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Department ofTheatre and Dance


Aldo Billingslea


Year Production Role Director Company
2019 Bastiano Cardinal Di Medeci Tony Taccone Playwright’s Festival – reading
2019 Red Velvet Ira Aldridge Bob Rumsby Jewel Theatre
2018 Black Odyssey Pa Slidin' Eric Ting California Shakespeare
2018 War of the Roses Exeter, Buckingham Eric Ting California Shakespeare
2018 Dry Powder Rick Hanold Jennifer King Aurora Theatre
2018 Winter’s Tale Polixines Aaron Posner Folger Shakespeare
2017 Black Odyssey Pa Slidin' Eric Ting California Shakespeare


with David Popalisky on academic paper, “Futurismo: Linking Past and Present Through an Artistic Aesthetic,” Theatre Topics, Vol. 26, No. 3, November 2016
  - Presentation with David Popalisky, "Futurismo: Linking Past and Present Through an Artistic Aesthetic," Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 2014
  - Futurismo, a dance collaboration with David Popalisky for Images, Santa Clara University, February 2013

Stage Director:

City Lights Theater Company - Mothers and Sons 2019, In The Heights 2018, Calendar Girls 2016, Green Day's American Idiot 2016, M. Butterfly 2015, Monty Python's Spamalot 2014
Palo Alto Players - Million Dollar Quartet, September 2017

Lead Actor:

Antonio, The Merchant of Venice, Spring 2018 and Serge, Art for City Lights Theater Company, Fall 2014
Dr. Astrov, Uncle Vanya for Pear Ave Theatre, Feb/Mar 2016


Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Conference 2017: "Diversity in Casting"
Theatre Bay Area Annual Conference: “Director and Designer Communication" 2016 and “Backstage Human Resources: The Director as HR Rep” 2015


with Professor Popalisky “Performing Our Environment,” Winter 2016 - Recipients of National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant


International University Global Theatre Experience Conference "We Are The Futurists," Styria Austria, December 2015


Truce: A Christmas Wish From The Great War with Kit Wilder, City Lights Theater Company, Winter 2015

New International Performing Arts Institute Workshop: Movement for Directors, Summer 2019, Berlin, Germany

Recruiting trip to Chicago (2018)
Developed learning resource video for Ballet I (2019)
Developed a new course for the department: DANC 38/138 Movement for Athletes



In 2014 Derek won the inaugural Theater Bay Area Outstanding Lighting Design award for In the Heights at Broadway-by-the-Bay. He has won several awards and honors including 5 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design on such shows as Sunday in the Park with George, Execution of Justice, Judevine, Stardust, and Woody Guthrie's American Song. He has received numerous Drama-Logue Critics awards for his lighting designs.

Recent Professional Work – Lighting design for:

 Lauda Adriana, World Premiere, Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre, San Francisco.

 A Spoonful Of Sherman, U.S. Premiere, The People in the Picture, West Coast Premiere, 3Below Theatre, San Jose.

 CATS, Sister Act, Peter and the Starcatcher, Chicago, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Carmel.

 Hair, Little Women the Musical, Of Mice and Men, and The Drowsy Chaperone, Western Stage, Salinas.

 Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Fantasticks, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, MPC Theatre Company, Monterey.

Creative highlights


A Day with Benton, screenplay by Barbara Means Fraser, produced by Michael Whalen, directed by Michael Whalen and Barbara Means Fraser. 2019.

Can’t Thread a Moving Needle, screenplay by Barbara Means Fraser, produced by Michael Whalen, directed by Michael Whalen and Barbara Means Fraser. 2015.
Platinum REMI Award from Houston International Film Festival for Women’s Issues.
(Grant through Avon Foundation for Women)


Stay With Me Awhile, by Mary E. Johnson and Barbara Means Fraser, directed by Barbara Means Fraser, Rochester Civic Theatre, Rochester, MN, 2018. (Grant through Seasons Home Hospice of Rochester)

Can’t Thread a Moving Needle, Barbara Means Fraser, ©2008, Premiere at Mayer Theatre, October 1-2, 2008, Directed by Maren Lovgren in association with Student Life at Santa Clara University. Staged reading at Fess Parker Studio Theatre, May 22, 2008, Directed by Maren Lovgren, in association with Playwright’s Workshop at Santa Clara University and a grant from the Department of Justice.   
Additional performances at Mayer Theatre: October 2009, Directed by Maren Lovgren; October 2010, Directed by Kandace Arens; October 2011, Directed by Christine Keating; October 2012, Directed by Courtney Mohler. Menlo School: August 2012, Directed by Mary Hill. Notre Dame de Namur: August 2011, August 2012, August 2013, August 2014, Directed by Mary Hill. University of San Diego: May 2013, Directed by Meggie Zanger.

Breast Entanglements, Barbara Means Fraser, assisted by Erin Mahan, Sarah Grojean, Katie Craft, and Katie Carroll, ©2003.  Production by Serendipidy Productions in Austin, TX, October 27-November 11, 2006. World Premiere at City Lights Theatre of San Jose, CA, produced by Progressive Theatre Project and City Lights Theatre of San Jose, May 2005. Directed by Sarah Grojean. Staged Reading in the Black Swan Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in August 2003. Directed by Erin Mahan. Performance at Music and Dance Recital Hall at Santa Clara University in May 2006, directed by Sarah Grojean, produced by Residential Learning Communities through a Department of Justice Grant. First workshop production in the Music and Dance Recital Hall at Santa Clara University in April 2003. Directed by Erin Mahan.

Family, a New Musical with play by Barbara Means Fraser, music by Tony Asaro and Lyrics by Tony Asaro and Barbara Means Fraser, ©1999. First production at the Fess Parker Studio Theatre at Santa Clara University Theatre in May 1999. Directed by Greg Fritsch. Second production by Ryan Repertory Theatre at the Henry Warren Theatre in New York in October-November 2000. Directed by Barbara Parisi. 
CD of Family.  Produced by Kevin Kelly, composer: Tony Asaro, lyricists: Tony Asaro and Barbara Means Fraser, ©1999.


Mary E. Johnson & Barbara Means Fraser, Stay with Me Awhile
Rochester Civic Theatre, Rochester, Minnesota. 2018 (Funded by a grant from Seasons Home Hospice)

Emily Mann, Execution of Justice
Mayer Theatre, Santa Clara University, 2008 (30th Anniversary of Milk and Moscone murders. Grants from SCU Law School)

Tim Robbins, Dead Man Walking, (Artistic Director)
With Co-Directors: Jenn BeVard and Claire Larsen
Fess Parker Studio Theatre, SCU 2005 (Special project with SCU Law School and Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education)

Moises Kauffman & Members of Tectonic Theater Project, The Laramie Project
Mayer Theatre, SCU 2003

Phillip Hayes Dean, Paul Robeson
Aldo Billingslea, AEA, featured as Paul Robeson
Plano Repertory Theatre, Dallas, TX 1999

Jonathan Tollins, Twilight of the Golds
Fess Parker Studio Theatre,  Santa Clara University 1998

Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
Tom Lasswell, AEA, featured as Willie Loman 
Ida Green Theatre, Austin College 1992

Dakota Theatre Caravan, Dakota Roads
Badlands Western Musical Co. 1983
(Co-Director with D. Scot Glasser)

Publication highlights

FRASER, Barbara M. “Hallie Flanagan and Cheryl Crawford: Women Pioneer Producers of 1930’s.” Women in American Musical Theatre, edited by Bud Coleman and Judith Sebesta, McFarland Press, May 2008.

FRASER, Barbara M.  “Sondheim’s Fosca: Distinctly American Romanticism,” FuJen Studies: Literature and Linguistics No. 30. 1997,  pp. 83-90.

FRASER, Barbara M., “Revisiting Greece: The Sondheim Chorus,” Stephen Sondheim: A Casebook edited by Joanne Gordon, New York: Garland Press, October 1997, pp. 223-249.

FRASER, Barbara M., “Performance Review of Heading South by Brian Thorstenson,” November 16, 1994., p. 296-297.

FRASER, Barbara M., “The Dream Shattered: America’s Seventies Musicals,” Journal of American Culture, Vol. 12, No. 3, Fall 1989, pp. 31-37.

Conference highlights

Presentation of scenes from Stay With Me Awhile
National Conference for Caregivers in Oncology.  San Diego, CA, November 2018

“Can’t Thread a Moving Needle: Stage to Film”
National JASPA Conference. San Francisco, CA, July 13, 2015

Execution of Justice Education Panels: 40th Anniversary Milk & Moscone Murders
Discussion Panels: I Partnered with SCU Law School & Center for Performing Arts
  Jim Hammer & Ellen Kreitzberg, November 9, 2008
  Gerald Ulhmann & Ellen Kreitzberg, November 12, 2008
Discussion Panel for GALA
  Director & Actors: Talk Back, November 13, 2008
  Presentation for Osher: November 9, 2008
Santa Clara, CA, November 2008

Dead Man Walking Education Panels:
Discussion Panels:  I partnered with SCU Law School with grants through Bannan Institute for Jesuit Education and SCU Law School. Ellen Kreitzberg moderated panels after every performance with discussion of death penalty. Sister Helen Prejean attended final performance, talk back reception.
Santa Clara, CA  February 2005

Conference on Feminine Spirituality in Opera, Theatre and Dance
“Sondheim’s Fosca: Distinctly American Romanticism
Taipei, Taiwan 1997

American Theatre in Higher Education National Convention
Panel Chair: Facing the Impact of AIDS
New York City 1989

Guest Artist-in-Residence: McNeese State University
  Public Critique of Nunsense
  Private Critique of Nunsense for cast and crew
  Lecture: “The Greek Chorus and the American Culture: Implications for production
Lake Charles, LA 1988 

National Popular Culture Convention                                  
“First Culture, Then Community, Finally Chorus: Sondheim and Greece
New Orleans, LA 1988

Kristin Kusanovich
Soloist with the Bill Stevens Jazz Trio, performing modern dance choreography and improvisation in tributes to Wayne Shorter (2018), Billy Strayhorn (2019) and Bud Powell/Chick Corea (2020).
Artistic Director Kusanovich Dance of SF, creating works for Grace Cathedral, Z-Space and SF Community Music Center through the Moving Arts Festival and SAFEhouse Arts WestWave Dance Festival (2015-2020).
Artistic Director Kusanovich Dance Theatre of Minneapolis (1990-2000) and Co-Director with Mark Larson of Theatre of Happiness of Minneapolis (1994-2000) and A Local Theatre (2016 to present).
Co-Author of book Ethnotheatre & Creative Methods for Teacher Leaders, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, with Dr. Jerome Cranston. This book looks at the socio-emotional toll of teacher leadership via a transdisciplinary arts-based research method and includes three original one-act plays.
Co-presenter of workshop on ethnotheatre at University Council of Educational Administration national conference on Learning to Lead Ethnodramatically: Embodying the Emotional Toll of School Leadership (2019)
Gave a TedX talk at Netflix in Los Gatos entitled Repetition as Rebellion (2018)
Performed with Magis Theatre in New York City in In Love with Thee: Sacred Poetry in Performance from the Jewish, Christian, and Sufi Muslim Traditions.” Performed at the Sheen Center’s series “The True, the Good, the Beautiful.”   (2018)
Produced, edited and performed in the official music video for Luka Bloom's Dear Gods from his album REFUGE (2018).
Director of Mission and Leadership for California Dance Education Association and Past-President of the state affiliate of National Dance Education Organization. (2014-present)
Advisor for National Honors Society for Dance Arts Collegiate Chapter at SCU and Visual and Performing Arts Education Fellows program at Sacred Heart Community Center through Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. (2018-present)
Manager of tUrn Climate Crisis Awareness and Action weeks at SCU- (every October and April) that draws over 2000 participants and 70 events together with the express intent of enlivening understanding, discourse and profound large-scale actions to reduce carbon emissions and help those most vulnerable to the devastation caused by human-caused global warming. (2019-present)
Co-Facilitator of the Ignatian Faculty Forum (2020-21)
Artistic Director of k2dance in San Jose, the only all modern technique school for children and teens that teaches technique, improvisation and choreography (2011-present).


2015:  Spamalot, Bellarmine College Prep w/ Director, Russ Marcel (SCU Alum)
           Lana's Dance Studio Adult program and annual recital
           Pulse Teacher Workshop, NYC
           Dance classes at Steps on Broadway
2016:  Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Bellarmine College Prep w/ Director, Peter Canavese (SCU Alum)
           Lana's Dance Studio Adult Program and annual recital
           NYC Immersion Trip with T&D Department-Show research
           Dance classes at Steps on Broadway
2017   Pippin, Bellarmine College Prep w/Director, Jeremy Lum
           Broadway Teachers Workshop, NYC
           Dance classes at Broadway Dance Center, NYC
           Lana's Dance Studio Adult program and annual recital
           Currently working on: Oklahoma! with San Jose Lyric Theatre
 Dialect Coaching (sample list):
  • The Yoga Play at SF Playhouse and Laguna Playhouse
  • Pride & Prejudice (World Premiere) at TheatreWorks
  • Cabaret at SF Playhouse
  • Outside Mullingar at TheatreWorks
  • Awake & Sing at SCU with Guest Director Scott Kaiser of Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • The Elephant Man at CityLights
  • Triangle (World Premiere) at TheatreWorks
  • Sweeney Todd at San Jose Stage Company
  • The House that Will Not Stand at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (World Premiere, Co-Production with Yale Repertory Theatre; Glickman Award Winner, 2015, Finalist TBA Awards – Overall Outstanding Production 2014)
  • The Threepenny Opera at San Jose Stage (TBA Award Winner – Outstanding Production 2014)
Directing (sample list):
  • The Wolves, CityLights Theatre, San Jose
  • *A Thousand Splendid Suns (A.C.T./Theatre Calgary)(*Asst. Director)
  • Legally Blonde, SCU Mayer Theatre
  • When the Rain Stops Falling, Dragon Theater Company, Redwood City
  • Venus in Fur, San Jose Stage Co.
  • In the Next Room (or, the vibrator play), CityLights Theatre, San Jose
  • The Other Place, Dragon Theater Co.
  • The Tempest, SCU Mayer Theatre
  • Footloose, West Valley Light Opera
  • In the Heights, SCU Mayer Theatre
Scholarship (sample lst):
  • Presentation Skills – Speaker’s Bureau, Northern California Innocence Project, November 2018
  • Voice & Storytelling Workshop – Northern California Innocence Project, Restorative Justice Retreat, August 2016
  • Coloring Outside the Lines – Dialect Workshop – ATHE Conference, Montreal, August 2015
  • Guest Lecture – Social Justice & the Arts (Brian Thorstenson), May 2015
  • A.C.T. Young Conservatory – Guest Lecture – Dialect, Mar 2015
  • Student Life Voice Workshop, February 2015
  • Ignatian Center – Western Conversations at Gonzaga University, October 2014

Costume Designer:

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, with a new adaptation by Lisa Tromovitch, for Livermore Shakespeare Festival. Performed at Wente Winery, Livermore, CA. July 2017

As You Like It by William Shakespeare, directed by Lisa Tromovitch, for Livermore Shakespeare Festival. Performed at Wente Winery, Livermore, CA. July 2015

The Music Man by Meredith Wilson for Lyric Theatre, performed at Montgomery Theatre, San Jose, CA. October 2016

Ulysses in Night Town by James Joyce for Muhllenberg College Department of Theatre and Dance, PA. May 2016

Over the Mountain by Brian Thorstenson. Brava Theatre, San Francisco, CA. 2009

Costume Designer for Summer Repertory Theatre (SRT) for 10 years including:

- Disney's Beauty and the Beast by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Alan Meken. Burbank Theatre, Santa Rosa, CA. 2005
- The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum with Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg. Burbank Auditorium, Santa Rosa, CA.  June-August, 2000


The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum with Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg. Lyric Theatre, performed at SJCC Theatre, San Jose, CA. October 2018

Oklahoma by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Lyric Theatre, performed at SJCC Theatre, San Jose, CA. October 2017

The Serenade by Victor Herbert. Lyric Theatre, performed at Montgomery Theatre, San Jose, CA. 2016




WALKING WITH WALT (group 10’) 2015, Wally Schnalle original score.
Pasadena Dance Festival, Lineage Performance Center, Pasadena CA, January 18, 2015; Vision Series, Cowell Theatre, San Francisco, CA, March 7, 2015; DUMBO Dance Festival, Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, October 9-10, 2015

THANK GOOD YOU BYE (group 13’) 2014, Zoe Keating, Dustin Wong, original video.
Images ’14, Santa Clara University, February 6-9, 2014

Presentation with Jeffrey Bracco: "Futurismo: Linking Past and Present Through an Artistic Aesthetic"
International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 2014

SCU Theatrical Production, 2013, Santa Clara University, May 10-18, 2013

FUTURISMO (group 14’) 2013, John Adams, Earl Scruggs, Zap Mama, F.T. Marinetti, created in collaboration with Jeffrey Bracco.
Images ’13, Santa Clara University, February 7-10, 2013

SWIMMING UPSTREAM (solo 3’) 2012, Phillip Glass
Beijing Community Theatre, Beijing, China, December 17, 2012

RETURN TO HJ JUNCTION (trio 10’) 2012, John Adams
Vision Series, Cowell Theatre, San Francisco, CA, March 16, 2012; Pasadena Dance Festival, Lineage Performance Center, Pasadena CA, April 20-21, 2012; DUMBO Dance Festival, John Ryan Theatre, Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 28-29, 2012; MUSICAL MAVERICKS SERIES, Santa Clara University, October 27, 2012

2015 SILICON VALLEY CREATES, Artist Laureate Award, Onstage $5000, recognizing sustained choreographic achievement

Performance Works:

Year Title Theatre  
2018 Wakefield 6 New Plays Writer, Actor, Co-director
2017 Fugue Detour Dance Writer
2017 Welcome to Claradise
Santa Clara University Writer
2017 Dearly Gathered
Old First Presbyterian Co-Created with Choreographers Rowena Richie, Christy Funsch & Chris Black
Writer, Performer
2015 Whether to Weather
EmSpace Dance Writer


Year Title Publication
2019 Trip No. 3 Burning House Press
2017 Walking Market Street Foglifter, Vol 2, Issue 1
2014 32 Via San Nicolo The Santa Clara Review
2014 The Road Is A Grey Tape Fourteen Hills
2014 Long Beach New American Writing
2014 Two from Blue Haikus
Peer-Reviewed Publications

“Dance,” “Performing Arts,” “Theatre,” and “Vocation.”  In The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Jesuits, edited by Thomas Worcester, S.J.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

“Bridging the Distance: Jesuit Performance Transposed to a Contemporary Key.”  Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America.  Ed. Anna Harwell Celenza and Anthony R. DelDonna.  Philadelphia: St. Joseph’s University Press, 2014.  191-206.

“The Necessity of Hrotsvit: Evangelizing Theatre.”  A Companion to Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (fl. 960).  Ed. Phyllis A. Brown and Stephen L. Wailes.  Leiden: Brill, 2012.  147-199.


Athens Institute for Education and Research Visual and Performing Arts Conferences: “Problematic Performances: Staging Race in US Jesuit Education” (2019); “‘Blinded by mere show’: Tartuffe in the Age of Trump” (2018); “Hecuba in Massachusetts: Classical Theatre and US Jesuit Education” (2017).

Comparative Drama Conferences: “‘The Red and the Black’: Performing Race in Jesuit Education” (2019); “A Play about Christ without Christ: Clay M. Greene’s 1901 Nazareth” (2018); “‘Behind Thucydides Stands Aristophanes’: Jesuit Performance in the United States” (2017).

American Society for Theatre Research Working Group on Sports, Physical Training, and Performance: “‘Athletics for Good’: Performance and Physical Fitness in US Jesuit Education” (2017).

Invited Lectures

Fordham University, New York: “‘Strutting and Fretting’ on the Seams: Jesuit Performance in the United States” (2016); “‘You are to be living actors in…the theatre of the world’: The Role and Significance of the Performing Arts in 19th- and 20th-Century Jesuit Education” (2017).

Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, New York: “The True, the Good, and the Beautiful: Calderón’s Two Dreams” (2016).

Professional Performances

Director of Judicium Salomonis (1702) by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and selected scenes from the Jesuit tragedy Zeno (17th c.) by Joseph Simons, SJ.  St. Mary’s Chapel, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA (2008).

Director of San Ignacio de Loyola (mid 18th c.), an opera by Domenico Zipoli, Martin Schmid, and anonymous composers of the Jesuit Mission in Paraguay.  Parco della Musica and the Church of Sant’Andrea al Quirinale, Rome, Italy (2006); Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT; College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA (2006); Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA; University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA (2007).