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Dramatic Arts

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."  – William Shakespeare

Instructors

Meet the Instructors

Los Medanos College Drama Staff includes some greatly talented teachers and artists. We have some old and new faces. Check us out:

 

nickProfessor Nick Garcia (Department Chair) has worked extensively across the country as a teacher, actor, director, and designer. He was recently the Artistic Director of Children's Theatre Programming for the George Daily Auditorium, where he designed and oversaw the curriculum for the drama school as well as directed their summer season. He has performed, directed, and designed for venues such as the National Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco, Pella Shakespeare Festival in Iowa, The Miner's Union Theatre in Silverton Colorado, The George Daily Auditorium in Oskaloosa Iowa, and both the Iowa New Play and Fringe Festivals.

 

In 2006 he won the IRAN award for best actor for his role as Eben in I am Montana. In 2007 he was a company member in the Iowa Tent Theatre's critically acclaimed Regional Tour of Standing Tall. Nick has also designed the curriculum for multiple children's theatres across the country and was nominated for the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award by the University of Iowa student body in 2009. In 2010 he was awarded the Student Club Advisor of the Year Award by the Office of Student Life at Los Medanos College. In 2012 he was presented with the Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Program Development at The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. In 2010 his production of Larry Shue's The Foreigner won the Meritorious Achievement award for Ensemble and in 2014 his production of August Wilson's Fences was a Regional Finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Currently he advises students in the Drama and Improvisation clubs as well as the Los Medanos College Transfer Academy.

 

He is a graduate of Adams State College in Colorado where he received his BA in Theatre. In addition he holds the Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the University of Iowa; where he was trained in Alexander, Meisner, Stanislavski, and Growtowski techniques, as well as mask, comedia del arte, mime, yoga, voice, dialects, and period styles.

 

 

 

RobertProfessor Robert Broadfoot Robert works as a scenic designer in regional and professional theaters nationwide. He received Bay Area Critic's Circle Awards in Scenic Design in 2007 for 'bot at The Magic Theatre and in 2008 for Musical of Musicals at Center Rep. He was recognized in 2011 with a national commendation in scenic design from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Angels in America at St. Mary's College. Robert's recent projects include the world premier of Lauren Gunderson's By and By at Shotgun Players, Sharr White's Sunlight at The Phoenix Theater, and Vince Delaney's Ampersand at Actors Theatre of Grand Rapids. Robert has been lead assistant to several prominent theater artists, including legendary Broadway designer Douglas Schmidt, Hariton Baral Designs, and John Iacovelli. He received his MFA in scenic design from University of California Davis. Robert is a proud member of United Scenic Artists

 

CarbajalProfessor Hugo E Carbajal is a proud recipient of the 2013 Theatre Bay Area Titan Actor Award. He works as a freelance actor, director, photographer, and teacher. Hugo earned an MFA in Actor Created Physical Theatre at Naropa University completed via a program at the London International School of Performing Arts. He is proud to begin his Los Medanos College faculty story by directing a touring production of Esperanza Rising. Hugo has worked with Bay Area companies such as; Cuttingball Theatre, Shotgun Players, TeatroVision, Stagebridge, Alter Theater Ensemble, Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre, Bay Area Children's Theatre, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Also a proud member of BALTAN (Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network). Visit hugocarbajal.com & Follow on twitter: @oogoever

 

 

Jo FolinoProfessor Joanna Perry-Folino has been fortunate to be a full time drama and English instructor at LMC for 18 years. Prior to that she taught elementary school in Long Beach, CA for 5 years. She was the Department Chair for Drama from 1994 through 2008, bringing a once dormant program back to life with a lot of help from colleagues, administrators and friends. Currently, she teaches both face to face and online courses at Los Medanos College. Joanna is a produced playwright, screenwriter, librettist and lyricist. Her 2008 short film, The Silence of Bees, (based on the prologue to her stage play of the same title) won the prestigious Accolade Film Award in 2008, an Aloha Accolade from the Honolulu International Film Festival in 2009 and was screened at the Southeast New England Film Festival, The Kodak Screening Room in Los Angeles by Women in Film in April 2009, and in 2010 at the Urban Suburban Film Festival in Philadelphia, The Naperville Independent Film Festival in Illinois where it was an Official Selection and The New York Independent International Film Festival. The full length stage version will be produced in New York City in 2012 and directed by acclaimed director Andrew Traister. Most recently her original romantic comedy screenplay Lila Loves Louie was a finalist in Suzanne DeLaurentis' Cinema City International Film Festival in Century City, CA and a WINNER at The 2009 Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado. She is also an Associate Producer for the award-winning documentary, Leave Them Laughing, directed by Academy Award winner John Zaritsky which documents the life of Carla Zilbersmith as she bravely battles and eventually succumbs to ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Joanna is also an Associate Producer for the documentary Within Reach, which travels with two adventurous young people across the United States as they search for a home in a sustainable community.

 

Joanna is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Los Angeles branch of Women In Film, The Dramatists Guild, Theatre West of Los Angeles, and The Academy for New Musical Theatre. She has produced over 15 plays in the San Francisco Bay area including The Laramie Project, Speed-the-Plow and The Vagina Monologues as well as many festivals of new plays. Her most successful endeavors, however, have been the connections she has made with students and friends throughout her life who inspire and motivate her to be creative and nurturing in order to help them in some small way to make their collective dreams come true.

 

 


SusannahProfessor Susannah Martin: A award-winning director, teacher, and theatremaker, Susannah has taught and directed for organizations throughout the Bay Area.  For five years, she was the Joint Artistic Director of Paducah Mining Co., a San Francisco-based theatre ensemble that produced acclaimed work by established playwrights and devised original pieces on complex material such as domestic terrorism, spousal abuse, and poverty in America.  During her tenure with Paducah, she was awarded three Dean Goodman Choice Awards.  She has taught movement, voice, acting, and composition for California Shakespeare Theater for the past six years and directed several Shakespeare productions for their 5-week summer conservatory.  Susannah has also taught for Porchlight Theatre Company, UC Davis, St. Mary's College, the New Conservatory Theatre, and a variety of high schools throughout San Francisco and the East Bay.  Recent directing credits include: Shaw’s MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION for the Shotgun Players, Ibsen's THE LADY FROM THE SEA at A.C.T.'s Professional Training Program, Luis Alfaro’s ELECTRICIDAD at Sacramento Theatre Company, THE FAITH PROJECT, an interdisciplinary theatre piece that went up to sold-out crowds at the Mondavi Performing Arts Center’s Studio Theater, and KING LEAR for the California Shakespeare Theater’s Summer Conservatory.  Susannah received her BFA in Theatre from NYU and her MFA in Directing from UC Davis.

 

norrisProfessor Barbara M. Norris has been a theatre instructor at Los Medanos College since 2004 and is also the Artistic Director, Emerita, of Solano Repertory Theatre Company, an award winning theatre group she founded more than twenty years ago. She attended UC Berkeley and UC Davis where she received her A.B. in Drama in 1989. In 2003 she received her Master's Degree in Theatre, With Distinction, from California State University Sacramento, where she was named Outstanding Graduate Student for two consecutive years. Barbara has received numerous awards for acting and directing, including several Solano County Arty Awards and Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance Elly Awards. She was recently honored with a special Arty Award recognizing her as a "Lifetime Contributor to the Arts" in Solano County. She has worked as an actress in film and television, and with notable Bay Area directors George Maguire (Dancing at Lughnasa, Our Town, The Heiress), Jon Tracy (Richard III), Jennifer Ray (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf), and Carla Spindt (The Foreigner). Barbara's directing credits include How I Learned to Drive, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Our Town, M. Butterfly, Steel Magnolias, Twelve Angry Jurors, Peter Pan, Cats, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Baltimore Waltz, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Vagina Monologues et al, and numerous collaborations with playwrights developing new works. She directed and helped tour Tia Madison's Brand New Shoes, and Anthony Finocchiaro's The Tutor. Barbara teaches Improvisational Theatre workshops for both children and adults, along with academic theatre courses in multicultural theatre, theatre appreciation, acting and directing.

 

 

 

Sean O'Neil Professor Sean J. O’Neil has been adjunct theatre professor at Los Medanos College since 2001 having directed shows such as Twelfth Night, Welcome to the Monkeyhouse, Barefoot in the Park, A Raisin in the Sun, and Rough Crossing. He earned his BA in Drama from UC Irvine and MA in Theatre Directing from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Currently Educational Technology Coordinator for Butte County Office of Education, Sean worked as Theatre Arts Director at Antioch High School from 1996-2012 where he produced and directed countless shows including Waiting for Godot, Miss Julie, The Maids, Macbeth, Brigadoon, and Crimes of the Heart. In 2007 his production of This is a Test performed as part of the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Before teaching, he worked for 3 years as an actor, director, producer and Arts Education Administrator with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. In 2002, he won a Dean Goodman Choice Award for his performance in Sight Unseen at Walnut Creek's Playhouse West. In 2006 he founded Antioch Classical Theatre Company - bringing professional actors together with student performers - with whom he performed the title role of Hamlet in 2008 and directed A Midsummer Night's Dream and Taming of the Shrew. He also created and produces the world-wide podcasts available at ShakespeareCast.com. He is a longtime member of Actors' Equity Association and Theatre Bay Area as well as an accredited Dialogue for Peaceful Change facilitator, Google Certified Teacher, and was T.H.E Journal's Innovator of the Month for May 2013.

 

RickProfessor Rick Tejada-Flores began working in television in 1969, in a minority training program at KQED's Newsroom. He worked as news-film editor for KGO, San Francisco, and went on to co-produce and co-direct Si Se Puede! for the United Farmworkers Union in 1973.

Tejada-Flores served as Unit Manager/Production Supervisor for KNBC in Burbank, and then as Coordinating Producer for the Latino Consortium at KCET in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for packaging and distributing the weekly series PRESENTE! to public television stations.

He produced Low 'N Slow, The Art of Lowriding, which aired as a special on PBS in 1984. Latino poets were profiled in Go Chanting, Libre, produced for KRCB (PBS) in 1985. Farmworkers and land reform in Honduras were the focus of ELVIA, The Fight for Land and Liberty, which aired in 1988 on PBS as part of the VISTAS series.

Rivera In America, a documentary on the work of the Mexican artist Diego Rivera in the United States, and Jasper Johns, Ideas In Paint, aired on the PBS series AMERICAN MASTERS. Rivera In America won Best Film for TV in the National Latino Film and Video Festival.

Tejada-Flores created Nuestros Hijos, a docu-drama on parenting and child abuse issues for migrant farmworkers, for the Office of Child Abuse Prevention of the State of California.

In 1992 he served as producer on the series The Great Depression. The same year he directed three films on Hispanic history and culture in New Mexico for the American Encounters exhibit, at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Another three interpretive films on New Mexico history and culture were created for American Encounters in 1993. Tejada-Flores was awarded the 1990 James Phelan Award for Video, and a CINE Golden Eagle.

 

 

 

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