• Associate Professor, Theatre Department

Creative Research

  • I did a collaborative film project on spiritual diversity with the film department at the University of Utah. Media Arts, completed 09/2012.
  • I did a YouTube commercial for the LDS Church representing religious diversity in the Mormon Church. Media Arts, completed 09/2012.
  • My most recent creative work was the presentation of a performance at Sugar Space dance studio/theatre in August of 2010. The show ran for three nights. I created a company of nine dancers and technical support. This was also the debut of my new company known as the Allen Gardner Dance Company. The concept of the performance was to bring together the early working concepts and new developments in Butoh dance. We also explored where contemporary dance and eastern approaches to dance intersected. We made use of mask, shadows, and technology. The performance was very well received. My company will continue to explore new directions in the performing arts. Performance, completed 08/25/2010.
  • Allen Gardner Dance Theatre, which is my company, performed at the Sugar Space, a performing space for experimental dance works. This performance was a fusion of contemporary dance, Butoh, mask, and text. This performance was a collaboration of dancers, actors, and videographers. Performance, completed 08/2010.


  • I gave a lecture on presentational skills and acting for the lawyer for the Law Department at the University of Utah in the Bochard Conference Hall. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2012.
  • Butoh dance performance. Title: Water in the Moon; Where illusion and reality intersect. This performance utilized traditional Japanese themes and techniques of story telling and dance. It utilized elements of Norh and Kabuki with modern Butoh concepts. Presentation, Presented, 09/24/2011.
  • This performance centered on the traditional arts of Bali. I made use of Balinese shadow puppets, rod puppets, and mask of the Topeng tradition. This was a three tiered creation to present a folk tale from Balinese literature. Presentation, Presented, 09/23/2011.
  • Butoh Dance Theatre performance utilizing the techniques of Butoh Dance, Noh Theatre technique and technology-video. It was a gala performance at Woodscross High School. It was presented as a fundraiser for the school. Presentation, Presented, 04/30/2011.


  • French, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • China
  • India