Faculty In Review

Theater Arts Department

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Abra Lynn Berman

Theater Arts Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Lauren E English

Theater Arts Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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Patricia Elise Miller

Theater Arts Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.


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David J Parr

Chair, Theater Arts Department

Mr. Parr holds degrees in English and Drama from St. Mary's University and a Master's degree in Theatre from the University of Illinois. He has taught at CCSF for the past 34 years.

He is a Bay Area actor and director. His credits include California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, Magic Theatre and TheatreWorks, among many others. He is Artistic Director of the California Revels.

Mr. Parr is former Artistic Director, Eureka Theatre, Board Treasurer, Centralworks Theatre Company. He is also General Partner in Videosyncracy Productions and has produced documentaries in Nepal and Africa. 10 year Resident Director for the California Revels. He founded the City Summer Opera program at CCSF.

He is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors' Equity Association, and the Screen Actors' Guild.


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Deborah A Shaw

Theater Arts Department

Ms. Shaw is a native San Franciscan who has been teaching at City College since 1987. She received her BA from the University of San Francisco and her MA and teaching credential from San Francisco State University. She has also taught at San Jose City College, Cal State East Bay and for the Asian American Theatre Company.

Some of her directing credits include "A Chorus Line","Pippin", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Cabaret". She has co-produced an independent feature film. Ms. Shaw is the recipient of the Peninsula Childrens Theater Association Award. She has served on the board of directors for the Asian American Theatre Company and worked with the San Francisco Young Playwrights Foundation.


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Patrick A. Toebe

Theater Arts Department

BA Industrial Relations from Rockhurst College, Kansas City, MO MFA in Lighting and Scenic Design from San Francisco State University

Prof. Toebe has been teaching at CCSF since 2006

Patrick has an extensive background in lighting and scenic design. His work has been seen across the United States and in Japan. His work includes lighting design for Theatre Flamenco (8 years), the World Institute on Disabilities (8 years), California Revels (7 years), Sacramento Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Knoxville City Ballet, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Sierra Shakespeare Festival, Centre Repertory, and Solo Opera. He has created lighting and scenic designs for Theatre of Yugen, Foothill Theatre Company, Pacific Alliance Theatre Company, Summer Repertory Theatre, A.C.T.'s Junior Rep, Centre Repertory, and many more.


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John R Wilk

Theater Arts Department

Dr. Wilk is both a director and scenic designer, having earned an MFA in scenic design as well as a Ph.D. in Theatre.
He has worked professionally, for thirteen years at the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) as well as having served as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Theatre Project for ten years.

His educational goals for students at City College are based in inclusion, extending into the community, empowering students and training them for real world jobs (entry-level).

Has been involved in Multimedia Studies, African American Excellence Program and SCANS.

The author of "Creation of Ensemble, The First Year of the American Conservatory Theatre".
"Aftermath of War" a play developed at City College from the many blogs of the Iraq War.
Served as a judge for the American College Theatre Festival for 15 years.
Has "Storytelling" performances at the Randall Museum for the last decade.

In his spare time, he enjoys tennis and coaching basketball .



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