Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, currently serving as Dean of the College of the Arts at CSULB, combines years of experience as a professional dancer and choreographer with works ranging from concert dance, movement for theatre, to gallery and site-specific performances. She was recently an artist in residence in Taipei, Taiwan, at Jacksonville University in Florida, and Spelman College in Atlanta. Her recent choreographic works have been staged in a variety of urban locations including the 2013 A Lot Initiative, produced by the Arts Council of Long Beach, at the Japanese Gardens at CSU Long Beach, the Noguchi Sculpture Garden in Costa Mesa, Santa Ana Civic Center, Downtown Los Angeles and various other sites in Southern California. She received her BA in Theatre/Dance from California State University, Fullerton and her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine.
With a particular interest in improvisational processes and the intersection of improvisation and choreography, Cyrus teaches internationally and has received several leadership and teaching awards during her academic career. She was awarded the 2003 California Dance Educator of the Year presented by the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) and the 2004 Director’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in Dance Education presented by California Dance and Movement.
She has served as a pre-performance speaker at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center and has presented several lectures at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. She is an active member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, where she serves as an external evaluator for program review and accreditation on a national level. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for The Wooden Floor in Orange County, an organization serving underrepresented youth through dance, social services and education advocacy.Cyrus Parker-Jeannette was born and raised in Long Beach and currently lives in Orange, CA.