Paul Backer M.A. California State University, Northridge, SAG, AFTRA, and Actors' Equity Association, has acted in over 30 productions, numerous film, television and voice-over roles and has directed over 40 plays. As an actor, Paul has appeared in over 30 productions, from Shakespeare to comedy improvisation, and has appeared on television and film in such shows as Days of Our Lives, The Jeffersons and On the Boulevard for PBS.
He has previously taught at University of California, Santa Barbara, PCPA Santa Maria, Glendale College and Santa Monica College and is a full-time lecturer at University of Southern California. He has been a member of several professional theatre companies, including Actors' Alley Repertory Theatre and Theatre East and is a founding board member of the American Renaissance Theatre Society in Los Angeles. He served two years on the Executive Committee of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America, an affiliation of over 75 Shakespeare theatres across North America. He also serves as Artistic Director of the Ojai Shakespeare Festival.
Anthony Carreiro - Information coming soon
Chris Fairbanks - Information coming soon
Fred Fate (Professor of Acting and Movement) has been involved as a director, actor, teacher, producer, choreographer, and writer at various theatres throughout the country over the past thirty years. Mr. Fate has directed numerous theatre productions, including the Los Angeles premiere production of Nicholas Nickelby, the Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Kentucky Cycle, Leonard Bernstein's Mass, Amadeus, Edith Stein, and Our Country's Good, which received special recognition at the GLADFEST Theatre Festival and at the 1994 Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) in Hayward, CA. He has given various workshops on topics including directing, theatre discipline, acting, movement, militant movement and computer technology for the theatre. In 1994 he was invited by the leadership of the Shanghai People's Art Theatre to lecture and lead discussions with some of the leading Theatre practitioners in China.
In addition to teaching Movement for the Actor, Mr. Fate has served as Regional Chair of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and as Project Director of Upward Bound, a program for highly motivated high school students. He has also served on the Board of Governors for the California Educational Theatre Association and as president of the Southern California Educational Theatre Association. Mr. Fate has been the recipient of the prestigious Hayward Award and the internationally-acclaimed NISOD Award, both for teaching excellence. He also received the Outstanding Theatre Educator of the Year award from the California Educational Theatre Association, and has co-authored (with LACC faculty emerita Donna Tollefson) THE ACTOR'S BOOK, detailing the philosophy and specifics of the Theatre Academy approach. 10062010 email
Leslie Ferreira's Theatre Academy production WITHIN US
Leslie Ferreira teaches acting and directing at the Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College and has supervised over 100 plays as part of the annual Student Directed One Act Play Festival. Mr. Ferreira received his MFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University, the nation's oldest drama department, and was the Managing Director of a two-stage Equity theatre in Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Mellon Theatre Company. He was the Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Park Players, and has directed at such theatres as the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Theatre Express, the City Theatre Company, the Cast Theatre, Actor's Alley, and the Skylight. He was also a consultant to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
His LACC/ City Playhouse production of The Dining Room was presented at the 1995 Greater Los Angeles Drama Festival with two of the actors winning Outstanding Performance Awards along with student designers winning awards for costumes and lighting. A member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Mr. Ferreira was for many years the Society's Regional Coordinator on the West Coast.
Mr. Ferreira has directed several West Coast productions, including the west coast premiere of Michael Weller’s SPLIT at the Cast Theatre, PETER PAN IN HOLLYWOOD at the Skylight and Terry Curtis Fox's COPS, for which he won a DramaLogue Award. Mr. Ferreira also published "One of Broadway's Finest,? an extensive interview with the late director Rouben Mamoulian in the "Journal of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers." At the 1996 Kennedy Center/ ACTF Pacific Southwest Region VIII Festival, he was one of three directors invited to direct an original play in workshop as part of the inaugural Festival of New Plays Showcase and Colloquium. Since, he has directed new plays at several KC/ACTF Festivals. His production of PLAYBACK which premiered at the Festival of New Plays in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was presented in Los Angeles at the Court Theatre for an extended run. His original production UNTO YOU was invited to perform at the KC/ACTF regional festival in Orange. Recently, he has mounted a production of CLOSER at the Evidence Room.
Mr. Ferreira also works as a writer. On network television he has written for ABC-TV, MTV, and Warner Bros., including for the situation comedy "Head of the Class." He won a bronze medal in the New York Film Festival for a film he wrote and directed, It's Your Choice.
He has received three CreateLA grants through Dreamworks to work on the Mark Taper Forum’s production of Lisa Loomer’s Expecting Isabel, on Warner Bros.’ The West Wing, and to direct Patrick Marber’s CLOSER at The Evidence Room.
He has studied German Tanztheatre techniques, and, in 1998, began training with Anne Bogart and her SITI Company in Suzuki Actor Training and the Viewpoints. Over the last four years he has taught Viewpoints and Tanztheatre workshops in Chicago, San Diego, New York and Toronto while also directing projects for ATHE PlayWorks.
He directed the stage version of the Disney/Walden film Holes for the Walden Playhouse in Denver, Colorado. email
Daniel T. Green - (Acting Faculty) - A film and theatre director, Dan received his MFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University, his BA from Southern Illinois University, and is a graduate of The Second City in Chicago. He was the Coordinator of the Carnegie Mellon University pre-College Program and taught several classes including acting, audition techniques, dramatic literature, text analysis, improvisation. He has also taught at Wilmington College, OH; The Body Politic Theatre, Chicago; Warm Springs Indian Reservation, OR; The Pittsburgh Playhouse; The DuPage Repertaory Theatre, Chicago; Triton College, Chicago; and Actors Communication Training Lab, LA.
As a film director, Dan recently completed directing and producing his second 35mm film, LISTEN, a documentary about inner city teens avoiding involvement with drugs and alcohol. It premiered at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and also screened at The Zucker Theatre, Twentieth Century Fox Studios and at New Line. His first 35MM film, ENTROPY, toured the festival circuit around the country including Temecula and Cleaveland International Film Festivals. The film is available through Atomfilms.com.
New York theatre credits include Waiting Women and Alicia in Wonder Tierra at New Dramatists and The Unruly Booby at Ensemble Studio Theatre. In Los Angeles, he has directed December Imbalance at The Third Stage, The Christmas Show at The Evidence Room, Once Buried, Twice Shy at The Barnsdall Art Gallery, Voices in Harmony at The Tiffany and Met Theatres, Dopes at Ensemble Studio West, Loving at the St. Ambrose Arts Center, and Penelope Plans at Bang Theatre and The HBO Workspace. He produced and co-directing The LACC Theatre Academy's Fifth Annual Showcase of Short Plays. He has directed over 50 plays and dozens of industrials including The Alchemist, Little Eyolf, Alcestis, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Harold and Maude, No Exit and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. He founded and directed several comedy/ improvisational groups including Authorized Personnel which toured the country.
Dan has worked in TV production on several programs including ER, The Sopranos, Party of Five, Time of Your Life, Fantasy Island, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., and She TV. He was the producing director for the company Plays On Tape, where he directed their productions of Thanatos and The Bug. He also worked on The Emmy winning TV show, The West Wing.
Beth Hogan has been featured in SLIDING INTO HADES, FAUST PROJEKT, THE GREEKS, played the title role in GOOD WOMAN OF SETZUAN as well as LOVE COUNCIL and BREMEN FREEDOM, all at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, where she serves as Associate Artistic Director. 10062010
Tony Maggio - Instructor, Acting. Tony Maggio is a proud graduate of the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy. He holds a BA and an MA in Theatre Arts from California State University, Los Angeles with an emphasis on acting and directing.
As an actor, some of the theatres he has performed with are the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Pasadena Playhouse, Odyssey, Stages, John Anson Ford Theatre, Plaza de la Raza, LA Theatre Works, and the Cast in Los Angeles and with Playwrights Horizons and the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York.
He has received five Drama-Logue Awards, three LA Weekly Awards, two Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Nominations and one LADCC Award for his various performances. He has acted in over thirty film and television roles. Some of his favorites include ER, Babylon 5, LA Confidential, Bella Mafia, and Bad Influence.
As the artistic director of the Company of Angels Theatre in Los Angeles from 1991-1994, he produced, directed and acted in over forty productions including the LADCC nominated Gods of the Lightning and Twelve Angry Men. At LACC he helped produce the original Short Play Festival and the Third Short Play Festival as well as teaching within the Theatre Departments at LACC and CSULA.
Louie Piday (Acting Instructor, Director) began her stage career in Los Angeles as a founding member of the pioneering Company Theatre before embarking on a New York theatre sojourn in Broadway and off-Broadway plays, including Oh! Calcutta!, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest , and The Karl Marx Play. Her transition into film began in commercials and voice-overs and then in television series and features. Since debuting as a director in 1975, Louie has directed extensively both in the academic and professional theatre, here and in Europe. She has also taught at USC, Long Beach Community College and South Coast Repertory Conservatory.
Al Rossi (Professor of Theatre, Head of Acting) (Shylock, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE) has acted and directed at many of America's most prestigious theatres, including the Guthrie Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Burt Reynolds Theatre, Berkeley Stage Company, and a number of theatres in the Los Angeles area, including the Mark Taper Forum and the Los Angeles Theatre Center, for which he did thirteen shows. Among the work at LATC/LAAT were playing the title role in Tartuffe and Doc in Come Back, Little Sheba. He has acted in over 200 Equity productions, and has directed over a hundred plays and/or musicals. Al has dozens of film and TV credits, including "OUTLAND," "DIRTY MARY CRAZY LARRY," "ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN," " and HBO's "SOUL OF THE GAME." He has a special fondness for working with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in Death of a Salesman, Charleton Heston in Detective Story, Bert Lahr in Burlesque, Zoe Caldwell in The Miser, and Tyne Daley, a magnificent Lola in Sheba. And a memorable experience with Alan Alda and Mike Farrell in "MASH."
His range in directing goes from classics -- Antony and Cleopatra, The Cherry Orchard -- to musicals -- Oklahoma, Company -- to contemporary plays --Nuts, Cloud Nine, Rumors, The Grapes of Wrath, and Sticks and Bones, which he directed at La Biennale in Venice, Italy. Three of Al's productions were selected as Regional winners in Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festivals: The Lower Depths (for UC Davis), and Division Street and Trafford Tanzi (The Wrestling Musical) for LACC Theatre Academy. He has degrees from Loyola University of Chicago and the Universities of Kansas and Minnesota. Al's two books are based on his work with his mentor, Sir Tyrone Guthrie: Astonish Us in the Morning: Tyrone Guthrie Remembered and Minneapolis Rehearsals: Tyrone Guthrie Directs Hamlet. He is currently working on a play about Guthrie and performed part of it at The Belfast Arts Festival in November, 1997. Al has been on the faculties of Hunter College in New York, the University of California at Davis, and LA City College's Theatre Academy, where he is Head of the Professional Acting Program. He played Menelaus in The Greeks at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, and was seen in the role of Richard M. Nixon in American Iliad at the Victory Theatre in Burbank.
Jennifer Rountree (Head of Voice Development) teaches Voice Development and Oral Interpretation at the Academy. She has taught acting and voice for many years in the Theatre, Film, and Television Department at UCLA, in both the graduate and undergraduate programs.