Margo Apostolos, PhD

Co-Director, Cedars-Sinai/USC Glorya Kaufman Dance Medicine Center

Associate Professor and Director of Dance, USC School of Theatre


Margo Apostolos, PhD, is Co-Director of the Cedars-Sinai/USC Glorya Kaufman Dance Medicine Center. She is also Associate Professor and Director of Dance at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, where she developed the Dance Minor program in Theatre, directs the dance concert each semester and coordinates the Open Gate Dance Program.

Director of Dance at the School of Theatre, Dr. Apostolos has authored and presented numerous articles on her research and design in Robot Choreography. In addition to her doctoral and post-doctoral studies at Stanford University, she earned a master's in Dance from Northwestern University. She has served as visiting professor in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University and has taught in Chicago, San Francisco, at Stanford University, Southern Illinois University and California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. A recipient of the prestigious NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship, Dr. Apostolos worked for NASA at Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Cal Tech as a research scientist in the area of space telerobotics. At the Annenberg Center for Communication, Dr. Apostolos conducted research on facial expressions and human-computer interactions.

Dr. Apostolos' work in this area continues in collaboration with the USC neuroscience program. She was named a Southern California Studies Center faculty fellow, where she is surveying theatre and dance in the Southern California region.

Currently, Stanford University is providing funding for Dr. Apostolos' work in the area of "Dance for Sports" in collaboration with the Stanford Athletic Department. This work was presented to the International Olympic Committee in Sydney, Australia, for the 2000 Games and in preparation for the Salt Lake City Games in 2002. Dr. Apostolos developed the Dance Minor program in Theatre, directs the dance concert each semester and coordinates the Open Gate Dance Program. In 2004, she presented at the Athens IOC meeting on Dance for Sports and at the World Congress of Dance. This past spring, she was instrumental in bringing internationally-renown director/choreographer Mark Morris to campus for a workshop that integrated motion capture technology and robotics with modern dance.

Most recently, Dr. Apostolos co-founded the Cedars-Sinai/USC Glorya Kaufman Dance Medicine Center, a specialized treatment center - the first of its kind in Los Angeles - offering preventive care and treatment specifically designed for professional and recreational dancers.