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 »

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 »

Alex Dawson
Faculty, School of Theater

Alex Dawson began teaching yoga in 2002 for Kathleen Turner and the cast of The Graduate on Broadway in NYC.  Alex’s classes have been described as “transformative, healing, fun, and deceptively challenging.” She did her 200 hour teacher training at Sonic Yoga in New York... Continue reading »

Jessica De Lima-Moran
Faculty, School of Theater

Jessica Carla de Lima-Moran (AKA “Formanda Pavão) has been a capoeirista for 25 years, training and teaching under world-renowned master teacher, Mestre Boneco of Capoeira Brasil Los Angeles. When not working with Capoeira locally, Pavão travels extensively throughout the world, teaching... Continue reading »

Sarahjeen Francois
Faculty, School of Theater

Sarahjeen François is a performer and playwright whose creative work is an exploration of the Afro-mythic which participates in the rich, cultural practices derived from traditional and contemporary African storytelling. Her artistic endeavors have led her to work with The Atlantic Center for... Continue reading »

Estela Garcia
Faculty, School of Theater

A Los Angeles born native, Estela Garcia is a performer, movement coach, deviser, community engagement specialist, mask maker, teacher, and tinkerer of materials. She received her MFA from Dell'Arte in ensemble based physical theater. In addition to being Movement faculty at CalArts, Garcia... Continue reading »

Mary Claire Garcia
Faculty, School of Theater

Mary Claire Garcia is a native Angeleno, working actress, singer, and phonetician. She is an MFA graduate of California Institute of the Arts in Acting, with focus in Speech Pedagogy under tutelage of Dwight Bacquie. As faculty at various studios in Los Angeles, Mary Claire coaches acting,... Continue reading »

* Faculty Emeritus
Part-time Faculty