Meet the USC Kaufman Admission Team

October 8, 2019

Leanna, Anne and Elliott pose in front of a white background

Leanna Bremond, Anne Aubert-Santelli and Elliott Scher | Photo by Cathryn Farnsworth

I’m Anne, the Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Services for the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. I love my job because I get to work with remarkable students like you as they look ahead to the next chapter in their lives. I am also proud to be a part of USC Kaufman, with its trailblazing vision of The New Movement.

As a part of The New Movement, you’ll receive conservatory dance training within one of the world’s leading private research universities. You’ll explore points of intersection between different styles such as ballet, contemporary styles and hip-hop, collaborate with students and faculty throughout campus on mixed-media projects, and join a supportive community affectionately called the “Kaufman Family.” You’ll be mentored by a stellar faculty that includes Jodie Gates, William Forsythe, Desmond Richardson, Aszure Barton and Jermaine Spivey, perform a diverse repertory of master and new works at a company level, and explore all that the University of Southern California and Los Angeles have to offer.

I know that the college admission process can be very stressful, especially when managing applications and auditions for several programs at once. Our admission team is here to help you find your way. You’ll also find key information—such as requirements, deadlines and opportunities to connect with USC Kaufman representatives (including my amazing team, photographed above) and faculty on campus or in a city near you—under the Apply section of our website.

Meet our new team members

Now, introducing our new Admission and Student Services Officers, Elliott Scher and Leanna Bremond.

Elliott Scher is a Baltimore native whose professional background consists of a career in the entertainment industry, having worked for several bi-coastal talent agencies and management companies. He also has professional experience working in brand development, social media and public relations. For the past three years, Elliott was the Program Coordinator at Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center that provides entertainment professionals with information for storylines focused on health, safety and social issues. Elliott is a graduate of Wagner College where he studied musical theater.

Leanna Bremond, an Oakland native, is a dancer, arts administrator and teaching artist. During her time as an undergraduate at the World Arts & Cultures Dance department at UCLA, she studied how dance can be used as a device for civic engagement and critically analyzed her experiences as a young bi-racial woman and artist of color. After UCLA, she was afforded the opportunity to work with organizations like The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and The Ford Theatres in Hollywood, Calif. At both institutions, Leanna assisted in the production of events which included hip-hop dance festivals, jazz and skateboard concerts, contemporary opera performances, Tahitian dance JAM sessions and more.

You’ll definitely see a bit of Elliott and Leanna along the application process, and can contact them for resources specific to career services, wellness and more at USC Kaufman. And just for fun, we answered the “Quick Takes” from this year’s USC Undergraduate Application:

Quick takes: Anne Aubert-Santelli

  1. Describe yourself in three words: Small dog obsessed.
  2. What is your favorite snack? Anything with cheese (I’m French, after all!)
  3. What is your favorite movie of all time? Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain.
  4. What is your dream job? Miniaturist.
  5. If you had a theme song, what would it be? “Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison.
  6. What is your dream trip? Viking Ultimate World Cruise (six continents, 111 cities).
  7. What is the next TV show you will binge-watch? Love Island UK – Winter Edition.
  8. Who is a person or fictional character that would be your ideal roommate? Marie Kondo.
  9. What is your favorite book? Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and it’s all small stuff.
  10. If you could teach a class on any topic, what would it be? L.A. Street Food.

Quick takes: Elliott Scher

  1. Describe yourself in three words: Resourceful, witty, opinionated.
  2. What is your favorite snack? Anything that involves a dip of some sort.
  3. What is your favorite movie of all time? Jaws. It’s a horror movie, but it’s also informative about potential swimming hazards.
  4. What is your dream job? Quality control at the Little Debbie factory. Also, screenwriter.
  5. If you had a theme song, what would it be? “I’m Still Here” by Stephen Sondheim.
  6. What is your dream trip? I’ve hit everything on my bucket list thanks to my airline points strategy. Favorite trip: Tokyo.
  7. What is the next TV show you will binge-watch? I can watch 30 Rock forever.
  8. Who is a person or fictional character that would be your ideal roommate? Gladys Kravitz from “Bewitched”. She knows everything about everybody and she has seen some things.
  9. What is your favorite book? I’m a sci-fi geek. Anything by Michael Chrichton.
  10. If you could teach a class on any topic, what would it be? Couponing. I love a good deal.

Quick takes: Leanna Bremond

  1. Describe yourself in three words: Creative, adaptable, ambitious.
  2. What is your favorite snack? Anything pickled.
  3. What is your favorite movie of all time? Anything Julia Roberts.
  4. What is your dream job? Backup dancer for Beyonce or backup singer for Earth, Wind & Fire…(in a world where I could sing, of course.)
  5. If you had a theme song, what would it be? “As” by Stevie Wonder.
  6. What is your dream trip? Papa’ete, Tahiti…specifically for the dance competition “Heiva I Tahiti”…look it up…so incredible.  
  7. What is the next TV show you will binge-watch? Mr. Robot on a Saturday, Broad City on a Sunday. 
  8. Who is a person or fictional character that would be your ideal roommate? Tracee Ellis Ross — I would borrow every clothing item in her closet!
  9. What is your favorite book? White Teeth, by Zadie Smith.
  10. If you could teach a class on any topic, what would it be? Dissecting Music Samples in Hip-Hop and R&B.