Faculty & Staff

Cal Poly Theatre Department Faculty members are a diverse group of talented individuals. They not only lecture and teach, but also work professionally as actors, designers, and directors.


Bernardo Solano

Bernardo Solano - CHAIR
Professor. Playwriting, Theatre in Education & Community
Bernardo Solano's Bio | 909-869-3952

Office Hours: Noon-1 p.m. Mon, 11 a.m.-Noon Wed, 3-4 p.m. Thurs

Linda Bisesti

Linda Bisesti
Professor – Head of Acting/ Voice, Designated Linklater Voice Teacher
Linda Bisesti's Bio | Website | 909-869-3987

Office Hours: TBD

C. Julian White

C. Julian White
Associate Professor – Acting & Movement
C. Julian White's Bio | 909-869-3953

Office Hours: 1-3 p.m. Tues & Thurs

Gayle Fekete

Gayle M. Fekete
Professor – Dance Theatre

Office Hours: 9-10 a.m. Tues & Thurs, Wed by appointment

Sarah Krainin

Sarah Krainin
Assistant Professor – Head of Design
Sarah's Image Gallery | 909-869-3964

Office Hours: 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-Noon Thursday

Jesse Portillo

Jesse Portillo
Assistant Professor – Lighting & Projection Design

Jesse's Image Gallery | 909-869-3966

Office Hours: 9am - 11am Mondays & Wednesdays

Adjunct Lecturers: Fall 2018

Name Title Office Hours
Paulo Lima Adjunct Theatre Lecturer Noon-1 p.m. on Mon & Wed
Nancy Kyes Adjunct Theatre Lecturer 2-3:30 p.m. on Mon & Wed
Michele Jones Adjunct Theatre Lecturer 9-9:30 a.m. Mon & Wed or Tues by appointment
Jade Cagalawan Adjunct Theatre Lecturer 3:30-4:30 p.m. Mon or Tues by appointment
Paula Solano Adjunct Theatre Lecturer 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tues or Wed by appointment
Richard Pluim Adjunct Theatre Lecturer 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tues & Thurs
John Sylvain Adjunct Theatre Lecturer 1-2 p.m. Mon & 3-5 p.m. Thurs
Doug Cooney Adjunct Theatre Lecturer Thurs by appointment & 12:30-1 p.m. Fri
Joyce Hesselgrave Adjunct Theatre Lecturer By appointment only
Jill Holden Adjunct Theatre Lecturer By appointment only
Emma Mesrobian Adjunct Theatre Lecturer By appointment only
Michael T. Kachingwe Adjunct Theatre Lecturer 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tues & Thurs
Colin Campbell Adjunct Theatre Lecturer 9-9:30 a.m. Mon & Wed or Thurs by appointment
Roberto Oregel Adjunct Theatre Lecturer 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tues or Wed by appointment
Guy Zimmerman Adjunct Theatre Lecturer 5:30-6 p.m. Fri
Emilie Beck Adjunct Theatre Lecturer 5:30-6 p.m. Tues
Rainy Demerson Adjunct Dance Lecturer 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Mon or Thurs by appointment
Jeremy Hahn Adjunct Dance Lecturer Noon-2 p.m. Tues
Zachary Groenewold Adjunct Dance Lecturer 3:30-4 p.m. Mon & Wed
Suchi Branfman Adjunct Dance Lecturer 11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Tues & Thurs
Kim Gadlin Adjunct Dance Lecturer 4:15-5 p.m. Mon



Marie Maslowski, Department Secretary

Vannessa Poveda, Costume Shop Supervisor

Jonathan Bastow, Director of Theatre Facilities

Kenneth Blenc, Technical Director

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