CSUEB Theatre and Dance Department Newsletter
Fall Edition | Volume 8 | Issue 2


We will be celebrating Professor Tom Hird as he is set to retire in June 2019, as well as celebrating the faculty that has served in the CSUEB Theatre & Dance Department for 55 years!

As a department we want to get as many alumni, current students, past professors and current professors to help us celebrate this special time in our department.

It will be a joyous occasion where we will have a faculty comedy roast, slideshow of department memories, door prizes, theatre company ticket giveaways and refreshments.

To RSVP, please email: 
Our Fall Productions
CSU Ferguson
Directed by A. Fajilan
November 10 - 11 | November 17 - 19
Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 PM
Sunday @ 2:00 PM

University Theatre
Produced & Choreographed by
Eric Kupers and Nina Haft

ICE: December 1 @ 7:30
December 2 @ 2:00 PM

ICE-X: December 2 @ 7:30 PM
PE 140
Holy Ghosts
Directed by Linda Amayo-Hassan
December 8 - 10
Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 PM
Sunday @ 2:00 PM

Studio Theatre
To see our whole production season, check here.
Welcome to our Guest Director and new Acting Professor
Linda Amayo-Hassan is currently directing the play Holy Ghosts by Romulus Linney. The play is being produced through the class, “A Peak Behind the Scenes”, which the department offers each Fall term. For the past 17 years Linda has been an instructor at Chabot College where she has taught courses in Voice and Acting as well as directed many mainstage shows. She has also run the Theater for Young Audiences program while at Chabot. For this program she has written and directed her own plays, mostly based on adaptations and re-imaginings of children’s folktales. Before focusing her time mostly on teaching, directing and playwriting, Linda worked as an actress at various theaters across the country, including Berkeley Repertory Theater; Kansas City Repertory Theatre (formerly The Missouri Rep) and Coterie Theater in Kansas City; Teatro del Pueblo in Minnesota; INTAR, The Lincoln Center Institute, The Ohio Theater and The Carlotta Santana Flamenco Dance Company in New York City. Here in Hayward Linda has worked on theater projects with the Hayward Area Historical Society who commissioned her to write The Heart of Our Bay, a play about the history of Hayward which premiered at the opening of their new space in downtown Hayward. Linda is a resident of Hayward and lives with her husband, two teenagers and two adorable dogs, near downtown.
As an actor, director, and educator deeply committed to unfolding the artistry of the human body, voice, and spirit, Miriam Ani is delighted to join the faculty of the Department of Theatre & Dance, teaching Fundamentals of Acting/ Acting Contemporary US Drama for the fall 2017 quarter. Miriam earned her MFA in Acting with a focus in voice from CUNY Brooklyn, and also holds an advanced teaching certificate in yoga. She is a past company member of Hedgerow Theatre (Media, PA) playing such roles as Ariel in The Tempest across from Robert Lanchester’s Prospero and Rose in A Hotel on Marvin Gardens, directed by playwright Nagle Jackson. In 2015, Miriam originated the lead role Abigail in the world premiere of Jim Knable’s Green Man (Stages Theatre, LA) and has the distinct privilege of being distinguished as original cast member in the published Samuel French version of the play script. Since relocating to the Bay Area, Miriam has appeared as the title role in The Heiress (Palo Alto Players), Irina in Three Sisters (Douglas Morrisson Theatre), Sébastienne in Livermore Shakes’ Tempest, Lady Macbeth (Half Moon Bay Shakes), and Karen in August Osage County (Novato Theatre Company). She directed The Hallelujah Girls for North Bay Stage Company (2016) and will direct The Crucible for Pacifica Spindrift Players’ 2017-18 season. Miriam also teaches for the Marin Shakespeare Company, Castro Valley Dramatic Arts Academy, and the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. She is a proud KCACTF respondent and Theatre Bay Area adjudicator since 2014.
Scholarship Recipients
Theatre and Dance

Jossue Gallardo is a previous recipient of the Cal State University East Bay, Theatre and Dance Department’s Technology and Design Award and was also awarded a scholarship by the CSUEB Friends of the Arts in 2015.  Gallardo’s concentration is in Stage Management and has worked in this capacity for the Theatre and Dance Department for the fall 2016 production of Cymbeline and the winter 2017 production of Cabaret.
In February 2017, Gallardo won first place among Stage Manager submissions at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region VII (Pacific Northwest). His prize included a trip to attend the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where he was able to meet with professional mentors and his fellow peers within the eight regions across the United States participating in KCACTF.
Jossue spent this summer in an internship with the Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

From a small town across the bay called San Carlos, Sandy Young-Cellilo is a senior at California State University East Bay studying Musical Theatre and Costume Design.
After a childhood of chasing her artistic passions in performance and visual art, as well as her professional pursuit of costuming through Cosplay, Sandy is thrilled to be attending a school that offers courses in so many different forms of art. Recently, she attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, where she worked to hone her skills in performance, dance, and costume design, and received a Meritorious Achievement award for her costume designs for the fall 2017 production of Shakespeare's Cymbeline. Other productions she has worked on during her time as a student at CSUEB include her stunning performance as a Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret, and her work as an Assistant Stage Manager for Thornton Wilder's, Our Town. She'd like to thank all of those who gave her the opportunity to be where she is now, and she greatly looks forward to future work in both design and performance theatre.

Technology and Design

Grace Ortega is originally from East Los Angeles, California. When she started as a student at CSUEB, her main focus was a Musical Theatre concentration since she enjoyed performing in high school. After attending theatre classes, Ortega discovered a love for Technical Theatre Work in the Theatre and Dance Department. Recently, Grace started learning about Stage Management, which resulted in her working as a Stage Manager for several CSUEB Theatre and Dance productions, such as Our Town. Ortega was also Assistant Stage Manager for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and In The Beginning, God Created Difference.  In addition, Grace Ortega applied her talents towards Sound Design for Cymbeline and serving as Assistant Director for Cabaret.
In February 2017, Ortega recently placed second among Sound Design submissions for her work on Cymbeline at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region VII (Pacific Northwest). She was awarded with an opportunity to attend the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV in 2018.
Grace has also accepted a Stage Management internship with California Shakespeare Theatre in Berkeley, California for summer 2017 and will be working on their upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.

Alma De Luis is a first-generation college student. Since the age of nine, she has directed her interests in the Visual Arts, specifically towards Costume Design. She taught herself to sew by hand and took lessons to learn machine sewing. Since high school she has been gaining experience as a Costume Designer for school productions in the CSUEB Theatre and Dance Department. Constantly delving into her craft, she is already making fantastical custom costumes for herself and her clients. While at CSUEB she was the Costume Designer for the productions of CSU Ferguson and Bend the Arc. Alma is currently in her third year at California State University East Bay and will be graduating in 2018. She ultimately hopes to design costumes for television and film.
Len Libresco Family & Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian Musical Theatre

Transferring form Western Washington University, Kylara Pankow, originally from Washington, came to California State University East Bay specifically for the Musical Theatre option and the diversity of the campus. Kylara is a junior at California State University East Bay with a Theatre and Dance Major and Musical Theatre option.
Pankow has led an interesting life by helping to raise her three sisters, building a mud house in Uganda and serving the homeless and recovering addicts in a Boston soup kitchen. She is always willing to go above and beyond in helping her classmates and instructors, as well as learning new skills in the CSUEB Theatre and Dance Department, all while performing in productions and maintaining a 3.8 GPA.
Since becoming a Theatre and Dance Major, Pankow has been in ten major productions the department has produced, including most recently, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Cymbeline and Cabaret.
Upon graduating in 2018, Kylara plans for more theatre internships, helping her sisters attend college and experimenting with child-related careers. Kylara has also accepted an internship at Livermore Shakespeare Festival for Summer 2017 in Livermore, California.

Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian Musical Theatre
Mariah Kuhn is a previous recipient of the Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian Musical Theatre Scholarship and was recognized last year as the Theatre and Dance Student of Merit by the CSUEB Friends of the Arts.
Kuhn is from Yuba City/Marysville, California and a third year Theatre and Dance Major with a Musical Theatre option at CSUEB. Mariah is an active student on the California State University East Bay campus, participating in peer mentoring, clubs, community service and performing in Theatre and Dance Department productions, all while maintaining a high GPA. Kuhn has performed in eight shows at CSUEB including recently, Our Town, Cymbeline and Cabaret.
She has competed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region VII, in the division of Acting for the last two years. Mariah has learned a tremendous amount from KCACTF, which has helped her to grow as a person and performer in many ways. She sees it as an honor to participate as a nominee and made many connections as well as learned new and valuable knowledge from the Festivals.
In summer of 2016, Mariah had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Open Jar Institute in New York, which is a Broadway-integrated actor training program.
CSUEB Friends of the Arts Theatre and Dance Student of Merit

Stephanie Gomez is a junior at California State University East Bay. Gomez is a Theatre and Dance Major, with a Dance option, with a Minor in Art.
Stephanie showed early inclinations towards dance at the tender age of three. Not until high school did she by chance, find herself assigned to a ballet class that she did not request. Gomez channeled her energy and soon was noticed by instructors as having natural talent as a dancer.
Flashing forward to college, Stephanie has found a second home in the dance community in her fellow dance majors, friends and instructors at CSUEB. The Theatre and Dance program was also able to send Gomez to attend her first American College Dance Association Regional Workshop earlier in 2017.
Today her ensemble professor will tell you that “she trains harder than almost anyone in our dance program…she has great potential as both a choreographer and performer.”
Stephanie has performed in three productions at CSUEB including ICE/ICE-X 2015, ICE/ICE-X 2016 and Bend The Arc. She looks forward to graduating in 2018, traveling to Los Angeles for auditions and eventually becoming a dance instructor herself.

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Our Students

Byron Johnson is a new student at Cal State East Bay this fall and we are so excited to have him! Byron has more than forty years of experience in theatre. He has chosen our Theatre and Dance Department for its warm repertory feel. Byron is a graduate of the School Of Performing Arts in San Francisco. He is a founding member of San Francisco’s Parks and Recreation’s: Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company. He has been taught by actors Mickey Rooney, Gene Nelson, Terri Ralston and Gloria Weinstock. Byron has performed in many roles such as Applegate in “Damn Yankees”, Ton Ton Julian in “Once on this Island”, Mike in “A Chorus Line”, Mr. Bratt in “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”, Action in “West Side Story”, Benny South Street in “Guys and Dolls”, Prince Dauntless in “Once Upon A Mattress”, King Arthur in “Camelot”, and Potiphar in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. His directorial credits include “Dreamgirls”, “Behind Closed Doors” and “Every Now And Then”. Byron hopes to make many connections and friends while learning and working beside everyone in the department!

Checking In

Since graduating from CSU East Bay in 2013, Jennifer Stern has worked with a Bay Area dance company called High Release Dance Company. After a year of working, rehearsals and performances, she decided to move back home to Los Angeles to be closer to family and the LA dance industry. She completed a three month certificate program at Millennium Dance Complex and trained with many professionals within the industry. She became a teacher for an after school program for children and taught several kids ballet and hip hop after school every day leading up to their final showcase. In 2016, Jennifer auditioned for the newly formed contemporary company within Academy of Villains; a hip hop company based out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. She was one of a handful of selected dancers to be a part of Academy of Villains contemporary company to perform in their first show and record a "Chapters" video on their YouTube channel. She went on to perform with Academy of Villains in their 2017 Vibe Dance Competition set and was even selected to go on their first ever international tour to China. Jennifer and the rest of the company traveled to many parts of China every day for one month. They stopped in 16 different cities and performed 17 shows that were each an hour and a half long. Since being back from China, she continues to train in contemporary and hip hop rehearsals with Academy of Villains until preparations begin for the 2018 Vibe Dance Competition. Jennifer currently works as a substitute teacher during the day for her local school district. She is very appreciative of her time at CSUEB and misses her friends and teachers there dearly.


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Featured Faculty

Theatre and Dance Department Chair, Darryl V. Jones will be directing a staged reading of the new play “Esai’s Table” by Nathan Yungenberg for Crowded Fire Theatre Company as part of their Matchbox Reading Series. The reading will take place on Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm at Brava for Women in the Arts, located in the Brava Studio on the second floor at 2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110.

A full scale co-production of this play is in the works with Crowded Fire Theatre Company and Cal State East Bay for the 2018-2019 theatre season.


Baz Wegner, Performing Arts Tech for the CSUEB Theatre and Dance department, worked on “Ain't Too Proud-The Life and Times of the Temptations” at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre this past summer. The production is currently playing until November 5th. Baz worked on both the props and the scenery for this production. If you have a chance to see the show, look out for the large "Motown M" center stage that Baz helped build!

Dance Faculty, Eric Kupers, is currently working on a project called, “Shabbat Art-Ins”.

Inspired by creative community gatherings like Be-Ins, happenings, raves, the Acid Tests and ritual performance from diverse cultures, Bandelion and the CSUEB Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble are collaborating on orchestrating these new artistic adventures.

Shabbat Art-Ins are experimental performance events that weave together dance, music, theater, bodywork, napping, projections, community gatherings, plays, inquiries, discussions, meditation, healing, jam sessions, Shabbat services, hanging out and what ever inspirations you bring in order to choose your own adventure! The performances will be held on various  Fridays from  6:30 - 10pm in CSUEB’s Dance Studio, Room PE 140.
For more information check here.

If you are interested in sharing dance, music, bodywork, healing, theater, stories, films, artwork or creative explorations of any kind, please contact us.

Some Guidelines:

  • No phones in the space at all. Please keep them stowed away and go out in the hall if you need to text, check on something, call someone, etc.

  • All activity needs to be flexible enough to adapt to the energy happening in the room that night.

  • All sound for performances and happenings must be live.

For more information contact Eric Kupers at:

To check out more information about Dandelion Dancetheatre go to:

Theatre and Dance Department Chair, Darryl V. Jones is directing “The Royale” by Marco Ramirez at Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley, CA. The production runs from November 9th until  December 3rd.

In addition, Technical Design Faculty, Richard Olmsted will be working as Set Designer for the production and Theatre and Dance Staff / Alumna, Courtney Flores will be working as Costume Designer for the production.

Tenure Track Position Opening
Accepting Applications Now!

Assistant Professor of Stage Design, Production Manager

California State University East Bay; tenure-track; beginning Fall, 2018

Theatre and Dance BA program; 50-70 majors; 6 tenured faculty; department operates 460 seat proscenium theatre for department productions and outside users. Facilities include three studio classrooms (one converts to a black box), costume shop, digital design facilities, a seminar/design classroom, and a 2500 square foot scene shop.

DUTIES: Teach design, scenery, lighting, sound, architectural/ production history, multimedia projection, stage management and general education coursework; lead the Technology and Design Concentration, including design of scenery and lighting plus broad oversight of department production; mentor student designers; supervise and advise about theatre operations.

QUALIFICATIONS: Appointment requires an MFA in either Scenic Design or Stage Technology with experience in scenery design, lighting design, and technical management. Candidates must demonstrate a record of college teaching experience, mentoring, active professional creative activity, and/or community service that will contribute to our diversity and excellence.

See the full position announcement and apply online at:

Address questions to Tom Hird, Search Committee Chair, at, 510-885-3118.

APPLICATION DEALINE: Review of applications will begin on or after October 19, 2017. The position will be considered open until filled.

Special Thanks to these creative organizations and artists who collaborate with our
department in multiple, invaluable ways

African and African American Performing Arts Coalition
AXIS Dance Company
Dandelion Dancetheater
Friends of the Arts
Nina Haft and Company
Shawl-Anderson Dance Center
The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
Aurora Theatre - Berkeley
Theatre Rhinoceros
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