Performance and Directing Faculty
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.
Kara Thomson ADG
Design and Production Faculty
Specialty: Scenic Design, Scenic Art, Art Direction Film & TV
Bio: Kara is Faculty and Head of the Theatrical Design, Technical and Management program 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 Bridge Initiative, The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, University of Nebraska, 24th Street Theatre of Los Angeles, Dolly Parton, and Arizona State University. Her television work includes over four thousand aired hours for 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 is a member of the Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800, and a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Currently she serves as Vice-chair of Design, Technical and Management for the Kennedy Center, American College Theatre Festival Region VIII.
Production Manager / Technical Director
Specialty: Technical Direction, Production Management, Stage Management, Venue 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.
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.
Lighting and Sound 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.
Costume Shop Supervisor
Specialty: Costume Design, Costume Construction
Box Office Coordinator
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.