Sam Mitchell: Oceanside, CA U.S.A.

Maury Landsmann

Choreographers:  Sam Mitchell & Judy Bauerlin

Artist Statement/Philosophy/Mission Statement:
I believe that there exists a seamless connection between dance and theater, set and choreography, voice and movement. I have been fascinated and frustrated by the challenge of making work that speaks to me and more importantly, others.

Short Artist/Company Bio:
Sam Mitchell began his formal training over 20 years ago. The road he has taken has been full of amazing challenges, vast disappointments, physical pain, elation and exuberance. He believes that this process has been much like a refining process, making his choreographic voice stronger and more powerful.

Describe some of your achievements over the course of the last five years:
Directed and taught at my own dance studio, The Studio at North Park.
Awarded work scholarships to students in need
Taught and choreographed within the San Diego School System
Performed with John Malashock Company
Performed with Patricia Rincon Company
Invited to study at UCSD in the MFA program specializing in Tanztheater

What do you hope to gain from the experience of participating in this festival?
Future collaboration with my wife Judy, and other international artists

Have you participated in other festivals or showcases?
Yes, just recently the Blurred Summer Dance Festival at Sushi, San Diego

If so – what were elements you enjoyed and what areas do you think could have been improved on?
I was very sick with the flu. I would have liked to have been healthy and explore more of the dynamics of my particular piece, instead of praying to God that I don’t die on the stage.


Judy Bauerlein has worked extensively as a performer in both regional and New York theaters. She’s performed new and collaborative work at the Southern Theatre in Minneapolis, Highways in Los Angeles, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, Lincoln Center Director's Lab (“Best of Series” 1998), The Public Theatre, and The Bread and Puppet Theatre. Film credits include Deconstructing Harry, Diary of a City Priest, Drunks, and Free Land by Minda Martin. She has received numerous awards for acting and collaborative outreach projects, including a Woodrow Wilson Humanities Fellowship, a UCIRA Research Grant, and a UCSB Regent’s Fellowship. Her original solo performance, Swimmer, was featured in the 2004 LitMoon Theatre Festival and won Independent Award. Judy is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at California State University San Marcos.