About Debra

Debra Levine (CBA ’16), a Los Angeles-based dance critic, has been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, La Opinion, Long Beach Press Telegram, South China Morning Post and Dance Magazine. A specialist in the choreographer Jack Cole, Levine curated All That Jack (Cole), a historic two-week retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in January 2016. She has produced and hosted dance-on-film events at MoMA, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, UCLA Film & Television Archive, and Dance Camera West. In 2012, Levine co-hosted, with Robert Osborne, Choreography by Jack Cole, a full-evening broadcast on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Her long essay, Theodore Kosloff and Cecil B. DeMille Meet Madam Satan was published by the University of Southern California Institute of Modern Russian Culture Experiment No 20 (Brill: 2014), and she contributed the foreword to Gotta Dance: The Art of the Dance Movie Poster (Lagoon Press: 2014). Levine has received support from UCLA Library Special Collections James and Sylvia Thayer Research Fellowship, Cecil B. DeMille Foundation, and Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation. She has twice been a Fellow at NEA Arts Journalism Institutes and was twice in residence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Levine is editor/publisher of arts•meme, the fine-arts blog she founded in 2008.

Jack Cole: A Biography

At the Center, Levine continued her work on a biography of jazz choreographer Jack Cole.