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

Office Hours: T 11-12pm / W 2-4pm / TH 12-1pm PT

Linda Bisesti

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

Office Hours: by appointment

C. Julian White

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

Office Hours: M/W 8:30-9:30am & 2:15-3:15pm / T/TH 2-3pm PT

Gayle Fekete

Gayle M. Fekete
Professor – Dance Theatre

Office Hours: T/TH 12-1pm, or by appointment

Sarah Krainin

Sarah Krainin
Assistant Professor – Head of Design
Sarah's Image Gallery | 909-869-3964
S21 Office Hours: T 9-11:30am and TH 10am-12:30pm. or by appointment
Zoom Meeting Room: 

Jesse Portillo

Jesse Portillo
Assistant Professor – Lighting & Projection Desig
Jesse's Image Gallery | 909-869-3966
Office Hours: M/W 10am-12pm PT

Brian Newman



Brian S. Newman
Assistant Professor – Stage & Production Management
Office Hours: T 2-4pm / W 11am-1pm PT or by appointment




Adjunct Lecturers: Fall 2020

Name Title Office Hours
Paulo Lima Adjunct Theatre Lecturer

M 12:30-1:30pm & 4:30-5:30pm / T/TH 3-4pm / W 12:30-1:30pm or by appointment


Nancy Kyes Adjunct Theatre Lecturer M/W 4-4:30pm or by appointment 
Paula Solano Adjunct Theatre Lecturer T/TH 11:30am-12:30pm PT
Richard Pluim Adjunct Theatre Lecturer By appointment only
John Sylvain Adjunct Theatre Lecturer M/T 12:30-2pm PT
Doug Cooney Adjunct Theatre Lecturer F 11am-1pm PT or by appointment 
Joyce Hesselgrave Adjunct Theatre Lecturer M/W 2-3pm PT or by appointment 
Jill Holden Adjunct Theatre Lecturer T 12-1pm or by appointment
Michael T. Kachingwe Adjunct Theatre Lecturer T/TH 11am-12:30pm PT
Colin Campbell Adjunct Theatre Lecturer W 9:30-11:50am PT or by appointment
Jeremy Hahn Adjunct Dance Lecturer M/W 2-3pm PT or by appointment 
Zachary Groenewold Adjunct Dance Lecturer M/W 3:30-4pm PT
Suchi Branfman Adjunct Dance Lecturer T/TH by appointment 
Kim Gadlin Adjunct Dance Lecturer

F 9-10am PT

Manuel Macias

Adjunct Dance Lecturer

F 11am-12pm PT 

Barbara Bragg

Adjunct Theatre Lecturer


Lily Bartenstein

Adjunct Theatre Lecturer

M 1-3pm / TH 10am-12pm & 2-3pm PT or by appointment  

Tom Bryant

Adjunct Theatre Lecturer

 T/TH 9-10am, 3-4pm, 5:15-6pm PT or by appointment



Marie Maslowski, Department Secretary

Chelsea Sutton, Publicist, csutton@cpp.edu
909-869-3962; Fax: 909-869-3183

Vannessa Poveda, Costume Shop Supervisor

Jonathan Bastow, Director of Theatre Facilities

Kenneth Blenc, Technical Director

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