Jamie Bishton joins USC Kaufman Board of Councilors

November 9, 2018

Jamie Bishton smiling, wearing a tan suit

Jamie Bishton

Jamie Bishton, the newest addition to USC Kaufman’s Board of Councilors, brings years of dance expertise with a successful career in business. As a member of the board, he will work alongside Dean Robert Cutietta, Vice Dean Jodie Gates and other board members to advance the school’s mission.

About Jamie Bishton

Bishton is currently vice president and part-owner of the NOARUS Auto Group, with a focus on e-commerce, design, technology, branding, marketing and sales. NOARUS Auto Group is one of the top 150 auto groups in the country, with four dealerships in Southern California.

Prior to working in the automotive industry, Bishton graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. After graduation, he danced with Twyla Tharp, American Ballet Theatre, and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. He later founded his own company, JAMIE BISHTON | Dance, where he choreographed and performed. He also appeared in One Last Dance, James L. Brooks’ I’ll Do Anything, Without a Word (as Patrick Swayze’s body double), and Reefer Madness.

Bishton received a Bessie for Outstanding Creative Achievement in 1995. In November of 2000, he was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award from California Institute of the Arts. He became a producer with Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, in 2004. With DRA, he worked closely with the New York dance community to raise much-needed funds for AIDS and family services.

In addition to USC Kaufman’s Board of Councilors, he sits on the Board of The Norris and Debi Bishton Family Foundation. He has also been part of the board of directors at The Broad Stage, BODYTRAFFIC, and his own company.

Statements from the Dean and Vice Dean

“I’ve known Jamie since we were both based in NYC, he danced professionally with Twyla Tharp, ABT and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Project, while I was performing with The Joffrey Ballet. In addition to being a highly successful leader in the field, he is an extraordinary artist. We are very fortunate to have him contribute to the School’s mission,” said USC Kaufman Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates.

According to Dean Robert Cutietta, “the breadth of Jamie’s life experience—from dance student, to professional dancer, to Artistic Director of his own company—makes him an ideal Board member because he knows intimately many of the paths our students will take. We all look forward to working with him.”

About the Board of Councilors

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Board of Councilors is an advisory board comprised of prominent individuals in dance, academic, university, corporate or philanthropic arenas who demonstrate a personal commitment to the school and serve as ambassadors and advocates on the school’s behalf.