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Tom Amen – Professor

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Tom graduated 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, Performing Arts (Theater Arts, Music 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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Michon Gruber – Part-Time Instructor

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Michon is excited to be teaching at Golden West College. Michon has worked in the entertainment field for many years.

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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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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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