Program Faculty

Tyrone Davis
Faculty, School of Theater

Tyrone Davis is a director, producer, educator, and artistic leader. He previously served as Associate Artistic Director at Center Theatre Group where he provided leadership and direction for artistic programming at the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Before... Continue reading »

Karen Gutierrez
Producing Faculty
School of Theater

Karen Gutierrez is a graduate of the University of Southern California and has been working in the cultural arts for 24 years. In addition to her role as the Director of Advertising & Audience Development at the Geffen Playhouse and member of the Geffen Playhouse Diversity, Equity and... Continue reading »

Mara Isaacs
Faculty, Producing

Mara Isaacs is a Tony® and Grammy® Award winning producer and founder of Octopus Theatricals, an independent production company dedicated to fostering an expansive range of compelling theatrical works for local, national, and international audiences.  She has produced over 150... Continue reading »

George Lugg
Consulting Producer, CalArts Center for New Performance

George Lugg is a producer, curator, and consultant who has been working in the field of contemporary performance for 30 years. As a producer, he currently works for CalArts Center for New Performance and with independent artists Faye Driscoll and Emily Johnson. Recent projects include the world... Continue reading »

Shay Wafer
Faculty, School of Theater

Shay Wafer has demonstrated a stalwart dedication to the arts and community development through many years of service to the field. Her passionate vision is balanced with pragmatic experience, as she has held senior level positions at several non-profit arts organizations with a focus on African... Continue reading »

Rui Xu
Faculty, School of Theater

Rui Xu is an LA-based interdisciplinary producer and a PMP® (Project Management Professional) Certification holder who is committed to supporting and raising daring voices for underrepresented groups through the facilitation of art-making. Xu's projects with the CalArts Center for New... Continue reading »

* Faculty Emeritus
Part-time Faculty