Jean Isaacs, Artistic Director
Jean Isaacs is a critically acclaimed, award-winning choreographer whose work has been presented in Switzerland, Germany, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada and Poland, as well as on both coasts of the US. In 2002, the Village Voice called her “a warm, witty, and wise choreographer,” and the New York Times said of her dances, “They were intelligent dances danced by sharp, speedy dancers.” Isaacs is the Artistic Director of the San Diego Dance Theater, the originator of the annual site-specific project Trolley Dances and the co-founder of the San Diego Dance Alliance, Three’s Company and Dancers, and Isaacs/McCaleb & Dancers. Her work has been commissioned by the San Diego Opera, The La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe Theater, Goodman Theater, The San Diego Repertory Theater, the Berkeley Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theater, and for the “New Wave” Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Isaacs collaborates frequently with numerous cross-border partners, creating the Festival of Mexican Contemporary Dance at San Diego State University and earned awards from UC Mexus, the US/Mexico Fund for Culture, Arts International, and the UC Civic Collaborative for this work. Recent awards have included the Craig Noel San Diego Theater Critics Award, the Bay Area Theater Critics Award, two California Arts Council Choreography Fellowships, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sign-On San Diego Editors Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award at UC San Diego and the California Dance Educators Associate Artistic Award, and the DanceUSA / Irvine choreography fellowship. Jean Isaacs taught technique, choreography, and improvisation at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Theatre and Dance for 25 years. Her company is in residence at Dance Place San Diego at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station where she directs the SDDT School and creates dances for her beautiful company of some of the region’s most accomplished dancers.
Terry Wilson, Associate Artistic Director
Terry Wilson is San Diego Dance Theater’s Associate Artistic Director and has been performing, choreographing and teaching for 28 years. Her dance career began the minute she met Jean Isaacs and she has performed over 50 dances created by Jean. She studied with Jean at SDSU and consequently began dancing for Three’s Company and Dancers in 1986. Terry then performed for Isaacs/McCaleb and Dancers for eight years before leaving to gain her MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. Following that, she returned to San Diego to dance for Jean at San Diego Dance Theater, retiring in 2003. After retiring from performing, she worked with Jean to create “Moving Stories,” a children’s program, became rehearsal director for repertoire, and a board member for San Diego Dance Theater. She is honored to work alongside Jean again, now as Associate Artistic Director. In 2000 Terry won the San Diego Dance Alliance Tommy Award for best female performer, and in 2015 she took first place for site-specific dance in the International Fringe Festival. She also holds a BS in Psychology from SDSU. Terry is a Professor of Dance at San Diego City College and a Lecturer in Dance at UCSD.
Rebekah Brown, Operations Manager
Originally from the small town of Ashland, Ohio, Rebekah started dancing at age seven at Opus II Dance Studio studying ballet, jazz, modern, and tap. She received a BFA in Dance Performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and while there, pioneered a study abroad program with the University of Chichester in England. She also holds an MFA in Choreography from Mills College. As Operations Manager, Rebekah coordinates programs and events for San Diego Dance Theater and manages the rental space, White Box Live Arts, at Liberty Station. She is on Faculty and an Outreach Teaching Artist for San Diego Dance Theater School, drawing on inspiration from her training and 15 years of teaching and choreographing. Her curiosity for multi-disciplinary art continues to be a strong component of her creative work.
Rebekah directs H2O Dance Company, a contemporary modern dance company founded in 2015. H2O’s mission is to create inspiring, accessible dance work while providing a space where artists can be supported, ask questions, and create community. In addition, she is the co-curator for Fresh Dances with colleague Emily Miller and works with Ian Isles to curate ArtMOVES, the dance stage at ArtWalk San Diego in Little Italy. She also works with the dance team at Awaken Church on musicals and creative items throughout the year. Rebekah pursues performance, choreography, teaching, and arts administration and consistently remains connected to dance in all aspects of her life.
Hannah Cook, Finance and Grants Assistant
Hannah Cook began training in ballet, tap, and jazz at four years old. At age eight, she joined the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective Junior Ensemble where she performed in original works with the professional company. She attended summer programs with Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet School in New York. In 2007, she began the Joffrey Ballet School’s Trainee Program. She completed her BA in Dance at UCSD and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014, where she was recognized as a Muir Scholar and awarded The Leandra Smith Memorial Dance Scholarship. Hannah also has a background in finance and administration.