Theatre: Faculty and Staff

Kent-McFann.jpgKent McFann

Kent McFann, is the head of the Entertainment and Theatre Technology program, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, and a theatre professor at Saddleback College. He has been involved in theatre and the entertainment industry in varying capacities since he was a child when he spoke the line, "Walk on water?" in the musical The King and I. When he decided acting wasn't his future, he pursued the many avenues possible in technical theatre.

Mr. McFann received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Set Design from the California Institute of the Arts and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Set Design from Purchase College (aka SUNY Purchase).

He has designed scenery for numerous theatre shows, the most notable of which was for an off-off Broadway original production, Cross Your Heart directed by A. Dean Irby. Mr. McFann has also worked professionally as a television Art Director. His work in television includes work on music award shows, game shows, music specials, and reality shows. He was nominated for a 2000 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for HBO's 'Cher Live from the MGM'. Mr. McFann's other design work includes storefront interior design and museum design. He is also the co-inventor of the MUT PinSplitter and MUT Handle.

Although Mr. McFann is proud of all his work, one of his favorite roles is that of volunteer designer and technical consultant for the free afterschool drama program at Carl Hankey K-8 in Mission Viejo.


William-McGuire.jpgWilliam Francis McGuire

His theater acting credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, A Wrinkle In Time, A Christmas Carol, Tartuffe and Pacific Playwright Festival's The Few at South Coast Repertory Theatre. He spent five years as acompany member of the Guthrie Theater, where he performed in Joanne Akalaitis' The Rover, Garland Wright's productions of Naga Mandala and The Seagull, Bartlett Sher's production of The Good Hope, Anne Justine D'Zmura's production of Peer Gynt and many more.  Other theatre credits include Henry V and Macbeth at the Shakespeare Theatre, Tropeano Paints at the Bay Street Theatre, The Boys NextDoor at the American Repertory Theatre, Searchand Destroy at Yale Repertory, Desperate Affection at the Cricket Theatre, Goodand Faithful Servant at the Actors Playhouse and Creeps at the Actors Collective.

His film credits include The Day After Tomorrow and Mission Impossible III, among many others. Television credits include 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd (series regular), CSI, Castle, Saving Grace, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, The Mentalist, Weeds, Numb3rs, CrossingJordan, Navy N.C.I.S., Without A Trace, NYPD Blue, ER and many more as well as the movies-of-the-week Tru Confessions and Dad's Home.  He has starred in numerous national commercials and voiceovers, where he is perhaps best known as the Dodge Ram Hemi Guy.

William has also served as the movement/fight choreographer and voice/dialect coach on numerous productions at theatres and Universities including Cal Rep, Cricket Theater, The History Theater, Denison University, and Cal State Long Beach.

William has taught at Cal State LongBeach, Denison University, Guthrie Theater Education Program, UCLA Extension, and University of Minnesota MFA acting program.  He has also taught CSULB study-abroad theater programs in Ireland and Tanzania.

His training includes extensive study with William Esper, Robert Neff Williams and Dell'Arte in Bali, Indonesia.  He has a BFA in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama.


Jonelle-Allen.jpgJonelle Allen

Ms. Allen, who spent six years as Grace, the entrepreneurial post-Civil War frontier café owner in CBS-TV’s Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, was four years old when she was cast in the revival Wisteria Trees starring Helen Hayes, Ossie Davis, Cliff Robertson and others at the New York City Center Theatre. In the course of the play’s run, Ms. Hayes took Ms. Allen’s Aunt Bea aside and advised her, “Keep this child in the theatre, she has a natural gift.” It wasn’t until some twenty years later at Sardi’s that Jonelle again saw Helen Hayes in person. Ms. Allen was in the spotlight at the famed theatrical hangout awaiting the first reviews following her opening night of the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, in which she starred and which Ms. Hayes had attended. Rushing up to a great actress and assuming that she would not recognize her, Ms. Allen recounted the circumstances and what Ms. Hayes had said to her Aunt Bea years earlier. Ms. Hayes smiling simply said, “See…I was right.” Ms. Allen received a Tony nomination as Best Actress in a Musical and won the Drama Critics, Drama Desk, Theater World, and Outer Circle Awards for her performance as Silvia in the New York Shakespeare Festival production. Other Broadway credits include the original casts of Hair and George M, starring Joel Grey and Bernadette Peters. Ms. Allen has appeared in numerous feature films and television productions including Hotel New Hampshire, Cagney and Lacey, Hill Street Blues, Generations, Twice In A Lifetime for PAX-TV and Strong Medicine for Lifetime Network. Ms. Allen won a Dramalogue for her performance of Aldonza in Man of La Mancha prior to embarking on the phenomenal run Dr. Quinn.

Ms. Allen also wrote and starred in Harlem Renaissance: The Life of Florence Mills which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland last year. This show was choregraphed by Ellen Prince, another Saddleback faculty member. Ms Allen is also going to perform Harlem Renaissance in the United States.

 


Beverly-Arrowsmith.jpgBeverly Arrowsmith

Beverly Arrowsmith is a working actor/director/playwright, and screenwriter. She is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild and The Orange County Playwright's Alliance. Her play, Four Play won the LAPAC's "Best Play" award. Her screenplay, Protecting Amerika, received a finalist position in The Writer's Network (Shane Black) Awards. She directed the world premiere of Miss Mary, by Broadway playwright, Muriel Resnick. Also, she directed Labor Pains which won a "Dramatist Award." In the past she appeared on "Archie's Place" and currently can be seen in many commercials - - "Discover Boat Show," "National University," "Easy Turf," "Dixieline Lumber," to mention a few. She has studied with some of the greats - - David Alexander, Jose Quintero, and Edward Albee. Some of her roles include: Jessica in Cat's Paw; Grace in Bus Stop; Blanche in Streetcar Named Desire; Elvira in Blythe Spirit, Meip in Diary of Anne Frank; and many more. Arrowsmith loves her position as a professor; she is pleased to share her working knowledge with her students and finds great pleasure in helping them hone their craft.


jsb_july_2013.jpgJody Berger

Jody Berger earned an M.F.A, in Theatre Manaement from the University of California, Long Beach. She received a B.A. in Theatre Arts at the University of California, Fullerton. Her professional experience spans more than 25 years in producing, fundraising, and event planning. Having founded and produced Kids Stuff Expo from 1985 – 1999, Jody’s vision and entrepreneurship resulted in Southern California’s original “edu-tainment” event. Combining fun and learning have been Jody’s passion since grade school and Kids Stuff Expo was just the start.

Jody joined Saddleback College as a part-time instructor in 2006. Maintaining her position as an associate faculty member in the theatre department at CSU, Long Beach as well, Jody teaches theatre studies on two campuses. Her classes challenge students to view theatre through the lens of a social historian; examining, probing, and focusing on a greater understanding of the human heart, mind, and soul.  Her classes are not about gathering data. Rather, she demands that her students confront questions honestly, discern notions of "myth" and those of "reality,” examine the meaning of "subjective truth" and discover the role of storytelling through the ages. Additionally, Jody coaches ESL students who wish to improve pronunciation of the English language. 

Jody is passionate about student success.  Drawing from 5 years of experience as a faculty mentor at CSULB, Ms. Berger is equipped to provide support and guidance to students regardless of campus affiliation. You may reach Jody via email, Skype, or schedule a face-to-face meeting. Email: jberger@saddleback.edu. Skype: jodysue.berger

 


headshot_3.jpgHal Landon

Hal Landon is a founding member of South Coast Repertory where he has appeared in over one-hundred productions.  Some of his favorite roles have been Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Morgan in Drawer Boy, Edgar in Play Strindberg, Teach in American Buffalo, Orgon and Tartuffe in separate productions of Tartuffe, and Prospero in The Tempest, and this year, for the thirty fourth consecutive year, he will play Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.  He has also appeared at other regional theatres including the Mark Taper Forum and The Globe Theatre in San Diego.  His film roles include Eraserhead, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and their subsequent Bogus Journey, Pacific Heights, Prison, Playing by Heart, and the academy award winner The Artist. His numerous television appearances include guest parts on CSI:NY, The Closer, Numb3rs, and My Name is Earl.

Hal is a recipient of Arts Orange County’s Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award and OC Weekly’s Contribution to Orange County Theatre Award.  He also received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award nomination for his role in Drawer Boy.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Drama degree from the University of Arizona and studied extensively with George Shdanoff.  Mr. Shdanoff was a close personal friend and colleague of the great actor and teacher Michael Chekov.

His teaching experience includes beginning acting, advance acting, and acting for the camera classes at South Coast Repertory and Long Beach City College where he has also served as a director. 


Maria-Mayenzet.jpgMaria Mayenzet

Maria Mayenzet teaches Video Production Basics and Performance for Television and Film. She is also the faculty advisor for the Theatre Arts Club and Communication Arts Multi-Media Club (TACCAM) on campus.

Ms. Mayenzet's career has spanned over 25 years working in regional theatre, film and television. Her favorite theatre roles include Frida in Cal Rep's Dreams of a Sunday Afternoon, Nurse Edna in Cider House Rules, Calista in The Fair Penitent at L.A.T.C and the title role in Tamara.

Her film credits include Jagged Edge, Proud Men, Dead Sexy, Macbeth and Messenger of Death. Her television credits include Tour of Duty, Forever, Journey to Mars, Mancuso FBI and Murder She Wrote.

She has conducted classes and workshops for California State University, Long Beach, Saddleback College and Eckerd College, Florida. Her original work, Women of the World, was a spring offering in the studio theatre and proceeds went to Amnesty International.

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Kaitlyn Pietras 

Kaitlyn is an LA-kaitlyn.jpgbased scenic and projection designer who is dedicated to exploiting and merging the mediums of theatre, architecture, and film into her work. Her work has been seen at theatres such as Boston Court, the Lillian, and Celebration Theatre. She recently designed projections for Saddleback College’s production of “Legally Blonde”. She holds a MFA in Design for Theatre + Entertainment Media from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Clemson University. Kaitlyn is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

 


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Director, playwright, designer and performer Robert Prior creates multi-disciplinary theater works inspired by world mythology and literature. He is the Founder/Director of Los Angeles' celebrated Fabulous Monsters Performance Group with whom he has created over twenty pieces during the last eighteen years. Several of these productions have won multiple awards including; Speed-Hedda, Project: Alice, A Grimm Evening, Voluptuous Madness, and The Importance of Being Earnest, and Ramayana 2K2.  The Company toured to Chicago with "Earnest" in 1997 and to La MaMa in New York with Speed-Hedda in 1999.  His most recent work with the Monsters was Shadowdance in Toyland, featuring shadow puppets interacting with live performers, and Wilde’s Salome.

In 2002, the Company began an extensive development process centered on the Ramayana myth. With choreographer Stephen Hues, Prior visited Indonesia to experience its dance drama forms and do research for the project.  The result was the award-winning Ramayana 2K2, a theatrical spectacle integrating dancers, actors, acrobats, puppetry, and an electronic score. It had a successful run at La MaMa and was nominated for five New York Drama Desk Awards. This led to Prior and Hues collaborating on a large scale revival of the musical Hair in Toronto.

Robert recently completed his MFA in Directing at California State University at Long Beach and is very excited to be teaching and directing at Saddleback College this fall.

As a designer, Prior has worked with the Long Beach Opera, The Actors Gang, The LA Children's Opera, and Metallica. He has won numerous awards (LA Weekly, Garland, Ovation Awards) for his set and costume designs


olivia2.jpgOlivia Trevino

Olivia Trevino graduated from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in 2009 with a BA in Theatre Arts-dual emphasis in acting and directing. She was the lead teacher/director of International City Theatre’s Summer Acting Conservatory in 2009 and 2010, as well as the improv teacher for the Long Beach Playhouse’s 2012 Summer Conservatory. Olivia’s first production at Saddleback was the Women of Lockerbie, and she is honored to have been asked back to direct Dead Man's Cell Phone. This Spring she will be directing Red Light Winter for the undergraduate theatre department at CSULB. Other directing credits include The Elephant (Alive Theatre Play Festival) Mr. Marmalade and Trojan Barbie (Garage Theatre) and Cloud Tectonics and Vigils(Long Beach Playhouse). Olivia has also had the honor of assistant directing at International City Theatre, South Coast Repertory, the UCLA School of Theatre, California Repertory and, most recently, The Juilliard School in New York City. She would like to thank the students and staff of the Saddleback Department of Theatre Arts for their passion and dedication. 

 

 


davidanthony.jpgDavid Anthony Hall

David is a composer, conductor, arranger and pianist. His choral works have been performed in over 15 countries. Outside of his private vocal coaching practice, David is on faculty full-time at The Young Americans College of the Arts.  He is adjunct faculty at Saddleback College in the Department of Theatre Arts. As a music director, David has worked with Carol Channing, Matthew Morrison, Lindsay Mendez, Krysta Rodriguez, Cathy Rigby, Davis Gaines and many more. His students have won most major competitions and have gone to schools such as Carnegie Mellon, NYU, PACE, Michigan, USC, UCLA, Boston Conservatory and Emerson. David also serves on the board of directors for The Public Theatre of Southern California. His favorite thing to do is create new works of theatre with Jonelle Allen. They have created shows for Saddleback such as an original version of A Christmas Carol, The Journey and the MainStage Kids' production of a revue called Give My Regards to Broadway


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Lex musically directed numerous shows at Saddleback College. Though primarily a jazz pianist, Lex has been moving more and more into musical theatre. He has played piano or violin in the pit for many musicals including: Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me, Kate, Batboy the Musical, Anything Goes, Babes in Toyland, Westside Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and tick, tick...BOOM! He has also acted as music director for Cabaret, Snoopy!, and The Wiz. He has a degree in music from the University of California at Irvine.

 


Diane-Lewis.jpgDiane Lewis

Diane Lewis has worked in the Saddleback College Costume Shop since 1991. She has been the designer for over 120 Saddleback theatre productions- which include a wide variety of shows ranging from musicals such as "Barnum" and "Rocky Horror Show" to classics by Moliere, Shakespeare and Ibsen, to children's fairy tales. She worked for other theatres as well, designing and building the costumes for Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Gondoliers," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the "Taming of the Shrew" for the Camino Real Playhouse and Shakespeare by the Sea. For many years Diane also designed and built competition dance costumes, winning several first-place "Showstopper" awards for her "Scheherazade" dance solo costume. Diane was also commissioned to build a large "Doughnut Man" for Winchell's Doughnuts; it appeared on television and sporting events. Besides costume building, Diane also enjoys sculptural processes such as those involved with mask making and puppet construction. She is thrilled that Modified Bunraku puppets produced by her students made their debut this last summer in "Passport to the Arts" productions of "Rumpelstiltskin" and "Puss-in-Boots."

Diane began constructing and costuming puppets at an early age and went on to costume plays in middle school. She received AA and BA degrees in Studio Art with an emphasis in textiles and finally an MA from the Art Department at California State University, Long Beach. Designing costumes and makeup for the stage is fascinating process that encompasses many fields of study; for many productions before the garment itself is constructed historical and literary research is required.

At Saddleback College, we produce plays of practically every type and so experience is gained in many different areas. Come join us!


Tim-Swiss.jpgTim Swiss

Tim hails from Baltimore and has been designing lights professionally for fifteen years. He served as the Master Electrician for Bay Street Theatre, The Washington Ballet, and Area Stage Fitchlander Theater.He taught Lighting Design at Penn State University and The California Institute of the Arts.

He is the Resident Lighting Designer of the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles and was nominated for an Ovation Award for the design of "The Bacchae" at Celebration Theatre.

He has a degree in Lighting Design from Syracuse University.

 

 

 


mikemccormick.jpgMichael McCormick

Michael in the technical director for our theatre performances at Saddleback College. He fell in love with woodworking at a very young age. By the age of 25, he opened his first woodworking business and shortly after, was commissioned to build the stage for the Royal Theatre aboard the Queen Mary. Since then, he has either built scenery or worked as a stage hand in television and theatre for numerous shows including Chelsea Handler, Wild n Out, Daytime Emmys, the Rose Parade, SpongeBob SquarePants, Alma Awards, Big Brother, and KTLA Morning Show.

 

 


michellejackson.jpgMichelle Macdougall Jackson

Michelle is the Theatre Production Manager at Saddleback College. She has a B.A. in Theatre and an M.F.A. in Stage Management from the University of California, Irvine. She has worked as a Stage Manager for Disneyland Resort, Entertainment for several years, and she managed various special events for the resort. Michelle has served as Production Stage Manager for dozens of productions and was Assistant Stage Manager for the live Tony Awards party presented by the actor’s Fund. She has been Associate Producer of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts fundraiser and gala and acted as Company Manager for the World Premiere of Suzan-Lori Park’s 365/365.