Board overflow bios

Jennifer Backhaus is the Founder and Artistic Director of Backhausdance, Orange County’s award winning contemporary dance company. Jennifer was included in OC Metro’s 40 Under 40 in 2009 and was recently honored by Chapman University, where she is a faculty member of the dance department, as Alumni of the Year for her success with Backhausdance. As a choreographer, Jennifer’s works have been commissioned and produced by the Los Angeles Ballet, Orange County Regional Ballet, the McCallum Theatre, Orange County Performing Arts Center, more..

Jeremy is a life-long resident of Orange County, Ca. and holds a B.A. in Film Production from the California State University of Long Beach. In addition to his role as Executive Director of Backhausdance, Jeremy is the owner and lead artist of the lauded and successful Screaming Death Monkey vfx studio which provides cutting-edge computer generated visual effects to the motion picture and television industries. His credits span 12 years and include numerous films and tv shows such Star Trek, X-Files, Pushing Daisies along with the recent films 300, Street Kingsmore...

Kim began her ballet training in Torrance, Calif. with Diane Lauridsen where she danced leading roles in original works by Charles Maple, Jon Crisafori and Terri Lewis. Later, while earning her B.A. in Dance from California State University, Long Beach, Ms. Olmos continued her dance training by studying with Gloria Newman, Gus Solomon and Rebecca Wright.

Ms. Olmos spent five seasons as a company member with the former Ballet Pacifica, where she performed in ballets by Peter Pucci, Ann Marie De Angelo, Choo-San Goh, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Molly Lynch. more...

Tim graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biopsychology from Tufts University and went on to work as a finisher in a boat factory, a substitute teacher in a junior high school, a dolphin trainer and assistant curator in an aquarium, and graduated from George Washington University Law School. He practiced law in California, took dance classes for 14 years, took photo classes at Orange Coast College and finally has shot dance photos for the last 20 years for such clients as Chapman University, Santa Ana College, CSULB, Mt. San Antonio College, Backhausdance, Celebrate Dance, John Pennington, Pennington Dance Group, Sarah Swenson, Vox Dance Theater, Djanbazian Dance Co., Jacob "Kujo" Lyons, Lux Aeterna and numerous dance schools. Mr. Agler received a Lester Horton Award For "Furthering the Visibility of Dance" in 2007. Tim Agler Photography

Tobi Becerra received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance & Theatre from Chapman University in Orange, CA, where she graduated Cum Laude, received awards for choreography and the Fannie Kalis Award, given to a graduating senior for outstanding contributions in dance. In addition, she trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York. In addition to serving as Managing Director of Backausdance from 2008-2010, Tobi worked at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in the education and community programs department, managing a variety of programs including ArtsConnect, an arts integration program led by Mitchell Korn, the world’s leading innovator in arts education. She currently works at Chapman University as the Special Project Coordinator in the advancement department. Tobi is an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance, sits on the board of directors for Cloud Nine Yoga and is the Co-Director of the yoga teacher training program. Tobi is happy to serve as the periodic Production Manager for Backhausdance.
Ben is a designer for dance and theatre whose work has been seen throughout the United States, Spain, and Japan. For Backhausdance, Ben's work includes Shift (Lighting and Scenic Design), 00:13:20:21 (Lighting and Sound Design), Arrive (Lighting Design), and The Woeful Maladies of Ennui Manor (Lighting and Scenic Design). In addition to his collaborations with Backhausdance, Ben has been an Artist-in-Residence and Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Riverside for the past ten years. As the Director of Production and Operations for The Wooden Floor (previously known as Saint Joseph Ballet), Ben has created over 25 designs for noted choreographers including Melanie Rios Glaser, Donald McKayle, Mark Haim, Sally Silvers, Nami Yamamoto, and Beth Burns, among others. Ben's Gallery

Rhonda has enjoyed ten years of exciting creative collaboration with Ms. Backhaus. Ms. Earick received the 2004 Lester Horton Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for Backhausdance’s Sitting on January and was nominated again for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design in 2006 for La Jupe. She has also designed costumes for Backhausdance's Love and Other Impossibilities, 13:21:20, Shift, The Woeful Maladies of Ennui Manor, eXit and Incandescent. Ms. Earick brings with her many years of experience as a designer and textile artist for theatre and film. As a textile artist, she has contributed to many major feature films; most recently, Thor, Iron Man II, The Soloist, Clover- field, and Rise of the Silver Surfer. Rhonda is currently a Textile Artist for the Motion Picture Film Industry and holds a staff position at Cal State University, Fullerton’s Costume Department. She has been a member of The Motion Picture Costumers Union, Local 705, since 19

Tom Durante is the Managing Member and President of The Lux Productions located in Sonoma CA. “The Lux” is one of California’s premier event design companies with clients located across the United States. Tom holds a Bachelor Degree from Chapman University and a Master's Degree from California State University in Fullerton. Before starting The Lux in 2001, he worked for many theatrical and event companies in California. He enjoyed his time at the Walt Disney Company, Knott’s Berry Farm and Brite Ideas Lighting, learning both the artistic and business sides of the entertainment/hospitality industry.
Some of Tom’s favorite projects throughout the year include: Production Manager for the Jimmy V Wine Celebration in Napa CA, Event Coordinator for EAA’s Gathering of Eagles in Oshkosh WI, working with all the wineries in Napa and Sonoma on various hospitality events, and designing all the productions at his old high school in Napa (it's good to be home!)

Erik Leckrone, percussionist, has performed with a wide variety of ensembles and projects throughout the United States including the Sinfonietta Orchestra of Chicago, the Long Beach Symphony, the Elgin Symphony, the Torrance Symphony, Disney records A World of Happiness with artists Issac Hayes, Lisa Loeb, and Beborah Harry, A Lou Rawls Christmas, and the soundtrack for the movie The Grudge. He has performed for national tours with the California Theatre Company, The Madison Repertory Theatre Company, and the Northernlight Theatre Company of Chicago, IL. Originally from Middleton, WI, he received he Bachelor's degree in Percussion Performance from Northern Illinois University and his Master's degree in Percussion Performance from California State University, Long Beach. As an educator, Erik has been involved for several years with "Meet the Musicians," a performance outreach program for elementary schools throughout Orange County. Along with freelancing in the Los Angeles area, Erik is currently percussion instructor at Fullerton College and staff accompanist for the dance programs at Chapman University and the University of California at Irvine.

Matthew received his B.A. in Theatre from UC Riverside and his MFA in Stage Management from UC Irvine. He has worked all over the Inland Empire, Los Angeles, and Orange County as both a performer and stage manager with companies like Bunim-Murray Produc- tions, The Actors' Fund, OCHSA, Opera Pacific, and Rose Center Theatre. Matthew's past projects include Twelfth Night, Take Me Out, Escape From Happiness, The Women and Proof (to name a few).

Educated at Yale University and the Eastman School of Music, Alan Terricciano is the Acting Dean of the University of California, Irvine. A Professor of Dance, Alan served as chair of the Dance Department from 2001 to 2008. From the spring of 2002 until the fall of 2005 he also served as the co-chair of the music depart- ment, directing the general curriculum and all instrumental activities. For the past 25 years Mr. Terricciano has been profes- sionally active as both a composer for choreography, and as a pianist with a particular focus on choreographic collaboration. Mr. Terricciano has received numerous commissions and awards. He was recently named Orange County’s 2005 Outstanding Individual Artist of the Year by the Arts Orange County organiza- tion. He is also the 2006-07 recipient of UCI’s Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Service. In 2000, He won the Grand Prize in Quebec’s Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur international competition for original composition for choreogra- phy with his work Blue Motions for String Quartet. More recently, Professor Terricciano’s score for orchestra and voice, Masque, an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Masque of the Red Death,’ was developed into a theatrical work with the dance department in collaboration with Donald McKayle, Lisa Naugle, Michel Gervais and John Crawford. In the recent past, Alan has received several significant commissions. In June of 2005 he composed and performed the sound score for an evening length installation at the Japan America Theater for the company, Loretta Livingston and Dancers. In April of 2005, he completed a commission for the Ballet company of the Amsterdam TheaterSchule to choreogra- phy by Douglas Becker. In October, 2003, the Orange Coast Symphony commissioned and premiered the Concerto for Clarinet and Strings. In November, 2002, Canciones de Fray Serra, for orchestra, premiered with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra (Illinois). Another large-scale work, Night Cafe (after Vincent), a commission from the Yale Concert Band, premiered in November of 1998. His first orchestral score, A Tale of the Spider, for narrator and orchestra, was performed by the Minnesota Orchestra in November of 1994, and by the Elmhurst Symphony in March of 1996.
The Robin Cox Ensemble has held over 130 performances, released two critically acclaimed CD recordings, and has been broadcasted on over eighty radio stations since its formation in 1999. In addition to Cox’s own music, this “post-classical” quintet of violin, cello, clarinet and percussion performs music by composers as diverse as John Luther Adams, Dan Becker, Michael Gordon, Steve Reich, Even Ziporyn and incorporates amplification, electronic sound and video in creating unique concerts. Recent collaborations have included concerts with Pamela Z, Todd Reynolds, Amy X Neuburg, Eve Beglarian, Scott Deal and Brad Dutz in cities across the United States. RCE also frequently performs in non-traditional venues and has brought to the stage more than thirty collaborations involving video artists, dance companies and playwrights. Honors include a 2003 nomination by the Los Angeles Weekly as “Outstanding Classical Ensemble/Artist” and the 2002 and 2003 Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Music of Modern Dance. Members of the ensemble have a history of dedication to contemporary music, with affiliations including the California Ear Unit, the Eclipse Quartet and Los Angeles Percussion Collective. 

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