Faculty In Review

Theater Arts Department

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Susan J Jackson

Theater Arts Department

B.C.A., University of North Carolina, Charlotte; M.F.A ., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Ms. Jackson has been a teacher at CCSF since 1983.

She is a student advocate for acting (coaching) and directing (providing opportunities to mentor students to direct major productions). She has developed a playwrighting curriculum that incorporates playwrights, actors, and directors.

Ms. Jackson has been an Actress with the highly acclaimed Pear Avenue Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, Palo Alto Players, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, and Act Now! in Walnut Creek, portraying major roles that received high praise. She was an Adjudicator with the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival. She is a Board Member of the Eugene O'Neill Foundation. She has won a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Original Play in 2009, and has her own theatre company: SOUTHERN RAILROAD THEATRE COMPANY. She is a member of Dramatists Guild of America, Pear Writers Guild, and former member of PlayGround.

She was selected for WHO'S WHO OF AMERICAN TEACHERS in 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Her extracurricular activities include jogging, and writing. She has published several short stories, poems and had several plays produced in the Bay Area.

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Patricia E Miller

Theater Arts Department

MFA Theatre Directing UC Davis, MA Theatre and Media Studies Hull university UK, BA English, Drama and American Studies Manchester University UK

Prof. Miller has been teaching at CCSF since 2015

Director for American Night October 2019.
Teaching Acting, Improvisation and Survey of Classical Theatre (online) and Theatre Elements (non-credit)

U.S.-born, raised and trained in the U.K. Patricia Miller brings a diversity of experience to theatre directing, teaching, acting and playwriting. Her theatre-making work creates a strong dynamic between text work and physical theatre techniques across many genres, ranging from classics with strong text work integrated with physical theatre techniques, to new play development, modern works and live arts genres including circus, opera and interactive ritual.

Patricia Miller's work has been seen all over California, Europe and the U.K., including directing Edinburgh premieres. She has an MFA in directing from UC Davis.
U.S. directing credits include The Magic Theatre, UC Riverside, UC Davis, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and Teatro Zinzanni.
U.K. directing credits include Mountview Theatre School, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, New Playwrights Festival, Riverside Studios and the Edinburgh Festival.
Millerís teaching credits include UC Riverside, UC Davis, Berkeley City College, San Francisco City College, California Shakespeare Festival, Aurora Theatre Education and the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.
Past CCSF productions include world premiere of Tim Robbins' The Cradle Will Rock, Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Naomi Itzuka's Annonymous. Contemporary Perfromance Projects " Sister Mister Resistor" and " Can you See Me" explore the diverse voices of women and writers of color in contemporary US theatre.

Faculty representative for CCSF Theatre Club and Improv Club.

Member of Director's Guild, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Theatre Bay Area, New Play Exchange.

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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 of San Francisco 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/choreography credits include "Pippin", "Sweet Charity", "Chicago" 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. She has worked with the San Francisco Young Playwrights Foundation as a mentor and director. Deborah is the acting consultant for the Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences Department at UCSF. She recently was seen in Morris Bobrow's Are We Almost There? The Travel Musical Comedy Revue at the Phoenix Theater.

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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 an Associate Director for several plays at the Geary Theatre, as well as having served as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Theatre Project for ten years. Has also worked in different capacities with California (Berkeley) Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Jewish Theatre, Hilberry Repertory Theatre, Buffalo Theatre Project, Julian Theatre, the Living Theatre and the Professional Actor Training Program at the American Conservatory Theatre.

Prof. Wilk has been teaching at CCSF since 2018

His educational goals for students at City College are based in inclusion, extending into the community, empowering students by training them for real world jobs (entry-level), as well as self exploration for those who wish to extend themselves by using Performance classes in Theatre to explore their own limitations.

Curriculum co-Chair of the creation of the Multimedia Studies; taught within the Older Adults Department, African American Excellence Program, all at City College of San Francisco. SLO coordinator for the Theatre Department's Performance classes, as well as having been involved with the creation of its Associate of Arts in Theatre for Transfer Degree, and a majority of its curriculum development.

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.
Seven musicals with the Dymphna productions at St. Aidan's Church.
Served as a judge for the American College Theatre Festival for 15 years.
Has annual "Storytelling" performances at the Randall Museum and the Glen Park Library since 2000.

Avid USTA tennis player, "Captain of the Year" in San Francisco 2011. Coached basketball at the middle school level for 13 years.Practitioner of Iyengar yoga.Participant in the SIerra Storytelling Festival since 1997.

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