About the Provost

Photo by Laura Bianchi

Gerald Casel is the Provost of Porter College and Associate Professor in the Department of Theater Arts at UCSC. He is a dance artist, performance maker, and cultural activist. As an immigrant from the Philippines, he is proud to be a first-generation college graduate. 

Casel's choreographic research complicates and provokes questions surrounding colonialism, collective cultural amnesia, whiteness and privilege, and the tensions between the invisible/perceived/obvious structures of power. Through collaborative, interdisciplinary art making and social practice, he imagines alternative futures beyond the one that is being designed by our current economy and inequitable social structures. 

A graduate of The Juilliard School with an MFA from UW-Milwaukee, Casel received a New York Dance and Performance Award ‘Bessie’ for dancing in the companies of Michael Clark, Stephen Petronio, Zvi Gotheiner, and Stanley Love. He is the artistic director of GERALDCASELDANCE, a contemporary dance company whose works have been presented by Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Dance Theater Workshop, ODC Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Dancebase Edinburgh, Kuan Du Arts Festival Taiwan, and Centre National de la Danse Paris. His work has also been supported through residencies at The Bogliasco Foundation, The National Center for Choreography-Akron, ODC Theater, and CHIME. Casel leads Dancing Around Race, a community engagement process that interrogates racial inequity in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. He is also a member of the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Human Rights Commission’s Racial Equity Working Group. Casel’s latest project, Not About Race Dance, has been awarded a National Dance Project grant, which will be in residence at The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, premiere at CounterPulse in San Francisco in 2021, and will tour around the country with generous support from the New England Foundation for the Arts and the San Francisco Arts Commission.