Robyn O’Dell is a dance theatre artist and educator from Southern California. Robyn’s choreographic interests lie in the space between theatre and dance; where the psychological meets the physical, where abstraction intersects with realism, and subtext coexists with text.
O’Dell’s process -based works are developed through
a heightened focus on creative collaboration and ensemble building. Her works have been performed in various venues including the Pasadena Dance Festival, Brockus Project Studios, the Claire Trevor Theatre, Glenn Wallichs Theatre, and The Irvine Barclay Theatre.
As a dance educator, Robyn has served as Adjunct Faculty for Riverside City College (RCC), a Teaching Assistant at University of California, Irvine, where she received her Master of Fine Arts, and as a Choreography Assistant at the California Institute of the Arts.
Robyn teaches a diverse range of dance and theatre classes, including contemporary modern dance, movement improvisation, movement for actors, acting for dancers, as well as workshops in devised performance making; where artists work collaboratively through multidisciplinary approaches to create performance projects.
*full curriculum vitae upon request
Choreographer/Director, Collaborator, Educator
2019 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE, MFA in Dance
Thesis Research Topic: Devising Dance Theatre
2010 UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS, BA in Theatre Arts, minor in Gender Studies
UNIVERSITY/ CITY COLLEGE 2017-2019
2017- 2019 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
2012- 2016 RIVERSIDE CITY COLLEGE
OCT. 2019 GLENDALE CITY COLLEGE
Devising Dance Theatre
SEPT. 2019 UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS
NOV. 2016 Movement Improvisation/Concepts Through Embodiment
NOV.2015 Sociology and Anthropology Department
APR. 2019 AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE ASSOCIATION, BAJA REGION
& APR. 2017 Devising Dance Theatre
Intermediate/ Advanced Modern Dance Techniques
University of California, Irvine
El Camino College
SEPT. 2018 CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
Building Community Through Dance
Staff and Employee Retreat Workshop
AUG. 2014 SHAKESPEARE AND MOVEMENT
Month-long workshop in collaboration with theatre director, Steve Shade
Dance Co. Lab, Los Angeles
2018 Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) Travel Grant, Dance Department, UC Irvine, awards for Dance MFA thesis research
2006-2008 Dean’s Academic Scholarship, University of Redlands
MAY 2011 Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) Certification
200 hours – CorePower Yoga Teacher Training, Sherman Oaks, CA