“Dancer-choreographer Arianne MacBean (is) the Diane Keaton of dance - quirky, endearing and eminently watchable.”
-Los Angeles Times
Arianne MacBean is a writer, educator and Artistic Director of The Big Show Co. - an LA-based dance-theater group. She has presented work at ODC in San Francisco, Ford Theatres, Skirball Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hammer Museum, Highways Performance Space, The A.W.A.R.D. Show! produced by the Joyce Theater at REDCAT, and Studio at REDCAT. She danced for Meredith Monk, Tere O’Connor, Vic Marks and Paul Taylor.
She has received many awards and honors including most recently, the 2018-19 Cultural Trailblazer Award and 2016-17 Artist-in-Residence Grant from City of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as the 2016-17 & 2017-18 California Arts Council Veterans Initiative in the Arts grant. MacBean is known for her work with diverse populations such as her community-based performance initiative, The Collective Memory Project - dance-theater inspired by the survival memories of U.S. military veterans, performers, and audience members, and her work facilitating Memory Writing Workshops as part of the Women’s Empowerment Group at Casa Treatment Center - a facility for women undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.
MacBean's article, “Dancing into Diversity – curriculum for self-discovery, empathy and creative leadership” was published in the 2014 special teacher edition of Journal of Dance Education. She is a regular facilitator of professional development workshops for LAUSD teachers on how to promote diversity in the classroom through movement. In 2012, she was awarded the year-long CHIME Mentorship Grant, produced by the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco. She was the Director of the Dance Program at Oakwood Secondary School for eighteen years, and is now adjunct faculty at Cal State University Long Beach, Pasadena City College, and Glendale Community College. MacBean holds a BA in Dance from UCLA, and a double MFA in Dance & Critical Writing from California Institute of the Arts and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Fulcrum Arts.