Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Chapman University, combines years of experience as a professional dancer and choreographer with works spanning the spectrum from concert modern dance to musical theatre and jazz. She has directed equity waiver theatre productions and served as a movement consultant and choreographer to various regional theatre companies. At Chapman University, Professor Parker-Jeannette teaches Dance History, Dance in World Cultures, Choreography, Modern Dance Technique and Pedagogy. She holds a MFA from the University of California, Irvine and a BA in Theatre/Dance from California State University, Fullerton.
In her work as a dance historian, The Library of Congress recently published an article on her research of early 20th Century ballet dancer and choreographer, Adolph Bolm called "Wandering Dancer".
Cyrus is also compiling oral histories of women who performed with modern dance pioneers Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Helen Tamiris, Martha Graham and Katherine Dunham in the 1930's and 40's. Under the umbrella project Dialogue with Dancers , documentation includes an in-progress DVD, panel presentations, a reconstruction of Hilda Hoppe's Shadows of the Warsaw Ghetto (1945) , and a documentary film.
She presents pedagogical workshops regularly and is the recipient of the 2003 California Dance Educator of the Year presented by CAHPERD and the 2004 Director's Award for Outstanding Contribution in Dance Education presented by California Dance and Movement.