Jean Isaacs is a critically acclaimed, award-winning choreographer whose work has been presented in Switzerland, Germany, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada and Poland, as well as on both coasts of the US. In 2002, the Village Voice called her "a warm, witty, and wise choreographer," and the New York Times said of her dances, "...they were intelligent dances danced by sharp, speedy dancers." Isaacs is the Artistic Director of the San Diego Dance Theater, the originator of the annual site-specific project Trolley Dances and the co-founder of the San Diego Dance Alliance, Three's Company and Dancers, and Isaacs/McCaleb & Dancers. She created Cabaret Dances which performs annually at the San Diego Museum of Art, and her work has been commissioned by the San Diego Opera, The La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe Theater, Goodman Theater, The San Diego Repertory Theater, the Berkeley Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theater and for the "New Wave" Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Isaacs collaborates frequently with numerous cross-border partners, including the Centro Cultural and the Casa de la Cultura in Tijuana and the Universidad Autonoma and Paralello 32 in Mexicali, Mexico. She created the Festival of Mexican Contemporary Dance at San Diego State University and earned awards from UC Mexus, the US/Mexico Fund for Culture, Arts International, and the UC Civic Collaborative for this work. Other collaborators include percussionist Steven Schick, actors Jim Winker and Charlie Oates, lighting designer Craig Wolf, director Les Waters, and videographer Joe Solazzo. Recent awards have included the Craig Noel San Diego Theater Critics Award, the Bay Area Theater Critics Award, two California Arts Council Choreography Fellowships, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sign-On San Diego Editors Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award at UC San Diego and the California Dance Educators Associate Artistic Award. Known throughout the world as an advocate for and distinguished educator in modern dance, Jean Isaacs taught technique, choreography, and improvisation at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Theatre and Dance for 25 years. Currently she is the Artistic Director of the Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater and her company is in residence at Dance Place San Diego at the NTC promenade where she directs the SDDT School and creates dances for her beautiful company of eight of the region's most accomplished dancers.