Dhera Strauss is Media Producer and teaches Introductory/Advanced Documentary and TV Studio Production at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI. Kitchen Conversations is her latest in an interesting list of documentaries. Read profiles about her that were published in The Kalamazoo Gazette on December 15, 2010, and January 22, 2011.

Recently, Dhera co-produced Donut Day: 24 Hours at Sweetwater's with Amy Levine Stermer. This project captured a full day at the Kalamazoo donut shop, and it has been screened at numerous regional venues. Additionally, with WGVU-TV, she co-produced Stefon Harris: The Art of Listening, a documentary about the jazz vibraphonist. Check WGVU-TV Awards Website for its earned honors.

Dhera's own documentaries include:

  • Los Bandits: More than a Tex-Mex Band tells the story of musical partners and how they brought their talents, creativity, and mission from Mexico and Texas to Western Michigan.
  • Neighbors In The Square highlights the community within a HUD building in a transitional neighborhood in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Read the article from the "Kalamazoo Gazette" published on March 11, 2004.
  • The Early Bird Gets The Wild Double discovers life in a local bingo hall. Read the article from the "Kalamazoo Gazette."
  • The Birth of a Dance follows the choreography of a new modern dance by a local troupe, Wellspring/ Cori Terry and Dancers. Read the article from the "Kalamazoo Gazette."

Dhera also does video art productions and installations; the most recent was Bottlecap Checkers which won the Signature Artists Award through the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

She is a graduate of Earlham College with a B.A. in English Literature.

Download recipe for Dhera's Chocolate Chip Cookies.