Meet the Judges

The Competition Performances on JUNE 3 & JUNE 4 will be adjudicated by our distinguished panel of judges which includes THE AUDIENCE!

Meet the judges, below:

Lula Washington

Beatriz Barnett

David Massey

The Audience!


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Lula Washington

Lula Washington is Founder and Artistic Director of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT). Lula founded the Company in 1980 with her husband Erwin Washington to provide a creative outlet for minority dance artists in the inner city. Today, Lula and her Company are revered across the United States and around the world. The Company has danced in over 150 cities in the United States, as well as abroad in Germany, Spain, Kosovo, Mexico, Canada, China, and Russia. Lula is admired as a teacher, leader, dancer, and choreographer with a very unique style and approach to dance. Stylistically, Lula fuses African and Afro-Haitian dance. She also incorporates the dance styles of gospel church, classical ballet, modern, street, theatrical, hip hop, while drawing from various ideas and issues. Her works have been praised by critics for their strong political and social commentary, as well as their avant-garde composition and their roots in African-American culture.

Lula is able to make use of her dance studio, company members, students and teachers for major projects, including one of her most recent accomplishments, AVATAR. Prior to choreographing AVATAR, Lula choreographed Disney’s The Little Mermaid movie. One of the songs that she choreographed, “Under The Sea”, won an Academy Award.

Lula has received numerous awards and honors. She was the first woman to earn the Minerva Award from the State of California and First Lady Maria Shriver. Lula’s works have been commissioned by major foundations and dance presenting institutions, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the James Irvine Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and AT&T. Lula’s awards include the 2007 “Carter G. Woodson Civil Rights Award” from the “National Education Association” for her “Reflections In Black” school performance program; the “2009 Uncommon Angel Award” from the LA Commons organization for “transforming the face of Crenshaw Boulevard” by relocating her dance studio there; and the $25,000 Rosenfeld Prize from UCLA for bringing “Reflections In Black” to thousands of school children annually at UCLA Royce Hall. Lula also shared the “Integrity Award” with actress Loretta Devine at the L.A. Women’s Theater Festival in 2007. Lula was also chosen by actress Jane Seymour to be part of her Red Dress Project, formed to bring attention to the issue of heart disease among women and encouraging women to fight the disease by staying active. Jane Seymour’s representation of Lula in her painting celebrates dance, specifically African dance, as an activity that can help build healthy hearts.

Lula has dozens of other accolades including the 2003 “Lady of Wisdom Lifetime Achievement Award” from the from the Modie Bell Senior Citizen’s Foundation; the 2002 “Master of the Arts Award” presented by Recycling Black Dollars for her tireless commitment to dance; the 2001 “Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Performing Artists in Schools Association for her work to bring dance into classrooms at public schools; the 2001 “Educator of the Year Award” presented at the 7th Annual American Choreography Awards Gala; the 2001 “KCET Celebrating The Women of Our Community” Award; the 2000 “Lifetime Achievement Award” presented at Dance Fest 2000 for her concert dance work in Los Angeles; and the 2000 “Lester Horton Award for Sustained Achievement” presented by the The Dance Resource Center in recognition of her 20 years of continuous excellence in dance in Los Angeles.


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Beatriz Barnett

Beatriz Gil Barnett is the Theater Manager at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater in the City of Temecula. Mrs. Barnett is currently a California Presenters’ Board Member. She is also a member of Western Arts Alliance and California Parks & Recreation Society. In addition to managing Temecula’s Theater, Mrs. Barnett oversee the Cultural Arts Division at the City of Temecula which includes two museums (History Museum and Children’s Museum) and all Arts, Culture, and Events. Mrs. Barnett’s professional experience spans over 25 years in performing arts, online education, and continuing higher education. She has successfully branded, launched, and marketed a start-up online education company and Temecula’s $17-million municipal performing arts center. Throughout her entire career, she has been responsible for developing and implementing marketing, advertising, and public relations strategies, as well as, responsible for managing multi-million dollar budgets. She has been managing all Theater operations since 2011. Since Temecula Theater’s opening day in 2005, Mrs. Barnett has been responsible for all branding, marketing, advertising, and public relations efforts for the Theater and Temecula Presents. In addition, she manages the Theater’s master calendar, contracts, rentals, and bookings, in addition to producing Temecula Presents’ diverse, professional programming, which includes OnStage Musicals’ All Star Big Band / Cabaret Orchestra, California Chamber Orchestra, concerts, jazz, comedy, theater, ballet, modern dance, Club at The Merc, Gallery at The Merc, anniversary events, and arts education outreach programs. Marketing and communications materials Mrs. Barnett has created and written have also been recognized annually with the “Award of Excellence” by the California Parks and Recreation Society for Temecula Theater’s Marketing Campaigns and Season Brochures (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014). As an enthusiastic advocate for the performing arts, Mrs. Barnett’s vision for the Theater in the coming years is to inspire the next generation of patrons, to enrich the lives of families in our growing multi-cultural community, and to reflect this diversity in future programming. She is committed to providing quality entertainment, creating engaging arts marketing, and implementing effective audience development techniques. With established networks in the Los Angeles, San Diego, and Riverside Counties, and existing relationships with artist agents, producers, and arts management companies, Mrs. Barnett is a confident and successful entertainment impresario that continues to add value to the Theater and pride to the City of Temecula. As an experienced and creative arts management professional, Mrs. Barnett enjoys motivating people to develop their skills to their maximum potential. She possesses the research skills, fiscal responsibility, and organizational abilities to effectively lead staff and manage facilities through thoughtful and creative approaches to challenges. Supported by Temecula Theater’s staff, resident companies, producers, arts management agents, and patrons, their mission is to welcome everyone to experience first-rate entertainment, music, and dance performances that are affordable and so close to home at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Mrs. Barnett is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and also earned a Professional Designation in Advertising Certification from UCLA Extension. She resides in Winchester, California, along with her family, husband Jeff (whom she met at Carson High School); their three triple-threats: Danielle (23); Jillian (19); and Sean (13); and a trio of dogs: Milo, Honey, and Guinness.


Dave Massey

Dave Massey

Dave Massey is a dance educator, choreographer, and movement researcher. He is full-time faculty at MiraCosta College and holds his MFA in Dance from UC, Irvine. Dave performed professionally for over 15 years before stepping into the world of academia. His concert dance work has won several awards internationally including the prestigious gold award for choreography from the Jazz Dance World Congress. Dave has traveled from Australia to Europe teaching his dynamic contemporary and jazz dance styles.


Audience-EngagementTHE AUDIENCE represents the ‘fourth judge’ in our competition performances. Your vote counts!! (3-D glasses not required!)