga practice since 2003. As a dancer, she was drawn to the connection between breath and movement, the physical benefits, and the discipline of this practice. As...

Julinda Lewis

Adjunct Faculty, Dance Hisotry, Dance in World Cultures

Julinda Lewis is Artistic Director of Sarah’s Sisters, a worship arts ministry for women aged 50+, a founding member of the Women of One Accord dance ministry, Senior Director of the Ayinde2 Children and co-founder and co-director of...

John Massey

Adjunct Faculty, Ballroom

John Massey has taught ballroom dance in the Department of Dance and Choreography at VCU since 1983. He began his teacher training in 1953 from Arthur Murray in NYC. He also teaches at the School of Richmond Ballet and at Rigby’s Jig...

Susan Israel Massey

Adjunct Faculty, Ballet

Susan Israel Massey received her BFA an MFA Degrees in Ballet and Choreography from the University of Utah,where she studied with Willam Christensen. She has been teaching for over 40 years in professional dance organizations and private...

Karen Roodman

Adjunct Faculty, Pilates

Karen started her career in movement at the age of four, studying ballet, tap and jazz until her middle teens. As a young adult, she continued studying dance, which ultimately led her to pursue a certification with AFAA (Aerobics and...

Elizabeth Turner

Adjunct Faculty, Ballet History

Elizabeth Turner began her dance training in her hometown of New Orleans at Giacobbe Academy of Dance. While in New Orleans, she performed with Delta Festival Ballet, under the direction of Joseph Giacobbe, and in several productions for...

Francis Wessells

Associate Professor Emerita

Frances Wessells (Associate Professor Emerita) received a BA from the University of Denver and an MA from NYU. She taught at Sweet Briar College for three years, at the University of Richmond for 25 years and has been at VCU for 30...


Staff

Laura Stepp

Dance Department Administrative Director, Admissions, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable

Amelia Langford

Grace Street Theater Manager

Le Lew

Grace Street Theater Technical Director