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Paul Loper  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Education:

  • Ph.D. Learning and Change in Human Systems, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2004
  • M.A. Organizational Development and Transformation, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1999

Professional Experience:

  • Actor - (September 2010 - Present)
  • Educator, facilitator, consultant, artist - -- (1996 - Present)
    Paul has been associated with the Master of Arts in Leadership program since its first cohort, and has been a Weaver since 2004. Additionally, he is a T-group facilitator for the Interpersonal Dynamics and Leadership course at Stanford University, and has taught or presented at 12 other colleges and universities. ~~In 1996 Paul created Chormmunity, a group inquiry-expression-design-learning process, and has since conducted it in holistic health, education, arts, research, community, business, and activist settings in the US, Canada, and Europe. ~~He heads the "Body" arm of Have More Fun, a creative organizational consultancy (www.havemorefun.org), and for three years was a designer/facilitator with the Consulting arm of Dreamfish, a social network for collaboration, facilitation, and sustainability (www.dreamfish.com).

Other Experience:

  • Dancer, choreographer, dance teacher - -- (1975 - 1995)
    Paul's work in Culture Creation evolves from two decades of dancing, choreographing, and teaching dance. He danced with Twyla Tharp, ISO (formerly Momix), Michael Moschen, the American Dancemachine, Philippe Decouffle, the Pet Shop Boys and Grace Jones. ~~An award-winning choreographer, he has created nearly 50 works, ranging from performance art and concert dance to videos and variety shows. Paul was assistant to Broadway director-choreographers Ron Field and Lynn Taylor-Corbett. ~~Grounded in the Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis System, he has taught modern and jazz technique, contact improv, repatterning movement fundamentals, theatredance, and composition throughout the States, Europe, Scandinavia, and Israel. He was awarded le Diplome d'Etat, France's national dance teaching diploma.

Presentations:

Selected Presentations

  • Notice More, Change Less. Loper, Paul, Scorah, Kay and Myers, Denzil (other-day-long pre-conference)
    the 8th annual Applied Improv Network conference, Portland, OR
    Games and activities based in improvisation, deepening the participants' connections to their "personal" selves with their "professional" selves. Key theme of "accepting offers."
    (November 2009)
  • Empoeming: Words↔Action and Personal Growth↔Cultural Evolution. Loper, Paul and Moore, Antoine (other-workshop)
    the 4th Performing the World conference, New York City
    Explored the dialectic between personal growth and cultural evolution through weaving writing, Authentic Movement, and Theatre of the Oppressed-based expressing and creating. Coalesced words/phrases and performed poetry from and through the meanings/feelings we experienced in envisioning and enacting new realties, realities that are collaboratively constructed with the vision of other creative enactors.
    (October 2008)
  • Chormmunity. Loper, Paul (invited)
    Emerging Approaches to Inquiry 11: Ways of Knowing and Forms of Representation
    Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice, University of Bath School of Management, at Hawkwood College, Stroud, UK
    (2006)

performative inquiry

  • Out/Rage. Loper, Paul and seven other men, ,
    A collaborative, multicultural group of gay and bisexual men that explored issues of racism in the queer male community through creative arts and theatrical modalities. Created exercises to help group members explore their own personal histories in order to create material for the stage. Participated in a series of public performances and co-hosted post-production discussion fora to explore issues of racism in the queer community.
    (2004)

Publications:

  • Loper, Paul. 2011. Co-operative Inquiry with a Chormmunity Flair: Reflections on a Movementcentric Inquiry Project, in preparation
  • Loper, Paul. 2006. Chormmunity in Ireland: Dance as community-building and research into identity
  • Loper, Paul. 2000. Chormmunity: Co-creating embodied community, Challenges of practice: Transformative learning in action, the Proceedings of the Third International Conference On Transformative Learning, the Center for Adult Education, Teachers College, Columbia University , pg.(pp. 181-184)
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Mailing Address

Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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