"Dancer-choreographer Arianne MacBean (is) the Diane Keaton of dance - quirky, endearing and eminently watchable."
Arianne MacBean (Choreographer/Director) is a writer, educator and Artistic Director of The Big Show Co. She has presented work in Los Angeles at The Skirball Cultural Center, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hammer Museum, Highways Performance Space, The A.W.A.R.D. Show! produced by the Joyce Theater at REDCAT, and Studio at REDCAT. She has been honored to dance for Meredith Monk, Tere O’Connor, Vic Marks and Paul Taylor. She was awarded the 2016-17 Artist-in-Residence Grant from the city of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs and the 2016-17 California Arts Council Veterans Initiative in the Arts grant. As a writer, MacBean has been published in the Itch Dance Journal and the Journal of Dance Education multiple times. Her article, “Dancing in Diversity – curriculum for self-discovery, empathy and creative leadership” was published in the fall 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 dance as part of The Skirball Cultural Center's "Teaching Our World Through the Arts" program. In 2012, she was awarded the year-long CHIME Mentorship Grant, produced by the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco. She has a BA in Dance from UCLA, and a double MFA in Dance & Critical Writing from California Institute of the Arts. MacBean founded The Big Show Co. in 1999.