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Department ofTheatre and Dance




Year Production Role Director Company
2017 Black Odyssey Pa Slidin' Eric Ting California Shakespeare
2016 Fences Troy Maxson Raelle Myrick Hodges California Shakespeare
2016 Othello Othello Eric Ting California Shakespeare
2016 Henry IV Part I Falstaff Lileana Blain-Cruz Oregon Shakespeare
2016 Henry IV Part I Falstaff Carl Cofield Oregon Shakespeare
2015 Fallen Angels Maurice Duclos Robert Kelley TheatreWorks
2015 King Lear Kent Amanda Dehnert California Shakespeare
2013 This is How It Goes Cody Tom Ross Aurora
2013 Lady Windermere's Fan Lord Windermere Christopher L. Moore California Shakespeare
2013 The Winter's Tale King Polixines Patricia MacGregor California Shakespeare
2012 Othello Othello Jasson Minadakis Marin Theatre Company
2012 Spunk Sweetback/ Joe Patricia MacGregor California Shakespeare
2011 Collapse Ted/Bulldog Jessica Heidt Aurora
2010 Jesus Moonwalks the Miss Demeter Amy Mueller Cuttingball
2010 Don't Go Away Mad Greedy Reed Lee Sankowick SF Playhouse
2010 In the Red & Brown Water Shango Ryan Rilette Marin Theatre Company
2010 9 Circles Man u/s Kent Nickelson Marin Theatre Company
2009 The Rant Charles Simmons Seth Rozin InterAct Theatre
2009 War Music u/s Homer/Ajax/Agam/Hector Lillian Garrer Groag ACT
2009 This is How It Goes Cody Lee Sankowick Zephyr
2008 Radio Golf Harmond Wilks Harry Elam TheatreWorks
2008 1st Person Shooter Daniel/ Governor Lee Sankowick Zephyr
2007 Elephant Man Joseph Merrick Robert Kelly TheatreWorks
2006 Gem of the Ocean Citizen Barlow Reuben Santiago Hudson ACT
2006 Gem of the Ocean Caesar Reuben Santiago Hudson ACT
2005 Splittin' the Raft Fred Douglas/ Nigger Jim Danny Scheie Marin Theatre Company
2004 Anna Christie Mat Burke Lee Sankowick Zephyr
2004 Othello Othello Cynthia White Marin Shakespeare
2003 The Exonerated Delbert Tibbs Amy Himes City Lights Theatre Co.
2003 Richard II Abbot of Westminister Libby Appel Oregon Shakespeare
2002 Merry Wives of Windsor Host Sari Ketter Shakespeare Santa Cruz
2002 Hairy Ape Yank Lee Sankowick Marin Theatre Company
2002 Coriolanus Tullus Aufidius Kent Gash Shakespeare Santa Cruz
2001 Othello Othello Nicholas Ruddall Illinois Shakespeare
2001 Coriolanus Tullus Aufidius John Sipes Illinois Shakespeare
2000 The Winter's Tale LeontesFather Fred Tollini Santa Clara University
2000 The Old Settler Husband Witherspoon Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe TheatreWorks
2000 In the Blood Preacher & Baby  Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe TheatreWorks
2000 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Levee Luther James Lorraine Hansberry
2000 Exhibit #9 Baby Eddie Jinny Reed Venue 9
1999 Paul Robeson Paul Robeson Barbara Fraser Santa Clara University
1999 Paul Robeson Paul Robeson Barbara Fraser Plano Repertory
1999 Gum Anayat Jeanne Randich Magic Theatre
1998 MidSummer Night's Dream Theseus Penny Metropulos Oregon Shakespeare
1998 Les Blancs Tshembe Tim Bond Oregon Shakespeare
1998 Cymbeline Cloten Jim Edmonson Oregon Shakespeare

Panelist for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Conference 2017: "Diversity in Casting"

Stage Director: Million Dollar Quartet for Palo Alto Players, September 2017

Panelist for TBA (Theatre Bay Area) Annual Conference 2016 “Director and Designer Communication"

Co-Author with David Popalisky on academic paper, “Futurismo: Linking Past and Present Through an Artistic Aesthetic” in Theatre Topics, Nov. 2016 issue

Lead Actor: Dr. Astrov in Uncle Vanya for Pear Ave Theatre, Feb/Mar 2016

Stage Director: Calendar Girls for City Lights Theater Company, December 2016

Director: Green Day's American Idiot for City Lights Theater Company, Summer 2016

Co-Instructor with Professor Popalisky: “Performing Our Environment,” Winter 2016

Presenter: International University Global Theatre Experience Conference "We Are The Futurists," Styria Austria, December 2015

Participant 3-day SCU Workshop: “Developing Multi-Media Content to Enhance Student Understanding,” June 2015

Panelist for TBA (Theatre Bay Area) Annual Conference 2015 “Backstage Human Resources: The Director as HR Rep”

Recipient of NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) grant with other Department of Theatre and Dance colleagues

Stage Director: M. Butterfly for City Lights Theater Company, Spring 2015

Participant in 3-day Creativity Workshop, New York City, NY, Winter 2015

Playwright: Truce: A Christmas Wish From The Great War with Kit Wilder for City Lights Theater Company, Winter 2015

Lead Actor: Serge in Art for City Lights Theater Company, Fall 2014

Pilates on Tour Mountain View, CA (August 2017)

Attended Pilates on Tour in San Francisco (July 2016)

Karyn Connell traveled to Chicago to study ballet with her colleagues and mentors (July 2015).



Derek Duarte designed lighting for Pirates of Penzance, Pacific Repertory Theater, Carmel, CA, director Stephen Moorer, January, 2015.

Derek Duarte designed lighting for Carlota (world premiere opera), composed by Paul Davies, Mexican Heritage Theater, director Daniel Helfgot, February, 2015. (collaborated on projection design as well)

Derek Duarte designed lighting for Les Miserables, Peninsula Youth Theater, director Michael Champlin, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, March, 2015.

Derek Duarte designed lighting for Revive, Resurge, Remain (world premiere), Ahdanceco at ODC Commons, San Francisco, CA, Choreographer Abigail Hosein, April, 2015.

Derek Duarte designed lighting for TSW Best Practices Conference, Santa Clara Convention Center, in collaboration with the Technical Services Industrial Association and Allstar Group, May, 2015.

Derek Duarte designed lighting for Exquisite Love (world premiere), Abhinaya Dance Company at the San Francisco International Arts Festival, Choreographer Mythili Kumar, Cowell Theater, June, 2015.

Derek Duarte designed lighting for Into The Woods, Western Stage, Jon Selover director, June 2015.

Derek Duarte designed lighting for Corridos (new adaptation by Luis Valdez), Western Stage in conjunction with El Teatro Campesino’s 50th Anniversary, directed by Lorenzo Aragon and Cesar Flores, August, 2015.

Kristin Kusanovich recently Assistant Directed and Choreographed David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly at City Lights Theatre and received a performance commission from Marquette University for Six Psalms, an evening length solo dance performed with actor George Drance, S.J. for Chance Company.
Her most recent publication in a peer-reviewed international journal is
Cranston, J. & Kusanovich, K. (2014). How Shall I Act? Nurturing the Dramatic and Ethical Imagination of Educational Leaders. International Studies in Educational Administration, 07/2014; 42(2):45-62.
Her first full-length book will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in a series entitled, Creativity, Education and the Arts. This co-authored volume contains three new one-act plays for teacher leaders on advising gay-straight alliances, intercolleague bullying in schools and the micropolitics of field experiences.
Her most recent grants are the National Endowment for the Arts NEA grant for El Proyecto Creativo (co-investigator) and a Hackworth Grant for research on ethics from the Markkula Center for Ethics at SCU.
2015:  Spamalot, Bellarmine College Prep w/ Director, Russ Marcel (SCU Alum)
           Lana's Dance Studio Adult program and annual recital
           Pulse Teacher Workshop, NYC
           Dance classes at Steps on Broadway
2016:  Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Bellarmine College Prep w/ Director, Peter Canavese (SCU Alum)
           Lana's Dance Studio Adult Program and annual recital
           NYC Immersion Trip with T&D Department-Show research
           Dance classes at Steps on Broadway
2017   Pippin, Bellarmine College Prep w/Director, Jeremy Lum
           Broadway Teachers Workshop, NYC
           Dance classes at Broadway Dance Center, NYC
           Lana's Dance Studio Adult program and annual recital
           Currently working on: Oklahoma! with San Jose Lyric Theatre


Dialect Coaching:

  • Rags at TheatreWorks
  • Noises Off at SF Playhouse
  • Outside Mullingar at TheatreWorks
  • The Wild Boy at Dragon Theater 
  • Awake & Sing at SCU with Guest Director Scott Kaiser of Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • The Elephant Man at CityLights
  • Triangle (World Premiere) at TheatreWorks
  • Sweeney Todd at TheatreWorks
  • The Rainmaker at San Jose Stage Co.
  • The House that Will Not Stand at Berkeley Rep (World Premiere, Co-Pro with Yale Rep; Glickman Award Winner, 2015, Finalist TBA Awards – Overall Outstanding Production 2014)
  • Threepenny Opera at San Jose Stage (TBA Award Winner  – Outstanding Production 2014)
  • The Language Archive at CityLights
  • Spamalot at CityLights
  • Water by the Spoonful at TheatreWorks


  • *A Thousand Splendid Suns (A.C.T./Theatre Calgary)(*Asst. Director)
  • Arcadia, SCU Mayer Theatre
  • When the Rain Stops Falling, Dragon Theater Co.
  • Venus in Fur, San Jose Stage Co.
  • In the Next Room (or, the vibrator play), City Lights Theater
  • The Other Place, Dragon Theater Co.
  • The Tempest, SCU Mayer Theatre
  • Footloose, West Valley Light Opera
  • In the Heights, SCU Mayer Theatre


  • Voice & Storytelling Workshop – Northern California Innocence Project, Restorative Justice Retreat, August 2016
  • Coloring Outside the Lines – Dialect Workshop – ATHE Conf. in Montreal August 2015
  • Guest Lecture – Soc. Justice & Arts (Brian Thorstenson) May 2015
  • A.C.T. Young Conservatory – Guest Lecture – Dialect Mar 2015
  • Student Life Voice Workshop Feb. 2015
  • Ignatian Center – Western Conversations at Gonzaga Univ. Oct. 2014
Barbara Murray
Costume Designer.  Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand with a new adaptation by Lisa Tromovitch, for Livermore Shakespeare Festival. Performed at Wente Winery, Livermore CA, July 2017
Costume Designer. The Music Man by Meredith Wilson for Lyric Theatre. Performed at Montgomery Theatre, San Jose CA, October 2016
Costume Designer for Ulysses in Night Town by James Joyce for Muhllenberg College PA, Department of Theatre and Dance, May 2016
Director. The Serenade by Victor Herbert for Lyric Theatre. Performed at Montgomery Theatre, San Jose CA, June 2016

Currently directing Oklahoma by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Lyric Theatre, to be performed in October 2017


WALKING WITH WALT (group 10’) 2015, Wally Schnalle original score.
Pasadena Dance Festival, Lineage Performance Center, Pasadena CA, January 18, 2015; Vision Series, Cowell Theatre, San Francisco, CA, March 7, 2015; DUMBO Dance Festival, Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, October 9-10, 2015

THANK GOOD YOU BYE (group 13’) 2014, Zoe Keating, Dustin Wong, original video.
Images ’14, Santa Clara University, February 6-9, 2014

Presentation with Jeffrey Bracco: "Futurismo: Linking Past and Present Through an Artistic Aesthetic"
International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 2014

SCU Theatrical Production, 2013, Santa Clara University, May 10-18, 2013

FUTURISMO (group 14’) 2013, John Adams, Earl Scruggs, Zap Mama, F.T. Marinetti, created in collaboration with Jeffrey Bracco.
Images ’13, Santa Clara University, February 7-10, 2013

SWIMMING UPSTREAM (solo 3’) 2012, Phillip Glass
Beijing Community Theatre, Beijing, China, December 17, 2012

RETURN TO HJ JUNCTION (trio 10’) 2012, John Adams
Vision Series, Cowell Theatre, San Francisco, CA, March 16, 2012; Pasadena Dance Festival, Lineage Performance Center, Pasadena CA, April 20-21, 2012; DUMBO Dance Festival, John Ryan Theatre, Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 28-29, 2012; MUSICAL MAVERICKS SERIES, Santa Clara University, October 27, 2012

2015 SILICON VALLEY CREATES, Artist Laureate Award, Onstage $5000, recognizing sustained choreographic achievement

“ ‘Strutting and Fretting on the Seams’: Jesuit Performance and Catholicism in the United States.”  Catholicism, Literature and the Arts Conference.  Durham University.  Durham, UK.  July 2017.
“Hecuba in Massachusetts: Classical Theatre and US Jesuit Education.”  ATINER Visual and Performing Arts Conference.  Athens, Greece.  May 2017.
Invited Keynote Address.  Georgetown University Lavender Graduation.  Washington, DC.  April 2017.
“ ‘Behind Thucydides Stands Aristophanes’: Jesuit Performance in the United States.”  Comparative Drama Conference.  Orlando, Florida.  April 2017.
“ ‘You are to be living actors in…the theatre of the world’: The Role and Significance of the Performing Arts in 19th- and 20th-Century Jesuit Education.”  Loyola Chair Public Lecture 2. Wednesday 1 March 2017 (Lincoln Center Campus, New York).  Thursday, 9 March 2017 (Rose Hill Campus, Bronx, New York).
“The True, the Good and the Beautiful: Calderón’s Two Dreams.”  Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, New York, New York.  Tuesday, 6 December 2016.  Collaboration with George Drance, SJ, Artistic Director of Magis Theatre Company.
“ ‘Strutting and Fretting’ on the Seams: Jesuit Performance in the United States.”  Loyola Chair Public Lecture 1. Wednesday, 2 November 2016 (Lincoln Center Campus, New York).  Thursday, 17 November 2016 (Rose Hill Campus, Bronx, New York).
“Playing for the Greater Glory of God: Jesuits and the Performing Arts.” Bellarmine College Preparatory School.  Faculty Series.  February 2015.  San Jose, California.

“Restoration and Migration: Jesuit Performance on American Stages.” Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience, 1814-2014. Loyola University Chicago and the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage. Chicago, Illinois.  October 2014.

“Dance,” “Performing Arts,” “Theatre,” and “Vocation.”  In The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Jesuits, edited by Thomas Worcester, S.J.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Review of Andreas Friz’s Letter on Tragedies (ca. 1741-1744): An Eighteenth-Century Jesuit Contribution to Theatre Poetics, by Nienke Tjoelker. Journal of Jesuit Studies 3 1 (2016): 154-156.
“Bridging the Distance: Jesuit Performance Transposed to a Contemporary Key.”  Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America.  Ed. Anna Harwell Celenza and Anthony R. DelDonna.  Philadelphia: St. Joseph’s University Press, 2014.  191-206.