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Tom Amen – Professor

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Tom began his theater career as a student, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine, where he received his BA in Acting. He later earned his MFA in Directing from the University of Utah, where he studied under full academic scholarship.

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Martie Ramm Engle – Professor – Chair, Theater Arts and Dance

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As a professional performer, Martie has appeared on Broadway (Evita w/Patti LuPone), in London (A Chorus Line), in several national tours of the US (A Chorus Line, Annie, Show Boat), and in many regional theater productions including twice as Charity in Sweet Charity and in productions of I Love My Wife, They’re Playing Our Song, The Mikado, Murder by the Book , Joan in The Guys and as Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

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Tim Mueller – Full Time Instructor, Technical Theater

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The best thing about being a designer in the entertainment industry is that you get to tell stories. Instead of using words, we use color, line, texture, mass, proportion and other elements to elicit an emotional response from the audience. Tim Mueller has been designing and fabricating scenery, props and other decor for the past 30 years, creating just over 1000 projects in that time.

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Rory Cowan – Part-Time Instructor

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Rory Cowan received his MFA in Theater Arts from California State University, Long Beach. He holds a BA in English Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Over the last twenty years Rory has performed at Cypress College, Golden West College, Orange Coast College, and was a member of the California Repertory Company in Long Beach.

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Forest Hartl – Part-time Instructor

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Forrest Hartl studied drama at UC Berkeley (B.A.) and playwriting at U.S.C. (M.F.A.). His plays tour with Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Programs and his short play, Mass Effect, is published by PlayGround-LA publications. Forrest's autobiographical play,

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Carin Jacobs – Part-Time Instructor

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Carin Jacobs has been designing costumes around the OC/LA area for over 15 years. Her work can be seen in many genres including theatre, film, live stage shows and professional cheerleading. Projects include; Arizona Cardinals Cheerleading uniforms (seen at the 2009 Superbowl), “Operation Spy Girl” stunt show for Six Flags Chicago, the feature film “Saving Lincoln” and most recently “Legally Blonde” at Cabrillo Musical Theatre, an Ovation award nominee for Best Musical.

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Ron Michaelson – Part-Time Instructor

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A professional actor for over 30 years Ron Michaelson has been seen in hundreds of commercials. His characters have ranged from playing his own “Mom” to being a Pickle for a video game. Ron’s most notable role, however, is that of the frustrated banker in all those ditech.com commercials.

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Dave Mickey – Part-Time Instructor

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Dave Mickey has designed sound, video, interactive, and lighting for theatre productions at Off-Broadway’s Theatre Row, the Rubicon Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, SCR, the Chance Theatre, the Blank Theatre, and Syzygy theatre and theme park show control (video) programming at Universal Studios Hollywood (2009/10). Some projects include MicePaceMaze at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the publication of iOS apps, and lead a workshop on Interactive Theatre for the Scenofest at the PQ11 in Prague.

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Jerry Prell – Part-Time Instructor

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Jerry Prell has been working as a director, actor and teacher for over thirty years. He was Dean of the Musical Theater at the Hartford Conservatory, and the founder and former Artistic Director of New England Actors’/Academy of Theatre (NEAT). Directing credits include: The Laramie Project, Lysistrata – the jukebox musical, Nine, The Boys from Syracuse, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Pippin, Fiddler on the Roof,

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Jojo Siu (Josephine Ho) – Part-Time Instructor

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Jojo Siu graduated from University of California, Irvine with her M.F.A. in Costume Design. She hails from Philadelphia, and has been working as a designer for film, opera, theatre and dance in Philadelphia, New York, Maryland, California, Santa Fe, and Singapore.

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Luke Yankee – Part-Time Instructor

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Luke Yankee has worked a writer, director, actor and producer on and off Broadway and at regional theatres all over the country. Directing highlights include: The Cherry Orchard with Cynthia Nixon, The Actors Fund Tribute to Barbara Cook (hosted by Florence Henderson), Private Lives with David Canary and Nite Club Confidential with Barbara Eden.

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