Interim Chair, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Office: Camino Hall 163/SSTC 481
Office Hours: Theatre: C163A (Ext. 2334) Biology: SCST481 by appointment
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.
Associate Professor, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Office: Camino Hall 176
Office Hours: and by appointment
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 KPBS 2008 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’s teaching and creative scholarship reflects the University’s mission of compassionate service, diversity, and social justice.
Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Office: Camino Hall 180B
Office Hours: Dr. Stufft is on sabbatical this semester.
Monica Stufft is an Assistant 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.