Meet our Teaching Artists
At Branson, our arts faculty also bring the arts world to you. Throughout each year, we invite professional guest artists and alumni artists to campus (or, during Covid, on Zoom) to share their expertise with Branson students. Some visits last a few hours; others are deeper collaborations over several weeks. Each one offers students a chance to broaden your perspective, deepen your learning, and practice new skills.
“Being able to learn and work with an accomplished member of the dance community was such an honor, and her connections to Branson made the experience all the more special.
maya king '20
Rhana “Azalea” Menefee ’17 returned to Branson to teach a duet she co-choreographed her senior year with Allison Benguiat ’18.
Internationally renowned visual artist Zheng Chongbin P'19 just wrapped up his month-long residency working with juniors in Eric Oldmixon’s Advanced Visual Arts class. Chongbin is an internationally renowned, Marin County–based artist whose career has spanned three decades.
Visiting Artist Kirsten Giroux joined the Advanced Acting class to work on scenes from Twelfth Night.
James Tucker, owner and operator of The Aesthetic Union, a letterpress print shop in San Francisco, visited Advanced Visual Arts elective “Taking A Stand: Messaging the Masses,” as a part of the class’ ongoing exploration of art as a vehicle for social progress.
Texas-based printmaker Ben Muñoz joined Advanced Visual Arts for three class periods to share his work and inspire students to explore the themes that he addresses in his own work.
On September 11, Jermey J. Edmonson visited the Dance Performance and Dance II-IV classes. Following a discussion on Hip-Hop and social media, Edmonson shared his choreographic process and a dance dedicated to the LGBTQI community.
On Thursday, September 10, Ruth Olga Sherman visited Dance Performance to teach a virtual modern class.
On Friday, September 11, guest artist Abhisek Roy shared the history of Bhangra dance and music from Punjab, India with the Athletic Dance for Men II class.