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Shane Scopatz

Grad Student
Environmental Art + Social Practice MFA Candidate

Shane Scopatz (he/him) is a dancer, choreographer, and multimedia artist. He grew up dancing in California and graduated from the University of Califonia, Irvine, with a BFA in Dance. He spent most of his professional performance career in Tel Aviv, Israel dancing for the Batsheva Dance Company, the Inbal Dance Theater Company and freelancing. A drive to choreograph environmentally-themed works inspired him to move to the remote desert of the Colorado Plateau, to Corvallis, Oregon, where he received an MA in Environmental Arts and Humanities, and now to Santa Cruz to dive deeper into his practice as an MFA student in the Environmental Art and Social Practice program. Shane believes art is essential in the struggle for environmental and climate justice. In the shell of the old, his performance work aims to build a world of ecological flourishing for humans and the more-than-human.