School of Theater

Faculty

Central Office
Technical Direction
Voice, Speech

Dwight Bacquie has been teaching Voice and Speech for the past twenty five years. Originally trained at the Yale School of Drama, he did Speech Teacher Training with Deborah Hecht at The Juilliard School and NYU-Tisch. Other schools where Dwight has taught Voice and Speech are New School of...

Head of Scene Design

Christopher Barreca was the Scenic Designer for the CalArts Center for New Performance's production of King Lear, both in its world premiere at the Brewery in Los Angeles in 2002 and in France at the Frictions Festival, sponsored by Theatre Dijon Bourgogne. Mr. Barreca has designed...

Staff, Video Supervisor, School of Theater
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Megan E. Carter is a creative producer and dramaturg. She has developed and/or produced devised ensemble work with Ripe Time, Lear deBessonet, SITI Company, Palissimo, and the Rude Mechanicals; new plays by Liz Duffy Adams, Sheila Callaghan, Jessica Dickey, Virginia Grise, Katori Hall, Dominique...

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Faculty, School of Theater

Jonathan Casson is the Director of Business Development for Live and Location Based Entertainment for 20th Century Fox film, television and new media. Jonathan works to identify opportunities for some of the world’s most memorable and successful film and television properties and oversee...

MARISSA CHIBAS is a writer and actor. Marissa is on the Theater School faculty at CalArts where she heads Duende CalArts, a CNP initiative that collaborates with innovative Latin@ and Latin American artists to create adventurous performance.  For Duende she conceived and...

Lighting Design

Lap Chi Chu has designed lighting for Theater, Opera and Dance across the country. New York: The Public, New York Theater Workshop, The Signature Theater, Second Stage, The New Group, Performance Space 122 and The Kitchen. Regional: Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival...

Electrical Supervisor, School of Theater

Sean Conlin is a working Master Electrician, Lighting Director and Manager of Technical Production in Theater, Dance and Live Events. His credits range from corporate events for Hulu, Fox, and Activision to performances by Mikael Barishnikov, Joshua Bell, and Shakespeare's Globe Theater of...

Technical Staff, Head Prop Artist

Christian Cummings is an LA based artist, working for the School of Theater as head props artisan since 2009.

http://christiancummingsart.com

BFA California Institute of the Arts 2004
MFA USC Roski...

Sound Design Faculty, School of Theater
Head of Technical Direction

Michael Joel Constantin Darling is a Wisconsin born sculptor who has been working in New York off-Broadway theatre since 1999. He has worked as the technical director for the Ontological-Hysteric Theater from 1999-2003 and has been a touring technical director/production manager in the United...

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Stacy Dawson Stearns has been an instructor at CalArts since 2003 in both the MFA and BFA performance programs. Within higher education, she has taught at New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, and in the Dance Department at the Columbian School of Arts and Sciences at The George...

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Bart DeLorenzo is a Los Angeles-based theater director and the founding artistic director of the Evidence Room Theater. His recent work with the company includes Marivaux’s The False Servant, Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov, Len Jenkin’s Margo...

Associate Dean, Faculty, School of Theater
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Movement

Heather Ehlers has been a professional actress for 30 years. She appeared on Broadway in Born Yesterday, and starred Off-Broadway in Paradise for the Worried, Educating Rita, and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Other theatre credits include: The Clean House (...

Management Faculty, School of Theater

Cathrin Farrar is a Project Manager at BRC Imagination Arts, an experience design agency in Burbank, California. Her recent work includes the refresh of the Journey to Mars, a permanent exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville, Florida that combines video, scenic...

Costume Design

Martha Ferrara is an award-winning designer of more than 75 productions in theatre, dance, opera, video and performance art. She is perhaps best known for her interpretive reconstruction of costumes for the futurist opera Victory Over The Sun, directed by Robert Benedetti in 1980,...

Head of Video for Performance

Peter Flaherty is a director and video artist whose work has shown in theaters, galleries and museums internationally. His award-winning short film, Signal From Shore, shot in South Korea, played a variety of film festivals and won Best Short Film at the Zero Film...

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Drew Foster is a scenic and costume designer for theatre, spectacle, and immersive entertainment.  Based in Los Angeles, Drew has collaborated with Michael Curry, Es Devlin, and Travis Preston among others. Drew’s theatre design has been showcased at CalArts, REDCAT, the Prague Quadrennial...

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As creative lead for interactive projects at WDI, Joe Garlington was responsible
for the development of interactive attractions for Disney theme parks. Joe
also led long-term visioning for Disney’s Epcot theme park and partnered with WDI
R&D in the development of new...

Theater Faculty, Puppetry

Janie Geiser is an internationally recognized experimental filmmaker and visual/performance artist, whose work is known for its  investigation of the emotional power of inanimate objects its embrace of artifice, and its integration of projection and performance.  “...

Head of Sound Design

Jon Gottlieb, (Head of Sound Designer and Director of Summer Programs) a Los Angeles-based artist, has designed the sound for the last 5 seasons of LA Opera/Education at the COLA. He most recently designed the sound for Master Class with Tyne Daily at the Vaudeville Theatre in London...

Faculty, Acting for the Camera
Performance Faculty

LA native Jason Joel Harris began making films in the 90s as a form of documentation. He filmed professional skateboarders and short skits, and, after he opened his specialty skateboard shop "Time" in Palmdale in 1996, promo videos. A Super 8 film class led him to study at CalArts...

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Aleshea Harris is a playwright, spoken word poet and educator. Her work has been presented at the Costume Shop at American Conservatory Theater, Playfest at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, freeFall Theatre Company, VOXfest at Dartmouth, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Harriet...

Head of Applied Design for Performance: Scenic Art, Visual Communication and Art Direction, Recruitment Manager

Mary Heilman is the Head of the MFA Scene Painting Specialization in Scene Design, where she has created a unique program focused strongly on a professional viewpoint...

Dramaturgy

Heinze received an MFA in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from Yale University and an MFA in performing arts management from Brooklyn College. As a dramaturg, she has worked on numerous productions of classics, new plays, performance and dance pieces, most recently the world premiere of Donald...

Manager of Production Services

Award winning producer/screenwriter Justin Hogan most recently produced the period piece thriller The Spirit Game that world premiered at The Cannes Film Festival 2013. Prior to that, he produced the drama Dirty Beautiful which is set for release in summer of 2014. In 2012...

Producing

Mara Isaacs is a creative producer and founder of Octopus Theatricals, a theatrical producing and consulting company dedicated to fostering an expansive range of compelling theatrical works for local, national and international audiences. She has produced over one hundred productions that have...

Company Manager, Administrative Assistant

L’Oreal Patrice Jackson is the Company Manager for the CalArts School of Theater. She comes from Chicago where she lived for 13 years. She has a BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University and has worked as a professional actor, writer, teacher and administrator for companies...

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Daniel Jackson is a designer and technician specializing in video for interactive and performance environments. He has worked in various capacities with Andrew Schneider, Lars
Jan, The Wooster Group, Young Jean Lee, Radiohole, and Jump-Start Performance Co. You can see his work at ...

Director of Performance; Head of MFA Acting

Mirjana Jokovic was born in Serbia, formerly a part of Yugoslavia. Mirjana started to work professionally as an actor in the movies and at the National Theater in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Soon, she was appearing in numerous television projects and as a lead at the National Theater. Three years...

Art of Themed/Immersive Entertainment Faculty, School of Theater

As Executive Creative Director in charge of Theatrical Development for Walt Disney Imagineering, Michael Jung is in charge of developing theatrical experiences for the Disney theme parks, cruise lines and resorts around the world.

Most recently Michael has been involved with the creation...

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For 28 years Gary has been a professional Production Manager, Technical Director and Technical Supervisor on hundreds of productions, ranging from small regional...

Directing/Screenwriting/Film

Called "the reigning proponent of cut and paste" by J. Hoberman of the Village Voice, master collagist Lewis Klahr has been making films since 1977. He is known for his uniquely idiosyncratic collage films which have screened extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia—...

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Acting Faculty, School of Theater

Born in the heart of Cajun country in Lafayette, Louisiana, Andrea LeBlanc is an actor, teacher, and writer who is committed to all aspects of performance and thrives in pioneering new performance and theatre aesthetics; her experience spans Feature Films, Independent Films, traditionally- based...

Costume Shop Manager

Tanya Lee has worked in various shops throughout the country, including The Boston Ballet and the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University. While at American...

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Faculty, School of Theater
Faculty, School of Theater

Damian Darnell Lewis is an actor/director who has been teaching the craft for over 15 years. He is the Associate Artistic Director for Shakespeare Remixed, a TheatreWorkers Project, which partners with Shakespeare Center of L.A. and the Ensemble Studio Theater. He also holds a Career...

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Rafael Lopez-Barrantes, performer, voice teacher and co-founder of Archipelago Theatre France as well as Archipelago Theatre USA, has been acting, directing and...

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Faculty, School of Theater
Alexander Technique

Babette Markus currently teaches the Alexander Technique to both graduate students and undergrads in the School of Theatre at both the University of Southern California and California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, where she has also taught in the Schools of Music and Dance. She has taught...

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Ilaria Mazzoleni is an architect, biomimicist, and the founder of IM Studio Milano/Los Angeles. She lives and works between Italy and California. Her conceptual work in the fields of sustainable architecture and biomimicry has been...

Director of Design and Production; Head of Costume Design; Robert Corrigan Chair

Recent work includes: Prometheus Bound (Getty Villa), Track 3 (TMB), The Treatment (Boston Court), Bones (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Café Oublie, Dry Cleaning, and most recently Monster of Happiness (TMB), Tug of War (Getty Villa...

Stage Management

Jimmie has stage managed across the country at theatres in cities including New York, Princeton, Charleston, Washington D.C., Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. Here in the Southern California area he has stage managed for Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson,...

Art of Themed/Immersive Entertainment Faculty
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Charles McNulty is the chief theater critic for the Los Angeles Times. A former Village Voice theater critic and editor, he received his doctorate in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from the Yale School of Drama. He was the director of Brooklyn College’s graduate program in...

Head of Lighting Design Program

Anne Militello is a renown theater and architectural lighting designer and fine artist with a career spanning all aspects of creating with light.

Her career began in theater in New York City and eventually to opera, dance and concert stages . Among many awards, she received the...

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Zoe Aja Moore is an LA-based artist and director who works primarily with live performance. Her work has been seen at venues including; The Tank, The Ohio Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Standard Hotel, The Ace Hotel, Bootleg Theater (LAX Festival), and REDCAT as well as in galleries...

Finance Associate, School of Theater
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Anthony Nikolchev is a native Californian, an actor and writer whose work has been seen in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, London, Moscow, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Armenia and extensively in Poland. He is published as a playwright and theatre critic by...

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Daniel Passer’s recent credits include: Versati in Steve Martin’s The...

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Dean, School of Theater; Head of Directing: Artistic Director, CalArts Center for New Performance

Travis Preston is Dean of the CalArts School of Theater and Artistic Director of the CalArts Center for New Performance, the professional producing arm of California Institute of the Arts. He directs theater and opera throughout the world and recently directed the critically-acclaimed CNP...

Fight Choreography, School of Theater

Steve Rankin has been an actor, director and fight director for 35 years. He has worked extensively on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional Theaters. His work is currently in Australia, London and Singapore and at the prestigious Stratford Festival in Canada. He has also staged...

Narrative and Immersive Environments Faculty, School of Theater

Joe Rohde is a Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California. Imagineering is the creative arm of the Walt Disney Company that designs and builds everything from cruise ships, theme parks, rides and attractions, hotels and infrastructure systems for the company’s theme...

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Leon Rothenberg is a Tony award-winning Sound Designer based in New York City who has designed sound and written music for a number of environments including theater, film, dance, installation and the circus. Recent credits include musicals and plays on Broadway and across the country at...

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Originally from Philadelphia, Heidi has made her home in Los Angeles since 2001, and has enjoyed working as an actress, teacher, director and expert vocal coach across the US for the past two decades. She was certified as a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher by Master Teacher Kristin Linklater...

Associate Director of Design and Production
Shannon Scrofano is a Los Angeles-based designer whose work includes...
Theater History

Evelyn Serrano is a Cuban interdisciplinary artist and educator. Serrano graduated with a BFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and a MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts, School of Art, in Valencia, California. She is a Theater of the...

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Jenny Slattery is a freelance stage manager who has worked extensively on Broadway and for regional theatre, dance, and event companies with writers and directors such as Julie Taymor, Franco Dragone, Susan Stroman, Woody Allen, Doug Hughes, Des McAnuff,
Christopher Ashley, Darko Tresnjak...

Scene Design

Michael Smith has taught Scene Design for over twenty years at CalArts. Prior to that, he spent 18 years in New York City where he was involved in theater, opera, film and television. On Broadway, he was involved with over four dozen shows, from The Elephant Man to Aspects Of Love...

Performance Program Coordinator, Faculty, School of Theater

Born and raised in Chicago, Adam J. Smith began acting and public speaking in high school, during which time he became a State Champion and National Semi-Finalist in Original Oratory. He then attended Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude with degrees in theater and economics. He...

Theater School, Director of Advancement and Enrollment; Producing

Leslie Tamaribuchi is an educator and consultant working with artists and creative organizations to develop strategies to become sustainable, stronger and more deeply engaged with their communities. She teaches courses within the Producing program curriculum including fundraising, planning and...

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Faculty, School of Theater

Tschernisch has studied T'ai Chi Ch'uan and theater in China, Canada, India and the U.S. She worked with the San Francisco Actor's Workshop and the Stanford Repertory Theatre prior to coming to CalArts in 1968 for the planning of the Institute. She was Assistant to the Provost and Dean of...

Acting Faculty, School of Theater

Elaine Tse holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and has performed in theatres across the United States and Europe. Some of her credits include: Anthony and Cleopatra at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Merchant of Venice at The Goodman Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare...

Administrative Assistant, School of Theater
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Operations Manager, School of Theater
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Acting Faculty & Assistant Dean, School of Theater

Chi-wang Yang is a Los Angeles-based theater director and interdisciplinary artist. Whether in the form of plays, operas, concerts or installation; his work is physical, experimental, and collaborative. He is committed to expanding notions of identity and theatrical form and to exploring the...

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