Theatre Arts: Faculty and Staff

William Francis McGuireWilliam Francis McGuire

Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, 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 a company 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 Next Door at the American Repertory Theatre, Search and Destroy at Yale Repertory, Desperate Affection at the Cricket Theatre, Good and 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, Crossing Jordan, 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.


Kent McFannKent McFann

Kent McFann, is the head of the Entertainment and Theatre Technology program 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 Pin Splitter 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.


Kent McFannMichal Calacino

Michael is a physical theater story teller based in Los Angeles. His physical theater credits include, The Iliad, Hecuba, She, and Oedipus the King. He loves using Greek theater as a base to devise physical works. Besides performing with the physical theater group Counterbalance Theater, Shakespeare Orange County, the New Swan Shakespeare Festival, and touring the country with Peppa Pig Live, he has also had lead rolls in films such as Bacon’s Rebellion, Preggers, and Roleplay. Most recently Michael has been working in the stunt industry as a stunt man and fighter in tv and commercials. This has allowed him to combine his 9 years of martial arts training, and love of bringing the physical world alive on film. 

Michael holds an MFA in Acting from UC Irvine, a BFA in Acting from Westminster College, is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medecine, and trains with the Academy of Theatrical Combat.


Kent McFannShadi Ghaheri

Shadi Ghaheri is a director and choreographer from Tehran, Iran based in New York. She has directed, Mother Courage (Hunter College), Tosca Tehran (Rough Draft), Fen (Columbia University), Untitled (Rattlestick Theatre), Lucretia (HERE), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Williams College), Shahr-e-Farang (Spectrum NYC), The Girl is Chained, Death of Yazdgerd, Titus Andronicus (Yale School of Drama). Other Credits, The Slow Sound of Snow (Yale Cabaret). She co-curated a four-play season, directing Trojan Women, and Lear (Yale Summer Cabaret). Also she co-founded and co-curated Emruz Festival since spring 2019, and co-founded Peydah Theatre Company. Shadi was a 2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, the 2018 directing fellow at Rattlestick Playwright Theatre and the winner of Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2019. Shadighaheri.com


Maria MayenzetMitchell Hanlon

Mitchell Hanlon is a leading musical director/vocal coach in Southern California. He’s worked on four continents and enjoyed 28 seasons at the Hollywood Bowl (over 350 concerts) as performer, vocal coach, and Assistant Conductor.  He has coached or accompanied over 200 Tony/Oscar/Emmy/Grammy nominated artists including Julie Andrews, Hugh Jackman, Audra MacDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Jeremy Jordan, Patti LuPone, and Katherine Zeta Jones. He’s musical directed hundreds of shows, and dozens of his private voice students have performed on Broadway or national tours.  Mr. Hanlon holds music degrees from the University of Southern California, and Chapman University.  He resides in Fullerton with his wife, Anna, and is the choir director/organist at First Christian Church Fullerton.


Hal LandonHal 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 MayenzetMaria 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.


Robert PriorMarya Mazor

Marya Mazor is an award winning and critically acclaimed theatre director. Marya recently directed the 2020 LA Times Critic's Pick production of Fun Home at The Chance Theater as well as Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment  for The Geffen Playhouse, and Tribes at The Chance Theater (OC Register Best Play 2017) andThe Rescued at The Road Theater Company (Stage Raw Award Nominee). Other favorite productions include Ivy & Bean at South Coast Rep, Out of Our Father's House for the Edinburgh Fringe,That Pretty Pretty... or the Rape Play at Son of Semele, Mad Forest at the Open Fist, The English Bride at the Road, andThe Goat (LA Times Critic's Pick) as well as Aladdin for the Disney Cruise Lines. Her short film, The Winged Man, written by Oscar nominee Jose Rivera, was part of AFI's Directing Workshop for Women and played festivals worldwide.

Marya spent six years as a show director for the Walt Disney Company.  She also has directed at The Long Wharf Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, New York Stage & Film, Main Street Theatre, Circle X, The Boston Court, International City Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre/Asian American Theatre Company. Marya cofounded Voice & Vision theater in New York, which she led for 10 years. She was an NEA/TCG Directing Fellow and holds an MFA from Yale.  She has taught at USC, Pepperdine, UCLA, California State University Long Beach, The New School, Fordham and other colleges


Robert PriorRobert Prior

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


Olivia TrevinoOlivia 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.


Olivia TrevinoLuke Yankee

Luke Yankee is a writer, director, producer, actor and teacher. He is the author of the memoir, Just Outside the Spotlight: Growing Up with Eileen Heckart (published by Random House, with a foreword by Mary Tyler Moore).  Critics have called it “One of the most compassionate, illuminating showbiz books ever written.”  

His play, The Last Lifeboat is published by Dramatists Play Service and has had more than 40 productions in North America.  His other plays include The Lavender Mafia, and The Man Who Killed the Cure. His play The Jesus Hickey is the winner of the TRU Voices Award, as well as the Joel and Phyllis Ehrlich Award, given for “a socially relevant, commercially viable, new work of theatre.”  He directed the Los Angeles premiere at the Skylight Theatre, starring Harry Hamlin. Luke’s first play, A Place at Forest Lawn has been produced at several regional theatres around the country. It is the recipient of the New Noises Award as well as the Palm Springs International Playwriting Festival. It was developed in workshops in New York and Los Angeles featuring Betty White, Marion Ross, Tony Goldwyn, Marcia Cross, Barbara Rush, Pat Carroll, Frances Sternhagen, John Glover and Millicent Martin.

Luke has served as the Producing Artistic Director of the Long Beach Civic Light Opera (one of the largest musical theatres in America) and the Struthers Library Theatre (an historic opera house in Northwestern Pennsylvania). He has assistant directed six Broadway plays, including The Circle starring Sir Rex Harrison, Light Up the Sky with Peter Falk, Grind starring Ben Vereen (directed by Harold Prince) and has directed and produced Off-Broadway and at regional theatres throughout the country and abroad. 

For several years, he wrote, directed and produced the Los Angeles Actors Fund Tony Awards gala, honoring some of the biggest names in show business, including Barbara Cook, Tim Curry, Joe Morton, Jason Alexander, June Lockhart and Theodore Bikel.  Celebrity hosts and presenters have included Sean Penn, Tommy Tune, Martin Sheen, Bryan Cranston, Kate Burton, Florence Henderson and Annie Potts.

He has taught and guest directed extensively at colleges, universities and conservatories throughout the U.S. and abroad. He holds an MFA in Playwriting and Screenwriting from UC Riverside. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Cal State Fullerton and Chapman University. Luke also studied at the Juilliard School of Drama, NYU, Circle in the Square and Northwestern. His website is www.lukeyankee.com.


Lex LeigLex Leighh

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 an M.F.A. in musical direction from the University of California at Irvine.

 


Tim SwissTim 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.

 

 


Michael McCormickMichael 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.

 

 


Michelle Macdougall JacksonMichelle 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.