Faculty & Staff

 Monte L. Cooper (Performing Arts Technician/Scene Shop Supervisor)



Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs at El Portal Center


Oliver! Telluride Repertory Theatre Company

James L. Moody (Technical Director/Lighting Designer)

Southern Illinois University (B.S. in Science, 1967) and U.C.L.A. (M.F.A. in Technical Theatre and Design, 1969) His thirty plus years of professional technical entertainment and design bring cutting edge understanding of the latest techniques and tools used in today's marketplace to the program. After graduation he spent five years learning R&D of lighting control systems and fixtures at Berkey-Colortran Inc. and then went on to assist famed Broadway lighting designer, Jules Fisher on several productions including "Jesus Christ Superstar. " He was one of the founders in the field of touring concerts lighting. Over the next ten years he designed and/or production managed John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles, The Osmonds, the Captain & Tennille, Seals & Crofts, Barry White, Dolly Parton, Jackson Browne, Jose Jose, Andy Gibb, Frank Zappa, Billy Preston, Blondie, Stevie Wonder, America, the Beach Boys, and many others. He toured the world gaining valuable experience in logistics and dealing with international equipment, crews, and venues. He was singled out to receive the first Concert Lighting Designer of the Year Award from Performance magazine Reader&rsquos Poll in 1980. He has published two textbooks based on his concert experiences, "Concert Lighting: Techniques, Art, and Business" under the Focal Press banner, and a new book, "The Business of Theatrical Design" from Allworth Press.

Not content with just two fields, he is also certified as a Director of Photography with I.A.National Local #600 in Hollywood. His credits in film and television are dominated by long associations with Entertainment Tonight (10 years), Jeopardy! (3 years), Hard Copy (7 years), Wheel of Fortune (12 years). All totaled he has racked up 6,000 hours of television programming and over 60 Infomercials and direct to tape projects. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Science and serves on the Technical Production Committee with two Emmy nominations and several other industry awards in these fields.

Corporate shows and special projects, such as the 300-foot tall rings that dominated the skyline above Salt Lake City during the last Winter Olympics, he says are possible because of his theatre experience. His ability to solve design and technical problems for the full range of theatrical media has made him a sought after speaker and lecturer as well as an author of over 50 technical articles in all the leading theatre and entertainment media publications.

To assist him in all these projects were his partners and staff at Visual Terrain, Inc. at which he was Senior Designer and C.E.O. with offices in Van Nuys, C and Orlando, Fl. The firm has also won numerous awards for their architectural, themed projects, and commercial designs including the 60-foot light columns at the entry to LAX Airport, as well as recent concert designs for Bruce Springsteen, Styx, Shania Twain, and more.

He has, however, always maintained close ties to theatre and to date has designed over 150 LORT, Equity Waiver, and college productions. He is currently the Technical Director and resident Lighting Designer for the Lizard Head Theatre Company, an Equity group during the summers in Telluride, Colorado. A member of United Scenic Artists, Local #829 union since 1980, he is actively involved in the organizations efforts to support designer&rsquos growth. He has been a member of United State Institute for Theatre Technology since 1968 and served on the Board of Directors for over ten years as well as being on the Publications Committee and was recently named Vice Commissioner for Lighting Design. In 1997 the Institute honored him with their "Fellow" status and in 2003 gave him the Joel E. Rubin Founders Award for outstanding and continuing contributions to the Institute. He has been an adjunct and/or Artist-In-Residence at seven universities including the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

Recently he accepted a position as co-chair of the ESTA Essential Skills Committee, which is developing a national standard test for theatrical technicians. At the Academy, besides his overall technical supervision of all the productions, Jim teaches Stagecraft, Stage Management and Lighting Design.

One of the most active lighting designers in the country, Jim recently designed three shows, A Midsummer Night&rsquos Dream, Proof and Behind the Broken Words with Roscoe Lee Browne and Anthony Zerbe, in the historic Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, CO.

Rocky Horror Kevin L. Morrissey, Associate Professor of Theater Arts, Department Chair

B.F.A., DePaul University

M.F.A., New York University

Office:  TA208

323-953-4000, X: 2992



Kevin Morrissey teaches design at the Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College, and has designed scenery and lighting for over 50 productions including A Raisin in the Sun, The Crucible, Fuddy Meers, Rabbit Hole, The Shape of Things, The Merchant of Venice, The School for Scandal and The Brain from Planet X.  He also taught at the University of California, Riverside, where he designed scenery, costumes, lighting and sound for numerous productions including Mother Courage, Angels in America, The Laramie Project, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show andFool for Love

Mr. Morrissey has worked extensively in educational theatre and in the entertainment industry as a designer for theatre, film, television, and industrial production.  After receiving his B.F.A. from DePaul University, he interned at the Metropolitan Opera in New York where he worked with noted designers Franco Zeffirelli, and Zack Brown.  He received his M.F.A. from New York University, studying with Oliver Smith, John Conklin and Steven Hendrickson.  His film and television credits include Assistant Art Director/Set Designer on Ed and His Dead Mother and Babylon 5, and Set Designer for Resurrection Blvd. and Crusade, Frasier and Becker.  His feature film credits include Set Designer for Elizabethtown andFlight of the Phoenix, Assistant Scenic Designer for the Emmy Award-winning production of Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, and Assistant to the Production and Costume Designer Richard Hornung for Light Sleeper.  Mr. Morrissey is a member of The Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800—Set Designers and Model Makers. 

 Tesshi Nakagawa (Adjunct Assistant Professor)

Vern Yonemura (Performing Arts Technician/Lighting and Sound Supervisor)

Michele Wolfson (Performing Arts Technician/Stage Management Supervisor, Property Supervisor)