"Dancer-choreographer Arianne MacBean (is) the Diane Keaton of dance - quirky, endearing and eminently watchable." 

Photo: Sallie DeEtte Mackie
Arianne MacBean is a writer, educator and Artistic Director of The Big Show Co. - an LA-based dance-theater group. She has presented work at ODC in San Francisco, 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 danced with 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 & 2017-18  California Arts Council Veterans Initiative in the Arts grant for her current community arts initiative, The Collective Memory Project - dance-theater inspired by the survival memories of U.S. military veterans, performers, and audience members.
MacBean's 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. In 2012, she was awarded the year-long CHIME Mentorship Grant, produced by the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco. She was the Director of the Dance Program at Oakwood Secondary School for eighteen years and is now adjunct faculty at Cal State University Long Beach, Pasadena City College, and Glendale Community College. She also facilitates Memory Writing Workshops as part of the Women’s Empowerment Group at Casa in Pasadena - a facility for women undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. MacBean holds a BA in Dance from UCLA, and a double MFA in Dance & Critical Writing from California Institute of the Arts.