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    Jeffrey Bracco

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

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

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

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

    Recipient of NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) grant with other Department of Theatre and Dance colleagues with work to follow in 2016.

    Professor Popalisky and I will be teaching a class and providing a performance opportunity for middle-school students in our community which we are calling, “Performing Our Environment”

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

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

    Co-Writer with David Popalisky on academic paper, “Futurismo: Linking Past and Present Through an Artistic Aesthetic” – currently being revised and will be re-submitted for possible publication

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    Karyn Lee Connell

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

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    Derek Duarte

    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.

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    Kristin Kusanovich

    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.
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    Kimberly Mohne Hill

    Dialect Coaching:

    • 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


    • Footloose, West Valley Light Opera
    • When the Rain Stops Falling, Dragon Theater Co.
    • Venus in Fur, San Jose Stage Co.
    • The Other Place, Dragon Theater Co.
    • The Tempest, SCU Mayer Theater
    • In the Heights, SCU Mayer Theater


    • 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
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    Barbara Murray

    Directed The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein for Lyric Theatre. Performed at Montgomery Theatre in San Jose, March 21-29, 2015.

    Designed Costumes for As You like It by William Shakespeare for Livermore Shakespeare Festival July 2-August 2, 2015.

    Designed Costumes for Walking With Walt choreographed by David Popalisky. Performed in San Francisco at the 14th Vision Series Dance Festival (March 7, 2015), and in Los Angeles at the 8th Pasadena Dance Festival and at the DUMBO Festival in New York, NY (October 2015).

    Assistant Producer for Lyric Theatre's production of The Pirates of Penzance.

    Organized ArtStart program—a preshow program for children and youth—engaging them in creative arts and activities exploring Operetta and Pirates in particular.

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    David Popalisky

    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

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    Michael A. Zampelli, S.J.


    Zampelli, Michael A.  “Playing for the Greater Glory of God: Jesuits and the Performing Arts.” Bellarmine College Preparatory School.  Faculty Series.  February 2015.  San Jose, California.

    Zampelli, Michael A.  “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.


    Zampelli, Michael A.  “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.