Spotlight Talks

Spotlight Talks at THE BROAD STAGE

Artists and Santa Monica College faculty present pre-show conversations and post-show Q&A’s to enhance the experience of the performances on The Broad Stage.

Participating Santa Monica College Faculty:

Invertigo Dance Theatre
Saturday, SEP 14, 2019

Mark Tomasic has performed with a variety of internationally renowned dance companies throughout his professional career of over 20 years including Ballet Contemporaneo de Buenos Aires, Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Verb Ballets. He has performed principal and featured roles in masterworks of such noble choreographers as Martha Graham, Donald McKayle, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, Sean Curran, May O’Donnell, George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Flemming Flindt, Talley Beatty, and Agnes de Mille. As a choreographer, Mark has created works for numerous dance companies, colleges, and universities across the country and has worked extensively in the field of physically integrated dance with the Dancing Wheels Company & School, one of the premier arts and disability organizations in the United States. Mark holds an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, a BFA in Ballet from the University of Cincinnati and is also an American Ballet Theatre certified Teacher, having completed the ABT National Training Curriculum in Pre-Primary through Level 3. Mark is a full-time Professor of Dance at Santa Monica College and holds the Luis Nazar Chair of Excellence in the Performing Arts from the SMC Foundation.
Learn more about Invertigo Dance Theatre here.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Saturday, OCT 12, 2019

James Bergman is a double bassist who is active in classical and contemporary music in Southern California. He performs regularly with the Los Angeles Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, and has been a member of the San Jose Symphony and other orchestras. Aside from symphonic work he can be found in the studio playing for motion pictures and video games. Bergman has recorded in a variety of genres from rock to opera including the LA Opera’s Grammy award winning recording of Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, Josh Groban’s Stages Live and most recently the premiere of Dragon Rite by Michael Byron on Cold Blue Music. In 2018 he performed Trios for Deep Voices with composer Christopher Roberts in Taiwan. Other performances include the Other Minds Festival in San Francisco, the Bang on a Can Festival in New York, and recordings and tours with the Mikel Rouse Broken Consort. Bergman received his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with bassist David Walter. He is currently Associate Professor at Santa Monica College.
Learn more about Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble here.

17 Border Crossings
Saturday, JAN 25, 2020
Post-show conversation to follow performance

Pervis Sawoski has directed and choreographed several plays and musicals at SMC. Highlights include, The Threepenny Opera, Prelude to A Kiss, Evita, Cabaret, The Royal Hunt of The Sun, Man of La Mancha, Witness for the Prosecution, Forever Plaid, Arcadia, Rags, Cesar and Ruben, (co-directed with Ed Begley, Jr.). New, experimental works include Heart Mountain, Butterfly Wings, Locals Only, and Flamenco Macbeth! Several of her productions have been selected to perform at the Kennedy Center/ American College Theater Regional and National festivals. Ms. Sawoski incorporates multiple Asian and western theatrical and movement techniques in her work as a teacher, performer and director. She teaches Acting, Stage Movement, Musical Theatre and Directing, and is the current Theatre Arts Department Chair.

Learn more about 17 Border Crossings here.
Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal
Saturday, FEB 15, 2020

A Los Angeles native, Marissa Osato is a choreographer, director, and educator who creates emotionally-driven, embodied narratives to find cross-cultural universality within shared experiences. Marissa is the co-founder/co-artistic director of Entity Contemporary Dance, an LA-based dance company that has taught workshops and performed original repertory in the U.S. and Asia. Marissa earned an MFA in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Dance and BA in Literary Journalism from the University of California, Irvine. Marissa has taught and set choreography at over 50 studios and colleges across the U.S., and has held master classes in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Guam and South America. In 2019, Marissa was selected for the Joffrey Ballet’s Winning Works choreographic residency and the USC Kaufman New Movement Residency. Marissa is currently full-time faculty in Dance at Santa Monica College. 
Learn more about Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal here.

Catherine Russell
Saturday, FEB 22, 2020

As a violinist, composer, artistic director, educator and scholar, Dr. Lesa Terry is at the vanguard of contemporary musical interpretation and an artist whose creative genius consistently brings distinctive innovation to musical performance. Lesa’s accomplishments include membership with the Atlanta and Nashville Symphony Orchestras, as well as performances, lectures, clinics and master classes with the Uptown String Quartet, the Max Roach Double Quartet and as a professor of jazz history at Santa Monica College in California.  Ms. Terry serves as the founder and musical director for the Women’s Jazz Orchestra of Los Angeles, presenting performances for the World Festival of Sacred Music, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, John Anson Ford Amphitheater and the Summer Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
Learn more about Catherine Russell here.
Colburn Orchestra with Peter Oundjian
Saturday, FEB 29, 2020

For information on James Bergman see above description.
Learn more about Colburn Orchestra with Peter Oundjian here

At Home with Sir James Galway
Saturday, MAR 21, 2020

Brian Driscoll, born and raised in Ohio, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music composition from California Institute of the Arts, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in organ performance from UCLA. Dr. Driscoll began at Santa Monica College in 2008 and then joined the faculty fulltime in Fall 2014. In addition to teaching, he enjoys an eclectic musical life as a pianist, organist, choral conductor, accompanist, concert series presenter, arranger, and composer. Before his full-time appointment at SMC, he was the director of music at an Episcopal church where he led five choirs and managed a popular concert series. Dr. Driscoll serves as the president of the board of directors of Elemental Music, on the advisory board for Red Door Vineyard (for which he was a founder), and formerly on the board of the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Learn more about At Home with Sir James Galway here

Dee Dee Bridge Water
Saturday, APR 11, 2020

For information on Dr. Lesa Terry see above description.
Learn more about Dee Dee Bridge Water here

Lynn Harrell, cellist
Saturday, May 17, 2020

Elizabeth Stoyanovich has held significant posts as a Music Director, Associate and Assistant Conductor in the United States. With many years of teaching in public schools, colleges and arts magnet schools, Ms. Stoyanovich was honored to join the music faculty of Santa Monica College this summer. She is concurrently Director of Music and co-Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts at Palisades Charter High School.  She is an advocate for her husband, Patrick Stoyanovich, premiering his “Seven Last Words” at St. James Cathedral in Seattle and “He-Dog, The Oglala Sioux” in England at the University of London, Kingston College. Her formal education was at The University of Michigan with further studies at Academie des Americaines de Musique in Fontainbleau, France under Leonard Bernstein and as an Augustus-Thorndike Fellow at The Tanglewood Music Center. She was born in Wisconsin, has a home on Bainbridge Island, Washington and rents in Topanga Canyon, California.
Learn more about Lynn Harrell, cellist here