Rebecca SalzerRebecca Salzer

Director

Rebecca Salzer, Assistant Professor of Dance and Director of the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative at The University of Alabama, is an intermedia dance artist and educator. Her work for the stage has been seen in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, where she directed Rebecca Salzer Dance Theater for a decade. Her award-winning films and videos have been programmed in national and international venues and on public affiliate television stations KQED, KPBS, and WTTW. Salzer is a Jacob K. Javits Fellow. She holds a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University and an M.F.A. in Dance Theatre from the University of California, San Diego. Her recent screendance research has focused on how a medium that separates the performer and viewer in space and time can paradoxically preserve and even heighten a sense of immediacy and inclusion. Since 2016, she has also been leading a national effort to improve dance’s online presence; pushing for a more cohesive, comprehensive, discoverable, and imaginative approach to representing dance online. In December, Salzer was awarded a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to move this project forward.

Michelle Bordner

Michelle Bordner

Assistant Director

Michelle Bordner first came to the University of Alabama in 2012 as a part of the Creative Campus team. She is a member of Arts Administrators in Higher Education. Michelle served as the Director of Artist Relations with Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her work with Carolina Performing Arts, Michelle taught dance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before relocating to Chapel Hill, Michelle danced in a Los Angeles-based modern dance company, taught dance at the Torrance Performing Arts Center as well as multiple dance studios in Southern California, and owned a dance studio in southwestern Virginia. Michelle is a graduate of Radford University with a degree in Dance (B.S.).

 

Kristen Spencer

Graphic Design Intern

Kristen Spencer is a junior at the University of Alabama from Clinton, Pennsylvania. She is currently studying Creative Advertising with a minor in studio art. She is an art director on the Higher Education Partnership client team of Capstone Agency, which she has been a part of since January of 2019. She is a member of Minerva, a competitive creative advertising portfolio program. She has also served as the secretary of the General Art Club since 2018.

Mckayla Mear

Graphic Design Intern

Mckayla Mear grew up at the beach in San Clemente, CA until coming to Tuscaloosa as a student at the University of Alabama. Mear is a junior majoring in advertising with a creative specialization and minoring in digital art. She is in the creative portfolio program, Minerva, where she is learning art direction and has used her skills at past jobs, internships and currently at CARI. Mear plans to graduate in spring of 2021.