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 (Head of the Technical Theatre Program, Lighting Designer)

      Considered one of the founders of concert lighting, Jim received the first Concert Lighting Designer of the Year Award from Performance magazine in1980. Early in his career he moved into Las Vegas venues along with many of his touring artists even winning the Las Vegas Designer of the Year in 1982 for “Dream Street,” a production show.

       Also active in television, his work has been recognized with two Emmy nominations and one team award. He served for 10 years as Director of Photography on Entertainment Tonight and then switched to Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune for 12 years. Jim is a member of both USA 829 (Theatrical Lighting Designer) and IA 600 (Director of Photography.) He has written two books; The Business of Theatrical Design, in its 2nd edition, as well as 3 editions of Concert Lighting; Techniques, Art, and Business.

        In theatre Jim has designed lighting for over 350 productions including a recent production of “Doubt” at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre Company. Jim has also received several theatre design awards including the Drama Logue Award and a Los Angeles Theatre Critics Award.

        Recently he was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He has also been honored as a Fellow of the Institute. In 2013 he was honored as a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts for his work there.

        His academic background includes degrees from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in Science with a Theatre minor, an M.F.A. degree from U.C.L.A. in Theatre Design, and a recent Ed D (ABD) degree in Educational Administration from the University of Phoenix.

        He has taught as adjunct faculty and appeared at several universities as an Artist-in-Residence including U.S.C., Carnegie-Mellon University, CalARTS, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, San Diego State University, Pepperdine University, and the University of Colorado.

            For “fun” he is a member of TEAM Coast Guard assigned to Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, where he serves as a communications watchstander and coxswain on rescue boats.

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

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 and Fool 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 and Flight 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)