BK Dawson

BK Dawson

BK Dawson is an award-winning, 2021 MFA Acting graduate from CalArts with additional accolades in voiceover, screenwriting, sound engineering, teaching, and solo performance. Recently, BK has created his own production company, "The Delicious Ambitious", and starred in the SCREENSHOTS series, August Wilson's Two Trains Running, and Sophocles' Oedipus. Other iconic roles such as The Scarecrow (The Wiz), Puck (A Midsummer Nights Dream), Audrey II (The Little Shop of Horrors), Lear (King Lear), and even childhood favorites such as Charlie Brown (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown). In 2016, BK Dawson brought George Orwell's Winston Smith to life in the first-ever performance of Michael Gene Sullivan's adaptation of 1984, with "absolute charm and vulnerability".

Based in Los Angeles, BK continues to create and pioneer the new wave of diverse talent alongside his fellow 2021 cohort. He loves dogs, cartoons, dad jokes, and laughter.

Brittney Brady

Brittney Brady

Brittney Brady is a theatre artist from the humid Gulf Coast of Florida. In 2012, she co-founded Ghostbird Theatre Company, an ensemble of artists dedicated to producing new and site-inspired performances. Since moving to the desert of California, she has received her MFA in Directing from CalArts. Her work has been seen at the Walt Disney Modular Theatre and REDCAT.

She is currently working on a series of international performance/installation projects, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Beginning in her hometown of southwest Florida, One Island travels along the International Appalachian Trail, an ancient mountain range that runs through North America, crosses the Atlantic to England and Ireland, and then terminates in Northern Africa. With a steady awareness of deep time, the work walks in circles, crosses borders, falls over itself, backtracks, seeking to unearth what the landscape may be able to tell us about our histories and our future at this moment.  

Eve LaFountain

Eve LaFountain

Eve LaFountain (she/her) is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She earned a BA from Hampshire College in 2008, and a dual MFA from CalArts in Film & Video and Photography & Media in 2014. She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she learned how to ride a horse instead of a bike. Her art practice investigates her mixed Indigenous and Jewish heritages, feminisms, mysticisms, and ghosts through lens based media and installations. She has received fellowships from Sundance New Frontier Lab, Tribeca Institute, and Flaherty Film Seminar. Her work has been shown across the US and internationally in several film festivals including Images, ImagineNATIVE, Crossroads, Camden International, and the Smithsonian Museum American Indian Film Festival. Her first solo museum exhibition was mounted in 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, and she has also exhibited work at The Autry Museum, The Walker Art Center, The Venice Biennale, Los Angeles Filmforum, and more. She teaches alternative photographic processes at CalArts, Experimental Filmmaking at Otis College of Art and Design, and curates screenings and teaches hand processing classes at the Echo Park Film Center. When she's not at CalArts, you can usually find her in her garden with her large black cat, on a yoga mat, or in a darkroom.

Kevin Whitmire

Kevin Whitmire

Performance Art is the ever present ticking of the heart that cannot be expressed in words. All realms of Kevin’s art encompasses an evolutional language where breath steers the human form. This Pennsylvania native has a passion for physical theater and the surrounding calls of his environment. He has trained in a wide variety of physical techniques. His pallet of movement fluctuates in and out of contact improvisation, aerial dance, trapeze, corporeal mime, Skinner Releasing, and abstract body flux.  In all his creations, there is zero limitation when it comes to the body and its capabilities of storytelling. He holds an MFA from CalArts and aspires to one day outrun an ostrich in a 100 yard dash.

Miranda Hoffs

Miranda Hoffs

Miranda received her BA in Art and Art History from Vanderbilt University in 2010 and her MFA in Art at CalArts in 2014. Some of the themes that run through her visual art practice include food and the body, female gender identity, and the politics of the domestic space. In her work, she explores the world of radical hospitality through social practice, installation, performance and video. Miranda maintains her own private catering company, and she teaches design for the California State Summer School of the Arts each summer. In her free time, you’ll often find her in the kitchen making exorbitant amounts of food, exploring the beaches of Mexico, or taking countless selfies with her perfect dog, Elfie.

Patrick Schmid

Rose Andersen

Rose Andersen

Rose Andersen is a writer, academic and currently working towards an MA in Clinical Psychology. Her debut memoir, The Heart and Other Monsters, about the life and death of her younger sister, is now available from Bloomsbury. She received BA in LIberal Arts at Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA in Creative Writing (18’) at California Institute of the Arts where she was awarded the CalArts Emi Kuriyama Thesis Prize. She is published in The Cut, Glamour, The California Sunday, Lit Hub, and Crime Reads among others.

Sarah Melnick née Van Sciver

Sarah Melnick née Van Sciver

Sarah Melnick née Van Sciver is the Admissions Counselor for the Herb Alpert School of Music for CalArts. She also runs her own music business to compose, arrange, and conduct scores, songs, and sound for film/TV, theatre, dance, concert, and studio productions. She records, mixes, masters, and produces music, audio, and video. A vocalist, pianist, harpist, and ukulele player, Sarah lectures on arts-based business as well as music and theater engineering, performance, and composition. An ensemble and solo music and theater teacher, she also mentors creative professionals to build skills to not only make art, but also a living. At CalArts, Sarah has also worked as a CAP (Community Arts Partnership) instructor, Herb Alpert School of Music TA and instructor, and the Assistant Director for Alumni & Family Engagement.

Prior to joining CalArts, Sarah worked with a myriad of arts, culture, and education organizations including the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Studio Crash, Third Story Recording, Cedar Street Studios, Philadelphia Theater Company, Stimulus Children’s Theater, and Sholem. Sarah received her Performer-Composer M.F.A. from CalArts as well as a B.A. in Music from the University of Pennsylvania and a Professional Certificate in General Music Studies from the Berklee College of Music. www.sarahvansciver.com

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