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Professor, Theatre Arts
Theatre Program Director

Phone: (707) 468-3172
Office: Rm 5202

Office hours for Spring 2014:
Mondays 2:30-4 PM
Tuesdays 3-4 PM

2:30-4 PM
Thursdays 3-4 PM


This semester, I will be producing and directing the college production of Measure for Measure.  
I will also be teaching THE 118: Introduction to Directing and supervisong the production of the 11th Annual New Plays Festival at Mendocino College.

Please feel free to e-mail or call if you would like more information about theatre at Mendocino College.

Theatre courses offered Spring semester 2014:

Play Development I, II & III (THE 105B, C & D):
Short term course running April 21-May 17, 2014; hours tba.  These laboratory courses provide an opportunity for playwrights, directors and actors to collaborate on the development of new plays. Through a workshop process, actors and directors will support playwrights in the revision and development of their work, culminating in a publicly presented new works festival, with performances May 16 & 17, 2014.  Taught by Reid Edelman.

Introduction to Directing (THE 118):
Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5:30 PM.  
This class is an introduction to the fundamental principles of stage directing.  The course includes study, discussion and practice in the directorial process, including research, script analysis, conceptualization, casting and rehearsal techniques.  In addition, some consideration is given to the key design areas (scenery, lighting, costumes, sound and properties) and to the technical production process. The course culminates in a presentation of student directed one-act plays, rehearsed during the required laboratory component of the class (THE 125A or THE 125B). 
Taught by Reid Edelman.

Costume Construction I, II & III (THE 119 A, B & C):
Meets Tuesdays 5:30-9:20 PM (concurrently with THE 119 D).  These courses offer an introduction to the crafts of building and coordinating theatrical costumes.  Basic  costuming techniques are applied through practical work on the theatre department's current productions. Taught by Kathy Dingman-Katz.

Costume Design (THE 119D):
Meets Tuesdays 5:30-9:20 PM (concurrently with THE 119 A, B & C).  This course offers an introduction to fundamental theory and practice of costume design.  Topics include: script analysis, period research, conceptualization, rendering and effective collaboration.   Taught by Kathy Dingman-Katz.

Acting Improvisation (THE 210A):
Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7:50 PM at the Mendocino College Lake County Center. This class functions as an improv ensemble, creating improvised theatre that is spontaneous, energetic and engaging.  Fundamental acting techniques such as commitment, spontaneity and concentration are addressed through exercises and performance.   The course strives to create an environment of creative risk taking in which each student’s full imagination may flourish.  No previous theatre experience or preparation required.  Taught by John Tomlinson.

Beginning Acting (THE 210B):
Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30-5:50  PM. No previous theatre experience is required;
however, students must be able to read and analyze play texts, memorize lines and
work independently in outside of class rehearsals. Taught by Joel Shura.

Acting Styles (THE 210D):
Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:30 AM-12:20 PM  This class builds upon the skills developed in THE 210B: Beginning Acting.  The class will include scene work and acting exercises, but unlike beginning acting, the work will focus on scenes from plays from a variety of periods and styles.  This course  will widen your range as an actor, deepen your dramatic imagination and expand your theatrical toolbox!  Taught by Jason Davis  
Prerequisite: THE 210 or THE 210B.

Acting / Production Performance (THE121A, B, C & D & 125A, B, C & D):
This semester the theatre arts department will present  Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare (performances March 21-30, 2014) and the 11th Annual New Play Festival (performances May 16 & 17, 2014).  These laboratory courses provide an opportunity for students to work backstage in a variety of capacities on these productions.  For more information about these shows, contact Reid Edelman at 468-3172.


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