Board of Councilors

Jennifer Cheng

Jennifer Cheng is the Executive Producer of Diavolo | Architecture in Motion – an extreme movement company. She has a deeply collaborative partnership with Diavolo’s Artistic Director Jacques Heim. Together they produce visually stunning, daring and intensely physical movement work. She has produced Diavolo’s most recent work, L.O.S.T., which includes the complex and dangerous “Train.”

Lucia Choi-Dalton

Lucia Choi-Dalton helps arts and other civic organizations develop leadership and financial resources. She was previously Vice Chair at Fort Mason Center, a former military base turned urban National Park, and Vice Chair at Coro Center for Civic Leadership. Currently, she is President of the Board of Directors at Alonzo King LINES Ballet of San Francisco.

Bryn DeBeikes

Bryn DeBeikes graduated from the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism with degrees in Public Relations and Speech Communications. She was co-chair for the inaugural USC Women’s Leadership Conference, a member of the USC Athletic Board of Councilors, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the USC Libraries and the USC Trojan League of Orange County.

Debbie Felix

Debbie Felix is an engaged USC parent and passionate dance enthusiast. Prior to becoming a full-time homemaker, she managed the offices of various law firms. Debbie Felix and her husband Michael have four children, two of whom have attended USC and dance competitively. Her connection and engagement with dance began over 20 years ago and continues today.


Ann Gianopulos

Born in Connecticut and raised in northern California, Ann Gianopulos has enjoyed a highly successful career in marketing and the entertainment industry. After working in international licensing and merchandising at Warner Bros in France, she held executive positions at Hanna-Barbera, Turner Broadcasting and Twentieth Century Fox. 


Glorya Kaufman

Glorya Kaufman’s love affair with dance began before she could walk. Through her visionary philanthropic leadership, the Glorya Kaufman Foundation has supported the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Juilliard, and now the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Glorya Kaufman’s generosity will ensure that future generations of students at USC will also experience the joy of dancing.

Ellie Kitta

Ellie Kitta

Ellie Kitta danced and received her education in Moscow and the United States. Throughout life she has remained an avid supporter of dance and the arts. In addition to serving on the board of councilors at USC Kaufman, she also serves on the Board of the Beverly Hills Literary Society.

Gale Luce

Gale Luce is a 3-time USC parent and possesses a lifelong passion for dance.  A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Gale majored in Fashion Merchandising and minored in Dance.  Following college, she was a professional dancer for the Chicago Bears for two years. Professionally, Gale owned her own meeting and trade show planning business, GL Meetings & Conventions, Inc. for 25 years.

Nigel Lythgoe

Nigel Lythgoe created the cultural sensation “So You Think You Can Dance,” and was involved in the creation of “Pop Idol” and “American Idol.” In addition to his extensive dance career and ongoing charitable work, Lythgoe is the only person to have danced in, choreographed, directed and produced the Royal Variety Performance for Her Majesty the Queen.

Anita Mann Kohl

Anita Mann Kohl is the founder of Anita Mann Productions, a company specializing in stage, television and theatrical performances. Kohl has been honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as one of America’s top five contemporary choreographers and is the recipient of six Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award win.

Bradley Tabach-Bank

Bradley Tabach-Bank received a BA in speech and rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966, and a JD from Cornell Law School in 1970.  From 2005 to 2012, Brad served as general counsel at RP Realty Partners, a commercial real estate investment firm in Beverly Hills. Earlier in his career, he was a principal of the law firm Tabach-Bank & Levenstein from 1982 to 2003. Today, although retired from his legal practice, Brad remains co-owner of Beverly Loan Company, New York Loan Company and Chicago Loan Company.

Joe Tremaine

Joe Tremaine is Founder and President of Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions and an internationally known dance educator, choreographer and performer who has worked on television and Broadway, in movies, videos, commercials, ballet companies, industrials and night clubs. He serves on the boards of many dance related organizations and is active in charity work.


Sue Tsao

Sue Tsao has been actively involved in the art community in Los Angeles for more than 20 years.  An avid supporter of the performing arts, Tsao has been a major donor and serves on the board at Center Theatre Group, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Center Dance Arts of The Music Center. She has chaired numerous successful fundraising events for Center Theatre including Angels’ Night, and most recent 2017 CTG 50th Celebration.

Jim Vincent

Jim Vincent became the Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater in 2009 and previously served as the Artistic Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, following an extensive career as a dancer, teacher, ballet master and choreographer. He is currently Executive Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment.