"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." – William Shakespeare
Professor 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.
Professor 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
Professor Tyrone Davis is an actor, director, teaching artist, TCG Leadership U[niversity] grant finalist (2012) and Community Artistic Director with American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He proudly serves as an adjunct drama professor at Contra Costa College and Los Medanos College, where he most recently directed Twilight Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith and In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks. He is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Theater M.F.A. acting program and holds a B.A. in theater from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). He has appeared in productions of King Hedley II and Day of Absence (both directed by the late James Avery), Intimate Apparel, Topdog/Underdog, Death of the Last Black Man..., Agamemnon, The Three Sisters, The Time of Your Life, Radio Golf, Richard II (Independent Shakespeare Company), The Colored Museum, and the world premiere of On the QT (directed by Gina Belafonte). He made his Bay Area acting debut with the African American Shakespeare Company as Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (directed by L. Peter Callender). Davis is a founder of The Collective: The Depth of Black Arts, a multidisciplinary arts organization striving to establish spaces in which artists present and preserve African-American cultural traditions.
Professor 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.
Professor Joanna Perry-Folino
After more than two decades as an English professor who re-created the LMC Drama Department at Los Medanos College, Joanna has diverse interests both artistically and politically. As a strong believer in the need for unions, she’s been a member and supporter of both United Faculty of Contra Costa County as well as SAG/AFTRA in Los Angeles for many years. Joanna’s also a member of the Television Academy in Los Angeles where this year she was part of a panel judging student films from around the globe in determining the recipients for the student Emmy Awards. She’s also a regular blogger for The Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joanna-perryfolino/) Over the years, she’s become an expert in online teaching and in the creation of multicultural and ethnic studies classes online and face to face in both English and Theatre. At times politically controversial, Joanna has never regretted her outspokenness against the corruption of the public good, having been raised to see the public trust as crucial to democracy. On the verge of retirement in a few years, she will be moving into another phase of transformation that will focus on writing fiction, plays and screenplays and performing on the stage, in coffee shops, in theatres and in films in Los Angeles and New York City. Presently she’s developing a full length play with the rather bizarre title Stink Bug Bait under the mentorship of activist and playwright John Steppling (http://john-steppling.com/) Her current film production, the documentary Within Reach (http://www.withinreachmovie.com/home.shtml), about the search for sustainable communities in the US, was the recipient of the Eco Warrior Award at The Orlando Film Festival in 2013. At the present time, Joanna lives in Berkeley Hills with her 3 year old rescue, a Maltipoo, Brando, who also happens to be her indomitable service dog who chews up her favorite shoes but protects her from the bad guys.
Professor 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.
Professor 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.
Professor Sean J. ONeil 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.
Professor Brian Watson is an award winning scenic designer, actor and vocalist who is very happy to be joining the Los Medanos College theatrical team. Brian holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of California Sacramento, where he studied in numerous theatrical practices both in performance and technical theatre. He is the former Technical Director of Big Idea Theatre in Sacramento and has been working as a scenic designer and scenic artist since 2009.
Along with Brian’s technical ability he is an accomplished performer and teacher as well. He is a classically trained tenor with 7 years of classical instruction. Since 2006 Brian has worked as a private vocal instructor and musical director and many of his students have gone off to programs like PCPA, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and Columbia University. Brian has been working professionally as both an actor and vocalist since 2004, starring in plays and musicals with companies such as Capital Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, PCPA Theaterfest, Summer Repertory Theatre, Big Idea Theatre, Way-Off Broadway and Missouri Street Theatre.