Theatre Arts and Dance (323) 343-4110
Pamela Barragar Dunne
Professor of Theatre Arts; B.A., U.C.L.A.; Ph.D., Florida State University, Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology
Contact: (323) 343-4265
Dr. Dunne’s areas of expertise are in child drama (children’s theater and creative drama), drama therapy and film. Dunne gives workshops and presentations nationally and internationally in these areas through professional associations such as the National Association for Drama Therapy, Cross Cultural Consultants, and other professional associations. She is the author of six books; one in the area of child drama and the others in the area of drama and creative arts therapies. She is the author of two books, Double Stick Tape: Poetry, Drama and Narrative as Therpy for Adolescents and Narrative Approaches for Children.
José Cruz González
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts; M.F.A., UC Irvine
Contact: (323) 343-4128
José Cruz González served as project director of South Coast Repertory’s Hispanic Playwrights Project for 11 seasons. His plays include Waking Up In Lost Hills (A Central California Rip Van Winkle), The Red Forest, Lily Plants A Garden, Fast and Loose, September Shoes, Always Running, Two Donuts, Salt & Pepper, The Highest Heaven, La Posada, Calabasas Street, Harvest Moon and Mariachi Quixote. He was selected as a National Endowment for the Arts Director Fellow in 1985. Professor González was a recipient of a 2004 Pew/TCG National Theatre Residency, as well as a 1997 NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights with Childsplay (AZ). He is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, ASSITEJ/USA and an associate artist with Cornerstone Theater Company.
Fluent in: Spanish.
A veteran in production management, Meredith Greenburg has worked on many award-winning and critically-acclaimed productions, including the Los Angeles’s recent production of La Damnation de Faust and Deaf West/Mark Taper Forum’s Big River. Her accomplishments also include productions at New York’s Promenade Theatre, Lamb’s Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Los Angeles’s Coronet Theatre, Canon Theatre, Ahmanson and Mark Taper Forum. For eight years, she was the resident stage manager for DeafWest Theatre Company, the west coast’s only resident producing deaf theatre. She was also a professional stage manager for 15 years, working in Los Angeles and New York and for regional and commercial theatres.
Fluent in: American Sign Language.
Shiz Herrera has been working in technical theatre for more than 20 years and is an expert on technical direction, design (scenery/lighting/costumes), and stage management. She has received the 1995 Ovation Award in Lighting for Small Theatres for Sweeney Todd; a 1998 BackStage West Garland Award for Lighting for Pacific Overtures, produced by the East West Players; and has received a 2002/03 Lester Horton nomination for Excellance in Lighting for Dance.
Professor Kupka danced with the famed Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo, and was a member of the NEA-funded Moving Company of Pasadena. She created and toured her Moving Dance Images Children’s Concert under the Los Angeles Unified School District’s ICAP program. She authored several textbooks: Developing Dance Arts Literacy, Dancing Core Curriculum in the Elementary Classroom, Multicultural Approach to Dance, and Cross-Cultural Themes in Dance. She is currently in demand for master classes, workshops and intensives on children’s dance. Her specialty is teaching/inspiring teachers to use movement in the elementary classroom to explore/enhance childrens’ understanding of core curriculum and appreciation of diverse cultures.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and Dance; Ph.D., New York University
Contact: (323) 343-5127
Dr. Kwan is an expert in performance studies, Asian American studies, dance studies, and transnationalism. She has published articles in several journals including Performance Research and the Journal of Asian American Studies. She is also the co-editor of a new anthology called Mixing It Up: Multiracial Subjects, which both theorizes and personalizes the mixed race experience. She was a Fulbright scholar to Taiwan in 2000-2001 where she researched material for a book in progress, Choreographing Chineseness: Global Cities and the Performance of Ethnicity.
Dr. Larkin is an expert in acting/classical acting (Shakespeare), directing, producing (theatre, video, film), arts administration (non-profit consulting, management, strategic planning, grants, event planning), movement (choreography, modern, period, and folk), and cultural studies (cultural documentary of grassroots spiritual activism, alternative cultural environments). She received numerous theatre awards for producing and acting, and is responsible for over 200 productions (producing, directing acting, choreographing, and writing).
Hae Kyung Lee is a specialist in modern dance, choreography, composition and improvisation. She is the artistic director of the critically-acclaimed and internationally-recognized contemporary dance group Hae Kyung Lee and Dancers. She has received grants from the California Arts Council and the National-State-County Partnership, and a National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship. She is the recipient of Cal State L.A.’s 1998-99 Outstanding Professor Award and Cal State L.A.’s 1999 Distinguished Woman Award.
Fluent in: Korean.
Dr. Mason’s areas of interest are dramaturgy, dramatic literature and criticism. She was a Fulbright lecturer in The Netherlands in 1993 and has authored several articles on Dutch theatre, as well as other performance criticism. She was performance review editor of Theatre Journal from 1993 through 1995. She works professionally as dramaturg and critic. She has been involved with the Women’s Project, a playwriting lab for the Los Angeles Theatre Center, as co-director and dramaturg.
Professor Rothman, chair of the Theatre Arts and Dance department at CSULA, has been working as a professional stage director for the past 30 years and has spent time directing television sit-coms. He was the founder and artistic leader of the revitalized Pasadena Playhouse and served as the artistic director of the Sacramento Theatre Company. As a restoration theatre expert, he was involved with the restarts of The Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA, The Paramount Arts Centre in Aurora, IL,and The Pantages Centre For The Performing Arts in Tacoma, WA. He also taught as a guest lecturer or adjunct professor at such universities as USC, UC Davis, Illinois State University, Bradley University, Penn State University and Florida State University. His honors include the 2000 CARBONELL Award for Best Director for his work on GOD’S MAN IN TEXAS at Florida Stage in West Palm Beach and the Hollywood’s Dramalogue Award for Best Director of the play, Orphans, done in American Sign Language at Deaf/West Theatre in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Director’s Guild Of America.