Thea Patterson

MFA Candidate

Born in Oakland, California, Thea Patterson is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She began her training at Conservatory of Classical Ballet under the direction of Ann Fisher-Ratto, performing an array of classical ballet repertoire and original works by noted Bay Area choreographers Carlos Carvajal and Michael Lowe. She continued her dance training in college, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and English from UC Irvine in 2013.  

Upon graduating, Thea returned to the Bay Area, where she taught ballet and contemporary, choreographed, and worked as a freelance dancer performing in various theaters and site-specific works across the San Francisco Bay Area. She has danced with Peninsula Ballet Theater, Natasha Carlitz Dance Company, Danse Lumiere, Blue Scorpion Dance Theater, Jaq Dalziel, Alyssa Mitchel, No Strings Attached Dance Company, Yuki Fujimoto, and Garrett+Moulton Productions. Thea also worked as Company Manager and Guest Choreographer for No Strings Attached Dance Company, premiering her original work “Wading Through” at Grace Cathedral for the San Francisco Movement Arts Festival in 2019.

In 2020, Thea was co-awarded a 2018-2019 Isadora Duncan Dance Award in Outstanding Achievement in Performance Ensemble for her work with Garrett+Moulton Productions at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Thea is a second-year Ballet Graduate Student and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Dance at the University of Utah. Her research centers on dissecting the construct of the “ballet body” and its impact on mental health, with the ultimate goal of making ballet more inclusive both on recreational and professional levels.