Professor and Program Director (Acting Chair of Theatre and Dance, Spring and Fall 2020)

Paul Besaw is professor and program director of dance. He teaches classes in contemporary dance technique, choreography, and dance history. Paul’s primary interest lies in developing original dance/theatre and his work has been seen throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a founder. leader, and active member of three performance groups: Dance Tramp, a collective of contemporary dance artists in Northern Vermont; Agnes Table, a performance collective devoted to original, collaboratively-devised theatre projects; and The Solo Workshop, a multidisciplinary group of artists exploring and producing original, multidisciplinary, solo performance works.

Before coming to UVM, Paul served as assistant professor at California State University, Sacramento, where he coordinated the 2006 American College Dance Association (ACDA) Southwest Region Conference, and Catawba College in North Carolina, where he coordinated the dance and musical theatre programs. Three of his dances on university dance students have been selected for regional ACDA conference culminating Gala Concerts. Paul is currently on the ACDA Board of Directors, serving as Regional Director for the New England Region.

Memorable performances: Paul’s experience also includes performing for dance artists Jack Arnold, Blue Skid Dance, Sally Bomer, Clare Byrne, Joel Conrad, Hannah Dennison, John Gamble, Susan Levine, Marcia Murdock, Sherone Price, Kayvon Pourazar, Tiffany Rhynard, Alta Lu Townes, and Jan Van Dyke.

Paul Besaw

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Choreography, devised theatre, contemporary dance technique, dance history


  • MFA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • BA, Keene State College


  • 802-656-0085
Office Location:

Royall Tyler Theatre, Room 211B

Office Hours:

M 12-1, W 11-1

Courses Taught

DNCE 160 - Dance Composition

DNCE 175 - Dance Repertory

DNCE 176 - Dance Performance Practicum

DNCE 260 - Choreography Workshop