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Department of

Theatre Arts and Performance Studies



Department Chair

Lisa Baird

Lisa Baird, PhD

Interim Chair, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Professor, Biology
(619) 260-4073

Office: Camino Hall 163/SSTC 481

Office Hours: Theatre: C163A (Ext. 2334) Biology: SCST481 (ext.4073)

Lisa Baird, PhD, joined the biology faculty in 1988. In addition to teaching in the preparatory courses for biology majors, she teaches classes in plant physiology, electron microscopy and the senior seminar. Baird is a developmental plant physiologist with particular interest in plant stress responses to pathogens and insect predation and how these responses can be modulated by plant growth regulators.

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Evelyn Diaz Cruz

Evelyn Diaz Cruz , MFA

Associate Professor, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
(619) 260-7877

Office: Camino Hall 173A

Evelyn Díaz Cruz is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts with experience in writing, directing, and acting. Originally from the Bronx, New York, Professor Cruz’s study and practice of theatre is focused on community engagement by addressing issues of social justice through art. Her non-traditional approach to theatre garnered her the prestigious KPBS Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Award in The Arts for her contributions to the San Diego community. She is also a past recipient of the University of San Diego’s Innovations in Experiential Education Award in recognition of her pedagogical approach in combining theatre and community service learning. Professor Cruz was one of five professors recognized by USD Magazine as one of “The Best and the Brightest Professors,” for 2015.



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Monica Stufft

Monica Stufft, PhD

Associate Professor, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
(619) 260-4273

Office: Camino Hall 173F

Monica Stufft is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre where she teaches courses in Theatre and Performance Studies and is involved in production work, both as a director and dramaturg. Her specializations include popular culture, theatre historiography as well as cultural, gender, and performance theory. Her research focus is on the intersections of performance and pedagogy in the classroom with a particular interest in the theoretical and philosophical implications of collaboration and collaborative theatre making.

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