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Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Adjunct Faculty

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Lisa Berger, MFA

Adjunct Assistant Professor
lberger@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2784

Office: Camino Hall C174

Office Hours: and by appointment

San Diego directing credits include A Behanding in Spokane (Cygnet Theatre), The Car Plays: We Wait, The Whale (LaJolla Playhouse) Buried Child, Simpatico, Things We Want (New Village Arts), Killer Joe (Compass Theatre)(Patte Award), The House of Blue Leaves (Mira Costa College), Miss Julie and The Corpse Bride (Stone Soup), ANON(ymous) and Crimes of the Heart (Canyon Crest Academy) Buried Child (UCSD) The Long Christmas Ride Home (Patte Award) and Looking for Normal (Diversionary Theatre), Handbag (AASD) The Pirates of Penzance (Lyric Opera Academy), and Islands of Repair (NYC Fringe). Additional directing credits include Grease, Our Town, The Boys Next Door, Picnic, Laughing Wild and several children’s musical for the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Creating Original Opera program. She co-wrote and performed in Rita and Inez: The True Queens of Femininity which toured to several venues including the Edmonton Fringe Festival, Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival and Surf Reality and HERE in NYC. In addition, Lisa has taught for various arts organizations and universities/colleges including La Jolla Playhouse. Walt Disney Productions: The Lion King, Theatre for a New Audience,Arts Genesis, UCSD, Grossmont College, Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos. She currently teaches at Mira Costa College, City College, University of San Diego and a Meisner Acting Technique class with New Village Arts.

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Jacob Bruce

Jacob Bruce

Adjunct Assistant Professor
jbruce@sandiego.edu
619/260-7758

Office: Camino Hall C173C

Office Hours: and by appointment

Mr. Bruce has been working professionally in the theatre for more than 20 years.  As an actor he has appeared onstage in Chicago in “As You Like It”, “The Crucible”, All In The Timing”, “Rumors”, and many others.  At Busch Gardens: Williamsburg, Jacob originated and co-wrote the character “Professor MacDougall”.  In Los Angeles he was a member of the Knightsbridge Theatre Company where he starred as Randle McMurphy in the BackStage West’s Critic’s Pick, “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”.  He was also a member of the Original Understudies Improv Group and co-created “The $5 Only Improv Show”, and has performed in over 300 improv shows.  Television credits include “ER”, “Las Vegas”, “American Dreams”, “Standoff”, “Prairie Fever”, and recurring roles on “Crossing Jordan”, “The Young & The Restless”, and “Roswell”.  In San Diego, Jacob has been seen onstage at Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company in “Yellowface” and “26 Miles” and at North Coast Repertory Theater in “The Underpants”, and he is currently on several house teams at Finest City Improv.  Jacob has also worked in the scene shop at Knightsbridge Theater, The La Jolla Playhouse, and Cygnet Theater, building sets for such shows as “Little Miss Sunshine”, “Marat/Sade”, “Limelight”, “Sweeny Todd”, and the award-winning “Private Lives”.

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Terry Glaser

Terry Glaser

Adjunct Assistant Professor
terryglaser@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7759

Office: Camino Hall 163B

Office Hours: and by appointment

Ms. Glaser is a stage director of plays and operas, as well as a
playwright, translator, and acting teacher. She has worked both in
academia and the professional theatre for over 25 years. She has
taught at UCSD, USC, CalArts, Earlham College, the Michael Chekhov
Studio-USA West, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, the Fritz
Theatre, the Actors Alliance of San Diego, the Classical Singers
Association of Los Angeles, the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia
Conservatory, and the Old Globe Theatre. Ms. Glaser has served as
stage director for over 40 professional and university productions
across the country, including the plays The Beaux' Stratagem, The
Government Inspector, The Bungler, The Comedy of Errors, Three
Sisters, The Heidi Chronicles, Trouble in Mind, Stepbrothers in Crime,
A Flea in Her Ear, and Hotel Paradiso; and the operas La Bohème, Le
Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, La Périchole, L'Orfeo, Croquefer, The
Italian Straw Hat, Dido and Aeneas, The Beggar's Opera, Orpheus in
the Underworld, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Ms. Glaser also specializes in the application of acting techniques to
other fields. She founded Glaser Communication in Washington, DC,
teaching communication and presentation skills to a variety of
business clients, including the American Management Association, the
Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, the Bureau of the Census,
the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Support Center of
Washington. With her extensive training in whole-brain teaching
techniques, she conducted training seminars for the Prince William
County, VA, School System; the Oswego, NY, School System; and the
Prince George's County, MD, Library System. She has also conducted
seminars in courtroom-presentation techniques at the California
Western School of Law. For USD's Center for Educational Excellence,
she conducted a seminar in the hidden meanings in nonverbal
communication, and for USD's Changemaker Hub, she has conducted
workshops that use actor-training techniques to cultivate empathy. Ms.
Glaser has been an Education Outreach Consultant for the San Diego
Opera, writing scripts and conducting programs for the Docent
Training Program. She is a member of the Association of Theatre
Movement Educators, where she sits on the review panel for the
Visiting Artist/Scholar Fellowship Program.


In 2012, Ms. Glaser became the first recipient of the Association for
Theatre in Higher Education/Kennedy Center American College Theatre
Festival Region #8 Award for Innovative Teaching.

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William Hartley

William Hartley

Adjunct Faculty
williamh-11@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-6655

Office: Camino Hall 135

Office Hours: and by appointment

Corey Johnston

Corey Johnston, MFA

Adjunct Professor
coreyj@sandiego.edu
619.260.8821

Office: Camino Hall 172

Office Hours: and by appointment Costume Shop (SH103) 619/260-6755

Corey Johnston is the faculty costume supervisor.  He designs and manages the costume shop for both undergraduate and graduate student productions. Currently he teaches Costume Design, Costume Construction, and Fundamentals of Theatrical Design, but has taught Theatre History, Makeup and Masking, Creative Dramatics, and Theatre and Society in the past.  Since 1996, Corey has designed, built, or supervised the costumes for over 65 shows at USD.  His designs have also appeared locally at Cygnet Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, Moxie Theatre, North Coast Repertory, Sledgehammer Theatre, as well as Sierra Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre of Walnut Creek, and the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. 

 

Corey worked as a staff costume technician for 5 years at the Old Globe Theatre prior to coming to USD where he worked on a variety of shows including Lucky Duck (designed by Gregg Barnes), the pre-Broadway debut of Play On! (designed by Marianna Elliot), Time and Again (designed by Katherine Zuber), Thunder Knocking on the Door (designed by Paul Tazewell), Trojan Women (designed by Ann Hould-Ward), a number of shows designed by the late Lewis Brown, the pre-Broadway debut of The Full Monty and the original initial production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (both designed by Robert Morgan).

 

Corey’s work as a technician has also been seen at La Jolla Playhouse in the pre-Broadway debuts of Bonnie and Clyde (designed by Tobin Ost), Hands on a Hardbody (designed by Susan Hilferty) as well as Little Miss Sunshine (designed by Jennifer Caprio) and others.  Additionally, Corey has worked at Tacoma Actors Guild and Central Missouri Repertory.

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Mitzi Schleicher Michaels, MFA

Adjunct
Mitzi Schleicher sandiego.edu
619-260-7762

Office: Camino Hall C173C

Office Hours: and by appointment

Mitzi Michaels Schleicher, MFA, is an Educator, Performer, and Theatrical Business Consultant. As an educator, Mitzi has taught Acting, Voice, Dance, Theatre History and Professional Development at a collegiate level. A former Broadway casting director, Professor Schleicher offers a unique insight into what it takes to make the transition from aspiring actor to theatre professional. With a BFA from The Boston Conservatory and an MFA from San Diego State University, plus years of New York City experience, Mitzi is a specialist on what tools are essential to know in order to market a theatre professional to their full potential. Mitzi is devoted to curriculum development for theatre students and has worked with the American Music and Dramatic Academy on effective research and standards for their BFA students.  In addition, Mitzi is a professional actress who has appeared at many San Diego theatres such as Cygnet, The Welk Resort, Diversionary, and Moonlight Amphitheatre, favorite shows include Monty Python’s Spamalot, Sweeney Todd and playing the title role in Funny Girl.  Concert work includes singing with Carlos Santana and The Boston Pops.  Mitzi is a member of ATHE & MTEA. She currently teaches Acting and Theatre and Society courses at the University of San Diego, as well as teaching at the La Jolla Playhouse and North Coast Rep Theatre. 

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Nathaniel Parde

Nathaniel Parde, MFA

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Production Manager/Tech Theatre Director
nparde@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4110

Office: Camino Hall 129B

Office Hours: Mon & Wed 1:00-3:00 Shiley Theatre: Mon & Wed 9:00-12:00 And by appointment

Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts, MFA

Adjunct Assistant Professor
robinroberts@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-8821

Office: Camino Hall 172

Office Hours: and by appointment

Robin Sanford Roberts has been teaching and designing in the Theatre department since the major began in 2002. She designs scenery for both the Undergraduate and the MFA program.

She has taught Technical Theatre, Scenic Design, Fundamentals of Theatrical Design and Scenic Painting.

Robin also designs professionally in San Diego and around the country.

Broadway:  It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues.

Old Globe Theatre: over 25 productions including: Alive and Well, The Price. Fiction, Bus Stop (Critics Circle award), Blue/Orange and  Betrayal (Critics Circle award, Patte’ award)

She has also designed for San Diego Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, San Jose’ Repertory Theatre and Swine Palace Productions.

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Ryan Beattie Scrimger

Ryan Beattie Scrimger, MFA

Adjunct Assistant Professor
ryscrimger@sandiego.edu
619/260-2784

Office: Camino Hall C174

Office Hours: MW 11:00-12:00 and by appointment

Ryan Beattie Scrimger, MFA, is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Program where she teaches Acting for Musical Theatre, Theatre Entrepreneurship, Theatre and Society, and Acting.  A theatre professional for over 30 years, Professor Scrimger brings her expertise in musicianship and movement, acting and audition techniques, voice, dialect and singing training, career management, performance of classic, historical and contemporary literature, and arts integration in society and education.  She is a member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association) and received her MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University.  She has performed in musicals, plays, and films in San Diego, the Bay Area, New York, Virginia with favorite roles such as Meredith (Bat Boy, the Musical), Fefu (Fefu and her Friends), Betty Blake (Will Rogers Follies), Diana Morales (A Chorus Line), Miss Flannery (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), and Libby (The Maiden's Prayer).  Professor Scrimger has coached voice and dialects at the La Jolla Playhouse and The Old Globe Theatre and coaches privately to business professionals on effective interview and public speaking techniques.

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George Ye'

George Ye', MFA

Adjunct Assistant Professor
georgeye@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7784

Office: Camino Hall 163B

Office Hours: and by appointment

George is an associate artistic director of the Cygnet Theatre, resident artist at the Diversionary Theatre and has numerous directing, sound design, and fight director credits in San Diego and across the country in Film, Theatre and video. Directing credits include: USD Theatre, Picasso at the Lapine Agile, Sam I Am, Diviners; (Old Globe/USD MFA); Stuff Happens, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Happy Hour; Cygnet Theatre, Copenhagen; Our Town; San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre, Flipzoids, Woman From the Other Side of the World, Struggling Truths (Pâté Award for Theatre Excellence), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it all for You, Oleanna, Cultivated Lives, . . .and then he met a woodcutter (San Diego Critics circle award), Professor Saturn’s Atomic Theatre, Do Over, Episode 36, Contact, Playwright’s Project, A+B≠ C, Elevated, Find you in the Forest, 6th@Penn, Oedipus Tyrannus, Oedipus at Colonus, Florida Atlantic University, In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe, The Elephant Man. He is an award winning sound designer often writing original music for designs, and has over a hundred design credits in theatre, film and video.

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