Specialty: Acting and Directing
Bio: Kevin is union stage actor and is the co-founder of Southwest Shakespeare Company, a professional classical theatre that performs in the Mesa Arts Center.
Faculty Head of Design and Production
Specialty: Scenic Design, Scenic Art, Art Direction Film & TV
Bio: Kara is full time Theatre Design Faculty at Mesa Community College’s Department of Theatre and Film Arts. Kara holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Arizona State University. In 2011 she received the Kennedy Center Excellence in Theatre Education Award. She has designed for Arizona Broadway Theatre, Actor’s Theatre, The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, 24th Street Theatre of Los Angeles, and Ms Dolly Parton. Her television work includes the networks ABC, NBC, CBS. She has received Emmy honors for her work on Days of Our Lives and an Emmy nomination for her work on General Hospital. Other awards received for Scenic Design ariZoni for Miss Saigon and The Lion in Winter, the Romulo Soldevilla (UNL) for the Importance of Being Earnest. She has worked on a number of films that have remained mostly in the can. She is a member of the Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800, and a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Design and Production Faculty
Costume Shop Coordinator
Specialty: Costume and Makeup Design
Bio: Mallory Prucha, originally from Omaha, NE, is a Resident Faculty Member in Costume Design and Costume Shop Supervisor at Mesa Community College. She received her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of NE-Lincoln Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, where she also taught courses in Stage Make-Up and designed costumes for the first non-professional Regional Premiere of Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Her artwork for the poster is currently housed in the Leonard Bernstein Permanent Archive. Prior to attending UNL, she spent three years as an instructor, costume designer and shop supervisor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Prucha also holds an M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she also obtained a B.A. in Studio Arts. In the summer of 2008, Prucha completed her 8th season of work; her duties ranging in capacity from Costume Designer to Special Projects Assistant in which she created a rendering presented to former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. She has also spent several season designing costumes at the NE Repertory Theatre. Furthermore, she has been the recipient of a two-week fellowship with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which granted her the opportunity to study Theatrical Design with world-renown designers Ming Cho Lee and Constance Hoffman at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. She has also published illustrations for A Primer in Theatre History by Dr. William Grange, (available on amazon.com.) While at UNL, she was award the prestigious Othmer and Sharpless Fellowships and the Hixon Lied Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year in 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys creating large scale chalk artworks that can be found on sidewalks all over the region and has sold one of her chalk murals (executed on paper) to Grammy Award winning artist Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Her artwork has received numerous awards, including the distinction of winner of the Westminster Mint’s International “Green Coin” design competition, which yielded the minting of her design in a limited edition 1-oz silver coin.
Coordinator of Fine Arts Facilities
Technical Director / Production Manager
Specialty: Technical Direction, Production Management, Stage Management
Bio: Chris currently works as the Production Manager and Technical Director for Mesa Community College's Department of Theatre & Film Arts. He also runs the Theatre Outback performance venue at MCC. Chris is an alumni of Arizona State University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Design and Production. He has been an active theatre professional in the greater Phoenix area for over a decade and has been credited on numerous productions as Technical Director and Scenic Designer. Chris is a member of USITT National and USITT Desert State Chapter.
Technical Theatre Coordinator
Asst. Technical Director / Scene Shop Supervisor
Specialty: Technical Direction, Scenic Construction, Production Shop Management.
Bio: Stephanie obtained her BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after attending the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. She has worked in two regional theaters, PCPA Theaterfest and the Denver Center for Performing Arts, as well as freelanced as a Technical Director and over-hire carpenter. Stephanie went on to work for ASU's School of Film, Dance and Theatre for over three years before coming to work at Mesa Community College.
Technical Theatre Coordinator
Sound and Light Supervisor
Specialty: Technical Theatre, Light and Sound
Bio: Jeff has his roots in live sound, having mixed audio for many different live sound venues. He earned his BS in Theatre & Drama with an emphasis on Technical Theatre from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. During his time at UW-Madison, he honed his skills in the disciplines of Sound and Lighting Design. He went on to work as a Sales Representative for Full Compass Systems, recommending and selling Lighting, Sound, Media, Rigging, and Staging Equipment, while freelancing as a Sound Designer and Sound Engineer. He moved to the valley and began working as the Lighting and Sound Supervisor for Mesa Community College.
Coordinator of Box Office Operations
Specialty: Box Office Management
Bio: Marisa is from Western New York and from a Theatrical family. When she saw The Phantom of The Opera she fell in love with the beauty of the Theatre. From there she found herself in a few productions before she moved out to Arizona and then continued working as a Stage Manager and Production Manager for theatre productions. She currently works as the Box Office Coordinator for Mesa Community College's Theatre Outback.
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