TBC Guest Artists

TBC Guest Artists vary each year, showcasing new and established collaborations with wonderful dancers, actors, singers, composers, videographers and designers.

TBC Staff

Paula Bliss (Education Director, teacher and performer) teaches Children's Dance at San Jose State University and professional development workshops for Santa Clara Department of Education. She taught for Dance Force in San Mateo and for Spectra Plus, a program with Gault Elementary School and the Santa Cruz County Cultural Council, the first local program to infuse the arts into the curriculum. Paula is currently teaching music and movement at Mountain Elementary School. She has been performing and teaching with Tandy Beal and Co. for over two decades.

Saki Tamao (ArtSmart Manager, teacher and performer) earned her BFA in Modern Dance at the University of Utah. She worked as a dancer and arts educator for Pickle Family Circus & TBC. She is currently Director of Dance for WEST Theatre and a performer and teacher with Dr. Shaffer & Mr. Stern Dance Company. She is a member of the Artist/Teacher Partnership program for the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and developed arts curricula for the SC Arts Council. She has been on the SPECTRA Arts Education roster for 15 years and has taught in over 50 schools. 


Rebecca Blair (Associate Director, Rehearsal Director, Stage Manager) was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study at the School of American Ballet and the Harkness House Ballet School in New York City. She was a charter member of Maria Tallchief's Chicago City Ballet and the Lyric Opera Ballet Company, dancing soloist roles. Rebecca has been teaching adult and children’s ballet classes in Santa Cruz since 1991.  She is currently the Stage Manager and Rehearsal Director for Tandy Beal and Company. She has Stage Managed for many local dance studios, Cabrillo College Dance Concerts, as well as the Alvin Ailey Camp at Cal Performances Zellerbach in Berkeley.


Micha Scott (Lead Teacher, ArtSmart) As a 13-year senior member with Garth Fagan Dance, Micha Scott has performed and taught master classes worldwide. She has been a soloist with Tandy Beal & Company, and a featured dancer in the PBS special ‘Griot New York’ with famed composer and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Micha has taught dance at SUNY Brockport, Rochester School of the Arts, SCU, UCSC, Cabrillo College, public schools, and private studios. Her choreography has been commissioned by Santa Clara University, Cabrillo College, the Absolute Dance Company, and Monterey and Seaside High School. Micha is Artistic Director at Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, the founder and Artistic Director of Empire Dance Company, resident choreographer at Mountain School, dance instructor at Dancenter, and lead teacher with Tandy Beal & Company’s ArtSmart program.

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Paula Mahoney (Community Outreach and Development Consultant) After earning her degree in Theater Arts from UCSC, Paula Mahoney worked for KRUZ television where she produced numerous shows and series, including 2 telethons that raised more than $200,000 for local arts and sports programs in Santa Cruz County schools. During her 25 years as a producer/director, Paula won national recognition for Excellence in Community Relations and was named a Community Hero by the United Way of Santa Cruz County. As an advocate for youth, she served on the county’s Children and Youth Commission and was elected to the Soquel School District Board of Trustees. In 2016, as a consultant to the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Paula helped to produce the “Raising of America” film series, a community engagement campaign that explored how experiences in early childhood impact a child’s future health and well-being. The series helped to inspire the creation of a dedicated children’s fund in both the city and county of Santa Cruz.

tandy Beal & Company at the Parthenon

tandy Beal & Company at the Parthenon

Board of Trustees 2018-2019

Steve Principe (Board President), Mortgage Broker, Former Owner Vino Cruz (Santa Cruz) 4 years
Mary Saxon (Vice president), Publicist, Producer (Aptos and LA) 9 yrs
Sheila Cliff (Treasurer), MA Special Ed, Arts teacher (Santa Cruz) 3 yrs
Rebecca Blair (Secretary), Stage Manager, former Ballet Mistress Chicago City Ballet (Santa Cruz) 5 yrs
Tandy Beal (founding member), Performer/Choreographer/Director (Zayante) 45 yrs
Roberta Bristol, Professor Emeritus, Cabrillo College  (Aptos) 445yrs
Linda Butters, Manager, Il Fornaio Restaurant (Carmel) 21 yrs
Maggie Collins, Financial Administrator, UCSC, Retired  (Santa Cruz) 26 yrs
Lauren Fein, Supervisor, Children’s Behavioral Health 1 yr                                                                                     Patrick Lei, Caterer (Scotts Valley) 2 yrs
Scott Munro, County Mental Health Professional, Retired  (Santa Cruz) 2 yrs
Te Smith, Vice President, Communications at MarkMonitor, part of Thomson Reuters (Santa Cruz) 13 yrs
Jon Scoville (founding member), Composer (Zayante) 45 yrs
Frank Widman, Senior Trainer, UC Santa Cruz (Boulder Creek) 3 yrs


Paulo Brandao, Musician (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)
Sheila Baumgarten, former manager of TBC and Pickle Family Circus, former Program officer at Koret Foundation (Santa Cruz)
Jim Goodhue, Retired Special Needs teacher, Buddhist Priest (NJ and Japan)
Marc Lawton, Ministry of Education (Paris)
Judith Lomba, Therapist, Health Video Entrepreneur (Santa Cruz)
Bobby McFerrin, Singer  (Philadelphia, PA)
Alan Savat, former banker and first manager of Tandy Beal & Company (Santa Cruz)
Ellen Sevy, Feldenkreis Practitioner (LA)
Peggy Snider, Co-Founder of Pickle Family Circus, Sculptor (Santa Cruz)
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Author, Farewell to Manzanar (Santa Cruz)

Past Leadership Circles

ArtSmart: Sarah Brothers, Cheryl Caspe, Liz Cass, Sheila Cliff, Jenny Dowd, Brynne Flidais, Susan Freeman, Paula Mahoney, Fred Mindlin, Meridian Negilski, Esteban Ortiz, Pamela Randall

First Saturday Family Concert Series: Daniel Jadick, Carol King, Sandy Lansdale, Stephanie Locke, Steve Principe, Jennifer Radakovich, Kelsey Ramage, Chavela del Rio, Alan Savat

40 Odd Moves: Courtney Barrett, Roberta Bristol, Mary Brooks, Rosejoanne Cirincone, Maggie Collins, Virginia Lee, Becca Reed, Kathy Runyon, Maya Sapper, Mary Saxon, Saki Tamao

40th Anniversary Reception: Roberta Bristol, Sheila Cliff,  Maggie Collins, Stephanie Golino, Virginia Lee, Paula Mahoney, Diane Marvin, Val Miranda, Steve Principe, Pamela Randall, Jane Real, Chavela del Rio, Kathy Runyon, Mary Saxon, Micha Scott, Saki Tamao

FutureThink: Nancy Abrams, Maureen Davidson, Jinx Deruisa, Diane Grunes, Sherry Halperin, Holly Blue Hawkins, Ann Hazels, Andrea Lehrer, Marla Stone Lyons, Marti Mariette, Nada Miljkovic, Val Miranda, Micha Scott, Judy Slattum, Made Suriya, Sharon Willis, Nancy Worcester

ArtSmart: Cheryl Caspe, Sheila Cliff, Maggie Collins, Sonia Deetz, Tom Ellison, Stephanie Locke, Esteban Ortiz, Ramon Pulido, Pam Randall, Beth Riley, Meg Sandow, Micha Scott, Laurel Shastri, June Smith, Carmela Woll 

HereAfterHere: Julie Boudreau, Roberta Bristol, Rose Joanne, Maggie Collins, Stephanie Golino, Alexandra Kennedy, JJ Porter, Martha Rabin, Jane Real, Emily Reilly, Carolyn Reynolds, Alan Savat, Mary Saxon, Te Smith, Alexandra Snyder, Marla Stone, Frank Widman

Past Sponsors

Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, California Arts Council's Creative California Communities, Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Downtown Association of Santa Cruz, Fleishhacker Foundation, Good Times Santa Cruz, Greater New Haven Foundation,  KUSP Central Coast Public Radio, Monterey Youth Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Carolyn Hyatt, Maggie Collins, Jasmine Berke and Scott Roseman, Faye Crosby (Cowell College Provost) and Cowell College (UCSC).  

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