Program Faculty

Mecca Andrews
Faculty, Movement

Mecca Vazie Andrews works in a variety of contexts within the arts and education. In 2007, she established mecca v.a & The MOVEMENT movement in an effort to explore experimental dance, sound, and theater techniques revolving around social practice, utilizing progressive movements as a... Continue reading »

Deborah Aquilla

After graduating from NYU's TISCH SCHOOL of the ARTS and THE STELLA ADLER CONSERVATORY, Deborah Aquila worked on the first two seasons of "MIAMI VICE" and several feature films including Michael Mann's "MAN HUNTER" and "THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE,” as an associate. Her independent... Continue reading »

Marissa Chibás
Faculty, Acting
Director of Duende CalArts

Marissa Chibás is a writer, filmmaker, actor, recipient of a TCG Fox Fellowship in Distinguished Achievement, and a NewFilmakers LA filmmaker of the month award (September 2019). Marissa’s work was described by the New Yorker as “...impassioned and physically unstinting acting. We... Continue reading »

Heather Ehlers
Faculty, Movement

Heather Ehlers has been a professional actress for over 30 years. She appeared on Broadway in Born Yesterday, and in The Manson Family at Lincoln Center. She starred Off-Broadway in Paradise for the Worried, Educating Rita, and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Other theatre credits include: The Clean... Continue reading »

Estela Garcia
Faculty, Movement

A Los Angeles born native, Estela Garcia is an actress, movement coach, deviser, community engagement specialist, mask maker/performer, teacher and tinkerer of materials. She received her MFA from Dell'Arte in ensemble based physical theater and was a student of the late Mary Overlie,... Continue reading »

Mary Louise Gemmill

ML Gemmill Mary Louise (ML) was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At a young age, she trained with The Lee Strasberg Institute and with Stella Adler in her invitation-only Master Class. In 1984 she was selected to participate in the inaugural year of the Vassar Powerhouse Theatre... Continue reading »

Julanne Chidi Hill
Faculty, Speech

For over a decade, Julanne Chidi Hill has taught acting, speech, and devised theatre, and has brought Shakespeare to classrooms. She has also provided training and workshops to teachers and institutions throughout the Pasadena and L.A. Unified School Districts. And she is a professional acting... Continue reading »

* Faculty Emeritus
Part-time Faculty