Jeff Michael Rebudal is dance area head and associate professor of dance and choreography at Wayne State University. He received an MFA in performing arts from American University and a BA in dance from University of Hawaii-Manoa. He is artistic director of New York and Detroit-based Rebudal Dance and is an original founding member of the critically acclaimed Se'n Curran Company in which he performed and toured throughout the nation and abroad from 1995 to 2003, in addition to performing with H.T. Chen & Dancers and Andrew Jannetti & Dancers. Prior to moving to New York, Rebudal studied and performed professionally with Pam Sandridge in Honolulu, where he has born and raised in Oahu's Kalihi Valley. In 1996 Prof. Rebudal began his career in academia as a visiting assistant professor at Connecticut College, University of Oklahoma and Wells College, in addition to being a guest artist at Arizona State University, West Texas A & M and UH-Manoa.
Rebudal's theatre and opera credits include L'Etoile for New York City Opera, Opera de Montreal, Glimmerglass Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Austin Lyric Opera and Bergen National Opera (Norway). He choreographed The Two Gentlemen of Varona at the Old Globe and Carmen for Cincinnati Opera. He also choreographed Romeo et Juiliette, La Traviata, La Rondine and A Little Night Music for Michigan Opera Theatre. His work The Role of Dance and Choreography in Contemporary Opera was funded with a Wayne State University Research Grant.
Prof. Rebudal's professional concert dance choreography has been presented in New York at Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Dance, Cunningham Studio, the American Museum of Natural History and the 92nd St. Y, Downtown Dance Festival and DUMBO Dance Festival. Other venues include the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, Anargyrios & Korialenios Theatre and Theatre of Helioupolis in Greece, Dance Place in Washington, DC, International Dance Festival in Connecticut, Arts Boundaries Unlimited in Florida, the Alexandria Dance Festival in Virginia and Montclair State University. The New Yorker described Rebudal's dances as a "fruitful meld of contemporary dance with Filipino folk forms" while Opera News stated it as 'delightful choreography. a bright moment' (Carmen). Rebudal's past project titled Spero Meliora intersected dance and interactive multi-media with live original music which explored civic life and the urban revitalization of Detroit and was performed at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Also at the DIA, Rebudal created a dance and performance production of Stravinky's Fire Bird for the renowned museum's Faberge exhibition in 2013.
Rebudal also serves on the board of directors and is a regional director for American College Dance Association, was a dance panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts and a USA Delegate for the World Dance Alliance Conference. Grants he has received include the Asian American Arts Alliance/JP Morgan Chase Regrant, Ruth and Seymore Klein Foundation, 92nd St. Y Harkness Space Grant and Connecticut College R.F. Johnson Grant, Wayne State University Research Grant and Research Enhancement Program in the Arts.