Creative Team

David Popalisky

Creative Director/Choreography

Associate Professor David Popalisky has taught dance, dance history and choreography for over 30 years at Santa Clara University and recently completed two terms as chair of the Theatre and Dance department. An independent choreographer Popalisky has created over 80 original dances. In April 2015 Silicon Valley Creates named Popalisky an Artist Laureate acknowledging his body of choreographic work. Recent dances including Walking with Walt and Return to HJ Junction have been presented in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City. In 2012 he performed his solo Swimming Upstream in Beijing, China.

His current collaborative work The Water Project addresses contemporary environmental and social issues as did earlier dances Migrations (2010), The Fatherhood Project (2006) and Barred from Life (2004)

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Scot Hanna-Weir

Composer/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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Jeffrey Bracco


Jeffrey Bracco teaches Directing, Dramaturgy, Critical Perspectives In Performance, Spectacle and Society, Shakespeare in Film, Theatre East/West and Introduction to Performance Collaboration. An alumnus of Santa Clara University Theatre and Dance Department, Jeffrey has worked as a director, actor, teacher and playwright in both the United States and Europe.

Besides directing two world premieres in Paris, Bonheur au bar du coin and Code 40 by playwright Patrice Scanu, he directed his own play, ShakesPod, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Bay Area directing credits include Oliver! and A Chorus Line at Broadway by the Bay, Les Liaison Dangereuses at Dragon Theatre, Million Dollar Quartet at Palo Alto Players and Green Day’s American IdiotM. ButterflyMonty Python’s SpamalotThe Santaland DiariesThe Three Musketeers and NINE, at City Lights Theatre Company. For his direction of NINE, Jeffrey was nominated for Best Director (Bay Area Theatre Critics).

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Jerry Enos

Set Designer

Formerly the Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance and the founding Director of the Center of Performing Arts, Jerald Enos serves as the resident scenic designer for departmental productions.

After graduating in 1979 from California State University at Hayward with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, Jerald went on to graduate school at UCLA where he earned his M.F.A. in Design and Theatre Production in 1984. Since then, he has worked on over 100 shows both within the United States and around the world, serving as Lighting Designer, Scenic Designer, and/or Director. He also worked on the 1984 Olympics as the Associate Lighting Designer for the Los Angeles Olympic Art Festival. In 1987, he designed lights as well as scenery for the Pope’s visit to San Antonio, Texas.

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Carolyn Guggemos

Technical Director

Carolyn Guggemos is the Production Manager for SCU Presents. She has been instrumental in resolving multiple technical issues related to The Water Project.

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