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Introducing Lisa Draskovich-Long

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Lisa Draskovich-Long, assistant professor of theatre and dance, has brought years of experience with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Riedel Dance Theater and Dance Kaleidoscope to Cal State Fullerton.

She received an M.F.A. in choreography from the California Institute of the Arts and a B.F.A. in ballet from Christian University in Texas. She also has an A.A. in occupational therapy from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York.

Why did you pursue the opportunity to join the Titan community?

In the culture of CSUF I recognized a parallel to my philosophy of positivity, rigor and community. This supportive attitude is apparent from the President to the students. My students are engaged and open; because of this, I believe CSUF is where I am called to make the most difference in the most lives.

What do you most look forward to now that you’re here?

I am looking forward to watching the progress of my students throughout their tenure at CSUF and beyond. Working in collaboration with a vast array of artists within my department and throughout the campus to create new work has me excited and inspired.

What areas of continued scholarship and research are of particular interest to you?

Bringing attention to the strength of the dance program on a local, national and international level by producing work that includes both students and professional dancers is one way I plan to apply my choreographic research. I also have begun creating articles and resources for graduating seniors based around my interest in self-care and the transitory period between academia and professional careers.

What are some of your outside activities, hobbies or interests?

I enjoy traveling, photography, cooking, nature and live music of all types.