Creative Team

David Popalisky

Creative Director

 With over 30 years of teaching experience at Santa Clara University, David Popalisky currently serves as the Theatre and Dance department chair. Throughout his career, Popalisky has built an extensive repertoire with several works dealing with social justice themes. For example, the 2009 community dance,, and the Migrations (2010) both addressed contemporary environmental and social issues. Additionally, Popalisky’s work with Migrations included community outreach, presenting lecture and demos at various local schools. Popalisky is currently working on scholarship, educating dance-minded students at SCU, and developing The Water Project

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Scot Hanna-Weir

Choral Direction

The Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Santa Clara University, Scot Hanna-Weir has worked with universities and community organizations across the country. Hanna-Weir is a Bernard Hubbard, S.J., Creative Collaboration Awardee, in recognition of having established a well-deserved reputation for excellence in educating students by including them in professional research projects or creative activity, thereby transcending traditional teaching models to reach the heart of the research and creative process and, in this collaboration, for having inspired other scholars and artists.

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Kathy Aoki


An Associate Professor of Studio Art at Santa Clara University, Kathy Aoki teaches courses in the digital arts as well as printmaking. Aoki has held several Bay Area and international artist residencies and has been the recipient of various awards such as the Prix-de-Print, Turner Solo-Exhibition Award, among others. Aoki is currently scheduled for a solo exhibition in January 2020 as a Recology Artist in Residence. 

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Derek Duarte

Light Design/Projections

Derek Duarte has been with the SCU Theatre and Dance Department since 1997. With over 500 shows designed and twenty-five years of experience, Duarte has worked with such theatres as Berkeley Repertory, Portland Center Stage, The Western Stage, San Jose Repertory, the Alley Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hong Kong Repertory, Syracuse Stage, and the Kennedy Center. He was resident lighting designer at American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco for seven years, designing more than 60 productions for the company.

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Barbara Murray

Costume Design

Professor Barbara Murray is the Costume Designer in the Theatre and Dance Department at Santa Clara University.  Barbara has designed costumes for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Cabrillo Stage, SRT, Lyric Theatre and Opera San Jose, among others. She also worked as a cutter/draper and crafts artisan for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, PCPA, and has worked as assistant Dyer/Painter in the San Francisco Opera costume shop. One of Barbara’s greatest interests is the Social History of Fashion, which she has taught for many years.

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