Program Faculty

Travis Preston
Dean, Head of Directing
Executive Artistic Director, CalArts Center for New Performance

Travis Preston is Artistic Director of the CalArts Center for New Performance and Dean of the CalArts School of Theater. He directs theater and opera throughout the world. Most recently, he completed the world premiere of CalArts Center for New Performance’s Augustine Machine ou... Continue reading »

Joe Rohde
Faculty, Narrative and Immersive Environments

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... Continue reading »

Melissa Ruge
Faculty, School of Theater
Stage Management

Melissa Ruge is a Ventura County based freelance stage manager and the Production Manager at the Lehrer Vocal Institute of Music Academy of the West. Her love of storytelling through performance started at an early age singing, acting, and dancing at community events and producing small scale... Continue reading »

Victor Sandoval Torres
Costume Shop Director

Victor Sandoval Torres holds a BFA in Theater Management from California Institute of the Arts, and has been Associate Costume Shop Manager for the School of Theater since 2017. At CalArts, Victor enjoys guiding BFA and MFA students through the physical production process, including sourcing and... Continue reading »

Shannon Scrofano
Associate Director of Experience Design and Production

Shannon Scrofano is a Los Angeles-based designer whose work includes interdisciplinary performance, public space, exhibition, curation and dialogue projects internationally and throughout the US.  She collaborates with communities, organizations and other artists to explore... Continue reading »

Evelyn Serrano
Faculty, School of Theater
Theater History

Evelyn Serrano is an LA-based, Cuban experimental multimedia and performance artist, educator, and independent curator working at the intersection of creative placemaking, memory, community engagement, activism, and land stewardship. Serrano received her MFA in Studio Art and Integrated Media... Continue reading »

Amanda Shank
Faculty, School of Theater
Associate Dean

Amanda Shank is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles, California. With an experimental practice rooted in the interplay between text, image, and performance, her work frequently explores themes of women’s identity and sexuality while also dismantling traditional notions of form,... Continue reading »

* Faculty Emeritus
Part-time Faculty