ACTING & VOICE FACULTY
Amanda Creighton Voice
Fred Fate Acting, Movement
Christopher Fairbanks Voice
Dan Green Acting
Beth Hogan Acting
Tina Kronis Voice, Movement
Tony Maggio Acting
Louie Piday Acting, Intro to Theater
Jennifer Rountree Voice Development
ADJUNCTS (not teaching this semester)
Fred Fate (Emeritus Professor of Acting and Movement, former chair) 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.
Leslie Ferriera is a Professor in the Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College, Chair of the department and Producing Director of the Theatre Academy. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and his M.F.A. in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied with Lawrence Carra. Three of his original physical theatre productions, Unto You, Within Us (co-directed with Tina Kronis), and five others, including Sam Shepard’s The Unseen Hand, A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, AutoPLAY and Our Lady of 121st Street were performed at Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festivals. His collaboration, with Theatre Movement Bazaar, The Untitled Warhol Project, performed at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and The Los Angeles Theatre Center as part of KC/ACTF Festival 45 where it won six national awards including Outstanding Direction, Distinguished Devised Work and Distinguished Ensemble. His production of Our Lady of 121st Street also performed at the Odyssey and won seven national KC/ACTF awards.
For ATHE he has taught Viewpoints/Tanztheatre workshops in Chicago, New York, San Diego and Toronto. He has also directed for ATHE/PlayWorks.
He 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. Mr. Ferreira has also worked 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.
A member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Mr. Ferreira was for many years the Society's Regional Coordinator on the West Coast and has coordinated the SDC Event at five Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festivals.
He directed the stage version of the Disney/Walden film Holes for Walden Entertainment in Denver, Colorado. In 2010 he participated in a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts directing Bloody Red Heart at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble.
He was the Managing Director of the two-stage Equity theatre, Carnegie Mellon Theatre Company, and the Artistic and Producing Director for the Pittsburgh Park Players.
He served for many years as an Ovation Voter for the Los Angeles Stage Alliance and has sat on the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Grant Panel for Dance. In 2009 the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival honored him with the Faculty Fellowship in Directing for Outstanding Achievement as a Teaching Artist and in 2014 he received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Excellence in Theatre Education Award.
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.
Tina Kronis is a theatre arts educator who has taught students internationally for over 30 years. Ms. Kronis currently serves on the faculty of the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy where she co-directed and choreographed UNTITLED WARHOL PROJECT and WITHIN US. She directed ANTON’S UNCLES for the Academy, which was honored as a National Selection from the KC/ACTF, and was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
In addition, she is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the LA-based interdisciplinary theatre company Theatre Movement Bazaar, a company dedicated to creating original performance works. Led by principal artists Kronis + Richard Alger, TMB’s award-winning productions merge dance, theatre, and cinema, heightening physicality and remixing theatre forms to create provocative story telling. Ms. Kronis is co-creator, director and choreographer on all TMB projects. Her productions tour the US, UK and China, and include an original dance theatre work made in collaboration with an all Chinese cast of performers, POKER NIGHT BLUES, and BIG SHOT: THIS IS NOT THE GODFATHER, a vaudevillian dance-theatre riff on the Godfather films. For TMB she is also directing and performing in their latest production, THE CASSANDRA PROJECT, which will premiere at the Getty Villa in November 2015. Ms. Kronis’ work as a performer also includes 3 shows for the Swiss mask-dance-theatre company, MUMMENSCHANZ, on Broadway and internationally.Her productions have received numerous awards for direction, choreography, adaptation, and ensemble.
Tony Maggio, Instructor, Acting, recently appeared in the sold-out, LA Times Critics Choice production of CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC at the Fountain Theatre. Some of the theatres where Mr. Maggio has acted are the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Pasadena Playhouse, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Evidence Room, Plaza de la Raza, Stages, John Anson Ford Theatre, Segerstrom Center, LA Theatre Works and the Colony Theatre in Los Angeles and with Playwrights Horizons and the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York. He has received six Drama-Logue Awards, three LA Weekly Awards, a Garland Award, an Ovation Award, three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nominations and one LADCC Award for his various performances. Some of his favorite roles include Billy the Kid in THE COLLECTED WORKS OF BILLY THE KID, John Merrick in THE ELEPHANT MAN, Quentin in AFTER THE FALL, Horst in BENT, Prince Conti in LA BETE and Tom Joad in THE GRAPES OF WRATH. He has acted in over forty film and television roles. A proud graduate and current full-time faculty member at the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy, Tony holds a B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles. Resume
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(Emeritus Professor of Theatre, Former 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.