Faculty & Administration

With a maximum cohort size of 18, LEAP students enjoy the ongoing support of their group and an exceptionally high level of personal attention by the faculty and staff.  The program's director, founder,  and key administrators are all former professional dancers, and LEAP professors are highly qualified teachers of adult learners.

Program Associate Director, San Francisco Coordinator

Stephanie Miller

SM 2018.





Program Administrators

Annie Colbeck, Southern California Coordinator 

Margot de La Barre, New York Coordinator

Margot de La Barre






Shaunna Vella, LEAP Faculty Director
Claire Sheridan, Program Founder

Writing for the Liberal Arts:
Elizabeth Cowan (San Francisco)
Anne Hawthorne (Los Angeles)
Michael Flanagan (New York)

Personal and Professional Assessment:
Kimmy Johnson (San Francisco)
Miri Hunter (Los Angeles)
Kathy Hairston (New York)

Seminar: Western Tradition:
Grete Stenersen (San Francisco)
Erik Rangno (Los Angeles)
Christian De Matteo (New York)

Seminar: The Global Conversation of the 20th/21st Centuries
Grete Stenerson (San Francisco)
Sandie Richards (Los Angeles)
Christian De Matteo (New York)

Angel Roque  (San Francisco)
Alex Stewart  (Los Angeles)

TRS (Wealth, Poverty, and Economic Justice):
Peter Ajer (San Francisco)
Susana de Sola Funsten  (Los Angeles)

Dance History:
Ryan Donovan (New York)
Jill Nunes-Jensen (Los Angeles)
Carrie Gaiser Casey  (San Francisco)


Art and Practice of Math:
Jim Iler (San Francisco)
Rosemary Farley (New York)

Principles of Performance:
Frank Murray (San Francisco)
Jamison Jones (Los Angeles)
Gary Ramsey (New York)

Music in Performance:
Lino Rivera (San Francisco)
Michael Arshagouni (Los Angeles)
Christopher Davis (Las Vegas)
Jeanne Golan (New York)


Photo Credit, below: Andrew Veyette by Paul Kolnick