Dance Faculty

Program Director

Erin Foreman-Murray Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Performing Arts

Erin Foreman-Murray is a contemporary dance artist who focuses her creative research on improvisational performance practices. Her choreographic work has been presented by New Faces New Dances (Salzbu

  efm@american.edu

  (202) 885-3942

Faculty

Kristopher Pourzal Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal is a choreographer, performer, educator and dramaturgical consultant. His performance work has been supported and/or presented by numerous NYC venues, including Brooklyn Arts E

  kpourzal@american.edu

Britta Peterson Professorial Lecturer CAS - Performing Arts

Britta Joy Peterson is an award winning choreographer, collaborator and educator. Raised in the midwest, creatively pressure-cooked by the southwest, re-centered in community by the pacific northwest,

  bjp@american.edu

  (202) 885-1432

Gabriel Mata Adjunct Professorial Lect

Gabriel Mata (pronounced: gah-bryehl mah-tah) is a Mexican U.S. American dance choreographer, educator, dance film maker, and performer. He also navigates the world as queer, Latinx, immigrant, and as

  gmata@american.edu

Sarah Beth Oppenheim Adjunct Professorial Lect

Sarah Beth Oppenheim hails from the Wild, Wild West where she could never cut on the dotted black line, so she read Steinbeck and became a modern dancer instead. She earned her BFA at SUNY Purchase an

  soppenhe@american.edu

Marcia Howard Adjunct Instructor CAS - Performing Arts

Marcia Howard has been assistant director and performing company member with Coyaba Dance Theater since 1997, under the direction of Sylvia Soumah. She is also the education coordinator of Coyaba Acad

  mhoward@american.edu

Irina Wunder Adjunct Instructor

Irina Wunder, an ethnic Russian, received her classical dance training in Turkmenistan, then a republic of the former Soviet Union. She performed with the Republic's State Theater of Opera and Bal

  wunder@american.edu

Alice Wylie-Schmemann Adjunct Instructor

Born in Washington DC, Alice began her dance training with Jane Bittner and trained extensively with several other renowned teachers including Dawei Zhang, Suzanne Farrell, Patricia McBride, Jean-Pier

  wylie@american.edu

Heather Doyle Adjunct Instructor

Heather Doyle (she/her) is a dance artist based in the DMV, with roots in the southern Appalachians. She has performed locally with artists including Erica Rebollar/RebollarDance, Katie SopociDrake/Sp

  hdoyle@american.edu