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Karen Kaufmann

Master's Degree in Dance Education from Antioch University



Karen serves as the Director of The Creative Pulse and is a professor in the Dance Program at The University of Montana. She received her Master's Degree in Dance Education from Antioch University. Karen's primary interests involve the uses of dance in education. She authored Inclusive Creative Movement and Dance – a textbook for classroom teachers on teaching dance in the classroom. She serves as the artistic director of The CoMotion Dance Project--a dance company that tours interdisciplinary performances for K-8 schools. Her most recent choreographed work, Fire Speaks the Land: An Active Audiences Dance Performance, uses dance to teach about fire science, ecology and forest regeneration. Her choreography has been performed in Saratoga Springs, New York, for the National Dance Associations, Dance Pedagogy for the 21st Century Conference.  In 2011 she was presented the National Dance Association’s, Artist/Scholar Award.  In 2008 she started MoDE (Montana's Model Dance Education Project) which supports long-term dance residencies in western Montana schools. This grant-funded program uses bodily-kinesthetic teaching across the curriculum. During the academic year, Professor Kaufmann teaches these undergraduate courses: Dance in Elementary Education, Teaching Movement in the Schools, Dance as a Healing Art and Junior/Senior Seminar. She has been a core faculty member of The Creative Pulse for many years.



Dr. Hipolito Rafael Chacón

 M.A. and Ph.D. University of Chicago


Dr. Chacón teaches courses on: African Art, American Art, Ancient American Art, Critical Theories, European Art of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Latin American Art, Renaissance Art and Theory, Art and War, Art and Insanity, and Spanish Art. His current academic interests lie in American architectural history and historic preservation. He has recently completed a book on the life and work of Montana architect A.J. Gibson.



Dr. Jillian Campana

B.F.A. Theatre / The California Institute of the Arts  
M.A. Performance Studies / New York University
  Ph.D. / Theatrical Pedagogy for Social Justice / The University of Montana


Dr. Jillian Campana has lived and worked in theatre communities in the Middle East, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Scandinavia, and the U.S. Much of her work has been in the area of rehabilitation, and she has developed several projects focusing on drama as a tool in the recovery process of brain surgery survivors, former sex workers and street children. She has been honored at the John. F. Kennedy Center for her directing, and is committed to the use of Theatre as a force for Social Change. Jillian studied and worked with Augusto Boal for several years and uses Theatre of the Oppressed alongside physical theatre techniques to develop new work.  She recently spent four years living and working in India and developing a new theatre company, Studio Three Theatre, dedicated to cross-cultural art works. Jillian is the Head of the Acting and Directing programs and degrees for the School of Theatre at UM.



Dr. Lori Gray

M.A.T. Trinity University / D.M.A. Arizona State University


Dr. Lori Gray is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at The University of Montana. She teaches elementary and secondary music methods courses for undergraduate music education majors and non-majors, and graduate courses in music education. Lori holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She taught in public and private schools for six years as an elementary and middle school general music specialist in San Antonio and Dallas. Lori's research interests include music teacher identity, reflection, professional development, mentoring, and the preparation of future music teachers.