Director of Artistic Programs
Email: email@example.comOffice: Room 270, Main Building
Fern Tresvan, a professional dancer for 30 years, has been in dance education for over 40
years. With a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah (1974) and a MFA in Dance
from Southern Methodist University (1983) along with a Lifetime Teaching Credential from
the state of Texas, Ms.Tresvan has taught and performed extensively throughout the
western United States.Fern began her teaching career as dance faculty at the University of Northern Colorado
immediately upon graduation from the University of Utah and, along with Sandra Minton,
strengthened that program for eight years. While pursuing her MFA at Southern Methodist
University, she became a performing member of the Dancers' Unlimited Repertory
Company and worked part-time, then full time as a faculty member at Booker T.
Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts.
Ms. Tresvan's choreography has been seen on many university dance ensembles including
Arizona State University, Southern Missouri State University, and Texas Women's
University. Not only was her work seen on Dancers' Unlimited but also on the Dallas Black
Dance Theatre. Along with her dance credits, Ms.Tresvan spent the first 20 years of her
career as a freelance production stage manager and lighting designer for dance productions.
For the last 23 years, Ms. Tresvan has been on the dance faculty at the Vancouver School of
the Arts and Academics in Vancouver, Washington. Along with her colleague Jackie Sacks,
she was instrumental in developing the state standards for secondary dance in the state.
The Washington Association of Physical Education Recreation and Dance recognized her as
the State's Dance Educator of the Year in 2013. Her long association with writers has turned
her into a closet scribe herself and she will hopefully continue to indulge a recently
discovered passion for acting.
Whenever possible and even when encouraged not to do so, Ms. Tresvan advocates for the
visual and performing arts for all students in all communities.