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Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Adjunct Faculty


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Lisa Berger, MFA

Adjunct Assistant Professor
(619) 260-2784

Office: Camino Hall C173G

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

Office: Camino Hall C173C

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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Peet Cocke, MFA

Adjunct Assistant Faculty
Assistant Technical Director

Office: Camino 135

Mr. Cocke is an educator and multifaceted theater artist. His primary interest and research encompasses an exploration of scripting and scoring, devising and adaptation. Mr. Cocke’s most recently wrote and directed a collaborative work entitled, Already Done to You, an explicit exploration of child abuse, loss, and forgiveness. He is currently working on an adaptation of the novel Young Men and Fire and his first full-length play Extraordinary Mysteries.

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Terry Glaser

Terry Glaser, MFA

Adjunct Assistant Professor
(619) 260-7759

Office: Camino Hall 163B

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 Anton's Shorts: Three Brief Comedies by Chekhov, 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 has been a Guest Artist, performing solo shows and conducting master classes, at universities across the country, including the University of Virginia, Syracuse University, Point Loma Nazarene University, and Mesa College.


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Corey Johnston

Corey Johnston, MFA

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Office: Camino Hall 173 K

Office Hours: 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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Nathaniel Parde

Nathaniel Parde, MFA

Assistant Professor
Production Manager/Tech Theatre Director
(619) 260-4110

Office: Camino Hall 173J

Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts, MFA

Adjunct Assistant Professor
(619) 260-8821

Office: Camino Hall 173K

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

Office: Camino Hall C173G

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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Mitzi Smith

Mitzi Smith, MFA

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Office: Camino Hall C163B

Mitzi Schleicher Smith, 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 Smith 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, Theatre and Society, Musical Theatre and Theatre in Education 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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