Tanya Kane-Parry

Tanya Kane-Parry - Professor/Director/Choreographer
College of Arts and Letters
Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
Office Location: MUS 239
Email: tkanepa@exchange.calstatela.edu

Background & Biography

BFA in Acting: Tisch School of the Arts/NYU (Circle-in-the-Square & the Experimental Theatre Wing); MFA in Directing: UMASS/Amherst

Professor: Acting, Voice for Actors & Dancers, Contemporary Dance, Viewpoints, Experimental Theatre & Performance. Joined the Department in 2001

Tanya directs and choreographs theatre, opera and dance and is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Opera del Espacio. Credits include Tosca Jumps!, a multimedia adaptation of Puccini’s opera (EdgeFest/LATC, Highways, Luckman Intimate); Supreme Being by Richard Foreman; Romeo and/y Juliet(a), a Spanglish Re-Mix with Quantum Theatre, and a touring production of Ubu Roi in Brazil. She has directed Carmen (Pacific Repertory Opera), The Coronation of Poppea (CSULA) and The Medium (CSULA), an extracted semi-staged productions of Don Giovanni and The Barber of Seville with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, the avant-garde multimedia opera The Wall: A Musical Misdeed, (CSULA) a semi-staged production of Phillip Glass’s Civil Wars with the LA Phil, La Traviata with Angels Vocal Art. and Savitri and River of Light with Festival Opera. At Long Beach Opera she choreographed The Man from Atlantis, The Clever One and Moscow, Cherry Town. At Los Angeles Opera she was the Assistant Director on Madama ButterflyThe Barber of Seville, CarmenThe Broken JugThe Dwarf and The Merry Widow. With Barcelona director, Joan Font, she was the Associate Director on The Barber of Seville (Houston Grand Opera Theatre, L’Opera National de Bordeaux, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Canadian Opera Company), L’Italiana in Algers (Houston Grand Opera) and Cinderella (LA Opera, Opera Omaha, Washington National Opera). With Opera del Espacio she directed/choreographed I’ve Fallen/Clap Off! at Highways Performance Space; The Way Of Water by Caridad Svich at Cal State LA, Bootleg Theatre, Cal Poly Pomona, Hollywood Fringe and South Coast Rep’s SCRamble; Meet Me @ Metro II and III Space: The Final Frontier presented at SOSE as part of the Company Creation Festival; Private in Public for the SoCal Dance Invitational Concert and the World Dance Alliance-Americas in Honolulu; Triple [Inter]sect dance concert at Highways Performance Space; multiple site-specific performances at the desert ruins at Llano del Rio, Downtown Art Walk, Brewery Art Walk, Echo Park Art Walk, The Series at the Standard and more. Recently she directed Norma at Skagit Opera and then spent 5 weeks in Japan studying with Masters in Butoh Dance with the support of the Aurora Foundation Challenge Grant. She then directed The News by Jacob TV with Long Beach Opera in June, and then the SoCal premiere of Adam Gorb’s ANYA 17 with Angels Vocal Art in July 2016.

Since 2001, Tanya has been a professor in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Cal State LA. After her initial years of setting up a comprehensive undergraduate acting program, Tanya then began teaching both in the dance program and in the MA in Theatre program. Now overseeing the newly revised MFA in TV, Film, Television/Performance Option program, Tanya is simultaneously training graduate students to teach in the undergraduate program. Her teaching includes: Acting, Voice, Viewpoints, Contemporary Dance, Experimental Performance and more.

During her Fall 2014 Sabbatical, Tanya travelled Europe visiting theatre and dance programs, seeing productions and meeting artists. She taught Viewpoints workshops at Atalaya-TNT in Sevilla, the Superior School of Dramatic Art of the Islas Baleares Viewpoints Workshop with students presented to the entire school (this link as well). And the University of Islas Baleares – Viewpoints Workshop and post-workshop Interview Posted Online

Recent Activities:

July 2016 - directed the Southern California premiere of composer Adam Gorb's work on survivors of sex trafficking, ANYA 17 presented by Angels Vocal Art.

 ANYA 17              Anya 17 - Natalia Aria

Reviews: http://peoplesworld.org/human-trafficking-and-sex-slavery-the-opera/ 

and http://www.pasadenanow.com/living/contemporary-opera-addresses-sex-trafficking/

Anya 17 - Viktor beating Anya         Anya 17 - Viktor vs. Gabriel

June 2016 - directed the multimedia opera The News by Dutch composer Jacob TV with Long Beach Opera, presented at the Broad Theatre. 

The News - Pom Poms        The News - McD's

The News - Exactly           










April/May 2016 - Butoh Dance study with Master Teachers in Japan funded by the Aurora Foundation Challenge Grant (2015/16 recipient)


March 2016 - directed Bellini's Norma at Pacific Northwest Opera (formerly Skagit Opera)

Norma Finale #1       Norma Finale #2

Norma Finale #3



March 2016 - Coordinator for the American College Dance Association Baja Regional Conference, hosted at Cal State LA, that included over 30 area dance programs, 4 Adjudicated Concerts, 3 Informal Concerts and over 450 attendees.

Conference Website  -  Conference Facebook page


Oct/Nov 2015 - Directed 2 one-act operas for Festival Opera in the Bay Area, Savitri by Holst and River of Light by Jack Perla.


Oct 2015 - Opera del Espacio dance/performane event at Highways Performance Space

Triple Intersect

Triple [Inter]sect is an inter-generational feminist examination of the tangible and abstract forces that jostle, push and ply the female body. Three divergent female voices (di)(con)verge in an evening of dance and performance from Opera del Espacio, Gayle Fekete and Mechanism Dance Theatre.

    Highways Performance Space





La Traviata with singers in the Angels Vocal Arts Summer Opera Intensive Professional Program, July 2015.


Workshop for the Directors Lab West on May 2015: 
Cal State LA, Music Courtyard
Let the Space Tell the Story: Creating Exciting Theatre In Non-Traditional Spaces
with Opera del Espacio’s Tanya Kane-Parry (DLW ‘03)
This workshop engaged Lab participants in exploring the multiple ways to conceive, explore and present Site-Specific live performance. Utilizing some of the primary vocabulary of Viewpoints to investigate outdoor spaces, then discovering how to interact with the locale, architecture and environment in relationship to text and story (Waiting for Godot).

History Department Colloquium, May 2015 - Tanya Kane-Parry 
“The Politics Of Outdoor Performances: Who Gets Access And Who Gets Ignored"  

The Office of the Provost is proud to recognize four additional Cal State L.A. faculty for their research related to sabbatical work. 

Provost’s Scholarship Symposia, Tuesday, May 12, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Madhu S. Mohanty (Economics): “Two Major Determinants of Happiness: A Case for Supplementing Traditional Schooling with Value Education”

Kate Sullivan (Anthropology): “Governing Ocean Space”

Joseph Prabhu (Philosophy): “Encounter of Religions in a Global Age: Beyond Fundamentalism and Relativism”

Tanya Kane Parry (Music, Theatre and Dance): “Bringing Performance to the People”


- Presentation of “Dare to Fail and Fail Big!”* at the CSU Symposium on University Teaching, "GRIT: Exploring perseverance, mindset and character in the classroom," at California State University, Los Angeles, March 2015.

- Video excerpts of prior productions

- Opera del Espacio and on Youtube

- recent publication: TCG online: Traveling & Working Abroad

Additionally, Tanya teaches Viewpoints workshops and presents at conferences nationally and internationally:

2014    Spain: University of Islas Balears, Palma, Mallorca - Viewpoints Workshop; Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatica de Ilas Balears - Viewpoints Workshop

                       Atalaya-TNT Sevilla - Viewpoints Workshop; University of Sevilla - Acting workshop.

2011    University Theatre Festival, Blumenau, Brazil: Viewpoints Workshop

            University of Uberlandia, Brazil: Viewpoints Workshop

            Ubu Roi, University of Blumenau, Brazil: co-directed and choreographed with Prof. Patricia de Borba

2010    University Theatre Festival, Blumenau, Brazil: Viewpoints Workshop

IX Congreso Ibero-Americana de Teatro Universitario (AIATU), Lima, Peru: Viewpoints Workshop & Panel Presenter

2009    ImprovFest, Los Angeles: Viewpoints Workshops for professional dancers and performers

2008    ImprovFest, Los Angeles: Viewpoints Workshops for professional dancers and performers

            Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, CSULA: Viewpoints workshop

2007    VI Congreso Ibero-Americana de Teatro Universitario (AIATU), Chihuahua, Mexico: Viewpoints Workshop for students from Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru,

Costa Rica and Mexico.

Roosevelt University, Chicago: Intensive Viewpoints course for MA Directing students in the Fast-Track Program.

Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv, Israel: Acting Workshop for singers in the Young Artist Program.

2006    University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Guest Artist: Viewpoints workshops

2004    Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Logan, Utah (Region VIII): Viewpoints workshops

Theatre Department, University of Chihuahua, Mexico. Guest Lecture

Rosana Gamson/Worldwide Dance Theatre Company (RG/WW): workshops to strengthen ensemble, introduce basic acting technique and vocal training for   upcoming bilingual production with Contradanza (Mexico City) based on Carlos Fuentes’ book Aura.

2003    Directors Lab West: Viewpoints workshop for professional directors and choreographers, Pasadena Playhouse.

2002    National University of Tucuman and La Baulera Cultural Center, Argentina: Viewpoints Workshops


American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)
Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME)
Association of Ibero-American University Theatres (AIATU)


  • Aurora Foundation Challenge Grant 2015/16
  • ATHE Innovative Teaching Award/KCACTF Region VIII, 2014
  • GSE Rotary Program to Mexico, March/April 2004
  • Partner of the Americas: Sponsored trip to attend Experimenta 5 Theatre Festival/Conference in Rosario and to conduct workshops with students of the National University of Tucuman and professional performers at La Baulera Cultural Center (Argentina), December 2002.
  • NEA/TCG Theatre Director Finalist, 2001
  • Certificate of Excellence in Teaching, awarded by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2000
  • Federick Loewe Fellowship, Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation, 1997 & 1998


  • Opera Ára ("Opera Now"), Guest Speaker on New Opera, Teatre Lliure, Barcelona, Nov, 2014
  • Directors Lab West, Guest Panelist, "Working Internationally" 2014
  • ATHE/ATME Panel Participant, “Atomic Dancing”; paper, video and live performance presentation, Aug. 2013
  • Directors Lab West, Alumni Committee, 2009.
  • Viewpoints Workshop Facilitator: Guest Artist Mary Overlie at the Directors Lab West, May 2005
  • Co-coordinator of Viewpoints Intensive at CSU Summer Arts with guests Mary Overlie, Anne Bogart, SITI company members and Nina Martin, June/July 2004.


  • BFA Acting NYU, Tisch School of the Arts: Circle-in-the-Square and the Experimental Theatre Wing
  • MFA Directing UMass/Amherst
  • The Viewpoints: Mary Overlie and Wendall Beavers (Experimental Theatre Wing/NYU)                               
  • American Mime Theater Company directed by Paul Curtis (Company Member 1991-1993) 
  • Dance & Movement: Modern, Postmodern, Contact Improvisation, Stage Combat, Martial Arts
  • Directing: Joseph Chaikin and Jean-Claude Van Italie/ The Living Theater: Judith Malina  
  • Commedia del Arte and Mask: Guy Friexe & Erhardt Steifel of the Theatre du Soliel           
  • Roy Hart Theatre/Experimental Vocal Technique: Richard Armstrong          
  • Tight Rope Walking: Philipe Petit/ Clown: Dale Scott/ Circus: Hoovey Burgess                     
  • Linklater Vocal Technique: Andrea Haring (Circle-in-the-Square)     
  • Stanislavsky, Boleslavsky and Hagen Acting Methodology: Alan Langdon (Circle-in-the-Square)

LANGUAGES: Fluent Spanish and French: conversational Portuguese and Russian

Comments on works directed by Ms. Kane-Parry:

 Space: The Final Frontier: “The cumulative effect of all this is that of an academic treatise straining to be enhanced by the kinetic power of design and dance. That goal is frequently met, thanks to the evocative quality of Kane-Parry's choreography, and the way the bodies collide and seem to roll through each other.”  - Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly

The Way of Water by Caridad Svich, adapted by Opera del Espacio: “In L.A.'s site-specific production of Caridad Svich'sThe Way of Water, Opera del Espacio is making the disaster tangible -- and implicating the audience in the event. You might even find yourself pouring an oil-like liquid onto the actors or helping to load company members into body bags by the end of the performance.” – Sarah Taylor Ellis, LA Weekly

Tosca Jumps!In this striking distillation by Tanya Kane-Parry of Puccini's operatic masterpiece, the music is abridged, the lyrics are lip-synched, and the performers borrow fascinating movement that seems to range from Chinese opera through contemporary street dance. Supertitles- a new opera convention -add typographic humor to the work and allow modern obscenities to replace pages of libretto.”  - Dany Margolies, Critic's Pick, Backstage West

Supreme Being “Text and images wash over you…meaning emerges from the show’s recombinant associations and repetitions” – Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times

Romeo and/y Juliet(a)Goes to extremes (with) undaunted vision” – Luis Reyes, LA Weekly

Romeo and/y Juliet(a)Director Tanya Kane-Parry abstracts the Bard’s scenario through diverse performance art tactics: gender-bending, outsized sound effects, anachronistic asides”  - David Nichols, Los Angeles Times

Romeo and/y Juliet(a)It is an exciting, individualistic approach… in the manner of a Cubist painting, with glimmering flashes of action and dialogue, with a bit of Dadaism thrown in. [Kane-Parry’s] tempos and rhythms are impeccable…The piece is full of insightful action and is fascinating from beginning to end.” – T.H. McCulloh, Back Stage West

Romeo and/y Juliet(a)Emphasizing dance and movement over dialogue, the piece — relayed in Spanglish — juxtaposes Shakespeare’s basic plot and fragments of his text with contemporary street speech and images. Performers cavort in and around trash cans while, now and then, someone appears in spiked, thigh-high patent leather boots/ erotic gambols/ recurrent slamming of bodies against walls.” – Deborah Klugman, LA Weekly

The CureJuxtaposes ordinary things in strange ways but invests them with a sense of utter familiarity” – Martin Washburn, The Village Voice

The CureUnderlying outrageousness beneath a surface of deliberate, restrained and controlled emotional truth and subtlety…mysterious…compelling” – Richard Foreman, Playwright/Director

Trojan WomenBallsy…you applaud the effrontery each time…can’t take your eyes off it for a minute…hardy souls are in for a treat” – Eric Grode, Backstage

Romeo and/y Juliet(a)Modern theatre seems old fashioned when compared to this production…To say this production is surreal is an understatement. It’s more of a fracprism, where the original is divided into dozens of pieces that seem to have been squeezed through a multi-layered prism, refracting a distant image of the original, but creating a whole new entity in the process… Here, director Tanya Kane-Parry is experimenting with a style that takes a lot of guts to even attempt, let alone pull it off. What emerges from her imagination is part dream, part nightmare, half–fantasy, half-wish, layered onto a tale that begins with hatred between two families and results in the ultimate end for the protagonists… [Kane-Parry] knocks your socks off with something wild and off-beat.”   – Jose Luis, ReviewPlays.com

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