Faculty

Full Time Faculty

Tanya Kane-Parry
Tanya Kane-Parry
Director of MFA in Television, Film and Theatre
Jane McKeever
Jane McKeever
Co-Director of MFA in Television, Film and Theatre
Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke Phone/Ext:
323 343-4256
Alex Espinoza
Alex Espinoza
Phone/Ext:
323-343-3000
Paul Stuart Graham
Paul Stuart Graham Phone/Ext:
323-343-4112
Meredith Greenburg
Meredith Greenburg
Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance
Phone/Ext:
323-343-4110
Kristiina Hackel
Kristiina Hackel Phone/Ext:
323-343-4249

Part Time Faculty

Sam Breen
Sam Breen

Sam Breen is an actor, writer and educator. His stage credits include Ether Dome at La Jolla Playhouse,Mother Courage and Her Children at the American Repertory Theater, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Independent Shakespeare Co., Macbeth at Antaeus and Flesh Eating Tiger at Highways and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He performed his multi-disciplinary The Trailer Trash Project throughout Los Angeles and internationationally at the PACT Zollverein (Essen). The bulk of his time is currently spent on the development of a new TV series based on the myth of Persephone.  Education: M.F.A. Acting, CalArts. 

Teaches TVFT 5253 Voice III.

Jason Castillo
Jason Castillo
Maria Escobedo
Maria Escobedo
Maria Escobedo is a first-generation Cuban-American raised in New York City and currently living in Los Angeles.  She has a degree in film from NY’s School of Visual Arts. She studied screenwriting at NYU, playwriting at The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, earned a TV Writing Fellowship from ABC/Disney, and a Writing Grant from Latino Public Broadcasting. 
 
Matthew Miller
Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller has been an adjunct instructor of acting at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts - Experimental Theatre Wing where he taught courses in Grotowski based physical acting training as he learned it from Master Teacher Stephen Wangh.  Broadway Credits include Not About Nightingales, directed by Trevor Nunn and The Invention of Love directed by Jack O’Brien. He has also worked at prominent Off-Broadway, regional and Los Angeles theaters. Television/ film credits include Hand of God, Colony, Major Crimes, Criminal Minds, Law & Order. Matthew received his MFA from the New York University, Tisch School of the Arts – Graduate Acting Program and his BFA from the NYU, Tisch School of the Arts - Experimental Theatre Wing.

Teaches TVFT 5143: Movement III: Grotowski 

Justin Wolske
Justin Wolske
Justin Wolske has produced for many organizations like MTV, AOL, Reebok, Crunchyroll through his production company The Royal Institute for Picture Quality. In recent years, Justin has focused on entrepreneurship and startup education. He co-founded GRID110, one of the premiere startup hubs in Downtown Los Angeles. He is the Founder of Caseworx, a story training platform for corporate and higher education.
 

Guest Lecturers

Josh Carlebach
Josh Carlebach

Josh Carlebach studied as an actor at SUNY purchase conservatory before falling in love with Comedia del Arte and leaving to study movement at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.  Along with a international group of fellow students he went on to found The Flying Machine Theater company in Brooklyn NY.  He’s had the privilege to develop work at The Public Theater and Soho Rep as well as tour nationally and internationally.  Touring highlights include a stint at Teatro San Gines in Santiago de Chile as well as a six-week street theater project that traversed the island of Cuba.  

In Spring 2018, Carlebach taught TVFT 5142 Movemet II: Lecoq.  

Anna Estrada
Anna Estrada

In the Fall 2017, the Department of Theater and Dance and the Graduate Studies in Television, Film, and Theater welcomed Anna Estrada from the Institut de Teatre in Barcelona, Spain.  Ms. Estrada taught TVFT 5151 Voice I and TVFT 5300.  She directed a Spanish and English Bi-lingiual production of Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega, which featured graduate students alongside undergraduate students.  

Staci Mitchell
Staci Mitchell

In Fall 2017, directed the world preimere production of Holy, Seductive Dance, which featured graduate students alongside undergraduate studentsMs. Mitchell adapted the play from the novel Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe. She is an adjunct professor in Pan-African Studies.  Visit Ms. Mitchell's website.   During Fall 2017, Ms. Mitchell taught TVFT 5300

Michael Yurchak
Michael Yurchak

Michael Yurchak is an award winning actor, voice over artist and educator. Michael works as a Lead Teaching Artist for Shakespeare Center LA, Pasadena Playhouse, Center Theater Group, and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum.  He holds a BA from Colgate University and an MA from NYU and is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

In Spring 2018, Yurchak taught TVFT 5152: Voice II