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Tom Amen – Professor

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Tom Amen is a Professor of Theater Arts at Golden West College. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine, where he received his BA in Acting. He earned his MFA in Directing from the University of Utah, where he studied under full academic scholarship. Tom has directed over 75 productions in California, Arizona, and Utah. His favorite GWC directing credits include: The Great Gatsby, 1984, Moby Dick, A Streetcar Named Desire, Doubt, Othello,

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

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Martie has appeared on Broadway in Evita (w/Patti LuPone), A Chorus Line in London, 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 and as Joan in The Guys. Most recently, Martie co-starred as Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

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Susan Thomas Babb – Part-Time Instructor

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Susan Thomas Babb received her Master’s Degree in Costume and Scenic Design from CSULB. Previously, Mrs. Babb worked as the Assistant Curator of Costumes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Designer/Costume Supervisor for the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. She has costumed over 200 theatre productions including The Secret Garden, Little Foxes, Evita, Medea, The Crucible, Amadeus, Romeo and Juliet, and My Fair Lady.

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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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Wally Huntoon – Part-Time Instructor

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Wally Huntoon has been an especially busy scenic designer throughout the Southern California area for over 35 years. His numerous designs, now reaching over 750, have garnered him many awards over the years. Most recently, he is the subject of a television documentary titled Wally Huntoon, A Life by Design.

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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. A highlight of her career was having the opportunity to work with Julie Taymor and the creative costume design team on “The Lion King” in Los Angeles. In addition to her freelance design work, Carin also teaches costume history and design at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and California State University, Dominguez Hills. She holds a B.A. in Art History from UCLA and an M.F.A. in Theatre from Cal State Long Beach. Carin loves her career and feels like one of the luckiest people in the world to be making a living creating art.

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Rachael Lorenzetti – Part-Time Instructor

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Rachael Lorenzetti received her Master’s Degree in Costume Design from California State University, Fullerton, where she designed costumes for nine productions including Footloose the Musical, Chemical Imbalance, and Equus. She returned to Cal-State Fullerton as a guest designer in fall of 2012 for their production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Rachael has also been a designer and assistant for Fullerton Civic Light Opera. For the past two years Rachael has been an instructor and designer for Cypress College, and is now excited to join the theater faculty and design costumes at Golden West College.

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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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William Mittler – Part-Time Instructor

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William Mittler has his BA and MFA from UCLA, in theatre and playwriting respectively; he works as an part-time theatre instructor at Golden West College and several other Southern California colleges.

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Robert Mumm – Part-Time Instructor

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Robert Mumm: Bob received his B.F.A.from the University of Illinois in Urbana- Champaign, and his M.F.A.from Cal State Fullerton. Before, during and after his educational odyssey, Bob served as Tech Director and house designer for a beautiful Art Deco theatre in Colorado, as well as an itinerant Stage Manager/Production Manager for several touring productions.

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Dr. Maiya Murphy – Part-Time Instructor

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Dr. Maiya Murphy is a teacher, deviser, director, performer, and scholar. Her work focuses on body-based actor training, physical theater techniques, and collective creation. Selected devising work includes directing UC San Diego’s undergraduate main stage show “Doctored and Devised,” an original production based on the work of Dr. Seuss; training and serving as theatrical director for men’s hip hop dance company, Elements of Motion, to produce “Elixir” and other physical theater dance pieces; and collaborating with mugwumpin on “Your Nightgown is Jealous When You Dream.”

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