Recent TRFT Faculty Accomplishments

ALISON McKEE has been productive on both the scholarly and creative fronts. She has a contract for a scholarly book: “Home Noir: Gender and Domestic Space in Postwar American Film (1946-1959). Therese Grisham, Merrill Schleier, Alison L. McKee.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press She also has a solicited book chapter in the works: “‘Flung Out of Space’”: Adaptation and the State of Normal in Carol.”  This past July she published her first novel, a  romance. She reports, “No, it’s not in the vein of 50 SHADES OF GRAY. Yes, it’s published under a pen name.”

AMY GLAZER’s latest feature film that she directed, shot in New Mexico, “Kepler’s Dream,” will be premiering at the Mill Valley film Festival October 6-16, 2016. The film featured actress Kelly Lynch (star of “Drugstore Cowboy”). Other directors represented at the festival will be Jim Jarmusch, Kenneth Lonergan, Paul Verhoeven, Terence Davies, Rob Nilsson, Ken Loach and James Franco, so Prof. Glazer is in good company.

JESSA MORENO  directed the World Premiere of Dipika Guha’s Mechanics of Love for Crowded Fire in SF as the inaugural show under new artistic director Mina Morita’s leadership. Guha is, perhaps, the most talented young playwright in California. Jessa was thrilled to invite students to join the professional team, including Matt Casey as Asst. Stage Manager. Matt was asked back to the company and did a remarkable job.

DEBBIE WEBER took a 4-day intensive workshop at Penn State with British Master Tailor, Graham Cottenden.  “I returned with a sample tailored piece that I can use when teaching our more advanced costume students this fall,and I’d like to teach a one-day workshop on making a welt pocket.”

LAURA LONG finished acting work on three indie short films and will be acting in a fourth indie feature film beginning this weekend. She also wrote the script for Tre Nixon’s EP music video and have been consulting on the production. She will be producing the subsequent 4 scripts for that project.

SCOTT WINFIELD SUBLETT has just signed a contract to have his book, Screenwriting for Neurotics from University of Iowa Press, translated into Chinese.

What Are TRFT Alumni Doing Now?

In no  particular order, here are what some of TRFT’s fabulous alumni are up to these days:

  • Tre Nixon has moved to Los Angeles and is finishing his degree down there while also working with music managers at Element One in Hollywood. He is studio recording an EP, which will be released through a series of five music videos; the first is going into production this fall and will be released on YouTube.
  • Emily Long Patterson has  relocated to L.A. and just landed an internship as the assistant to the Director of Development for Eclectic Pictures in Hollywood. She will be working on the next JK Simmons project. She has also landed an ongoing music gig performing with her band at the Pig n Whistle in Hollywood.
  • Spencer Greene finished a lead role in an indie film and produced the art direction on the SJSU summer film with Albert Sanchez. He has just been signed with JTA Talent Agency in Los Angeles and will be heading down for pilot season soon.
  • Paul Sawyer is teaching Theatre and Life Skills at West Valley Middle School. He recently appeared in Broadway West’s production of A Few Good Men. He is working for his sixth year on his website (The High School Theatre Spotlight).
  • Jessica Salans is, in her own words, “actively fighting against the oligarchic, elitist establishment of America. ”
  • Amber Hedges is completing her Master’s thesis in Communications and Culture at the University of Calgary. She also works with the Pacer program in Alberta. “It’s a program that guides patients to do their own research and be a part of medical discourse and shape policies and programs that affect their ailments and recoveries.”
  • Jenine Guisto “is fighting the good fight in Hollywood.”
  • Erica Schwehr is going into her last year of grad school at CalArts and just finished her summer internship with Universal Creative in Hollywood.
  • Dinna Myers now lives in Australia and is the Lighting Designer for Musical Theatre Gisborne’s production of Aladdin.
  • Erin Haney is on tour with Phantom of the Opera as star dresser for Christine and Carlotta
  • Chris Gaoira has started “pre-pre-pre-production” on a TV series, Talk to the End, which involves arm and rod puppets and tabletop role-playing games
  • Robert Solis has worked for the last 18 years as a graphic designer with the American Cancer Society and recently played Romero in Victor Herbert’s Serenade with Lyric Theatre of San Jose.
  • Jessica McGinty is working on Broadway as Hair Swing on Kinky Boots, Aladdin and Fiddler on the Roof. She freelances as a wig builder
  • Kelly Lehane works as a Group Sales Rep at SHN Broadway in San Francisco. Sheis entering her sixth year as a Stage Manager for Redbarn Productions at The Dickens Fair.
  • Keith Gehrig is in the second year of his MFA in Arts Leadership.
  • David Tousley received his MFA in Design from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015. He worked recently with Broadway set designer Robert Brill on the live production of Frozen at California Adventure. and he now works as a PA for New York Fashion Week and assisting set designer, Scott Pask.
  • Roxi Nobaris is currently training to specialize in Drama Therapy as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern.
  • Josh Marx earned his MFA in 2013 from Rutgers and Is directing “A Few Good Men” at Hillbarn this fall. He is also involved in helping produce the upcoming immersive experience, The Speakeasy.
  • Gina Mathios works g as an actress and PA in San Francisco
  • Christina Sturken has worked the past three years as a Sales Associate at Musson Theatrical. She also works as a freelance Props Designer and Stage Manager around the Bay Area.
  • Amy Lizardo is now a member of Actors Equity and has acted in productions at Berkeley Rep, ACT, SF Playhouse and CalShakes. She will return this falll to Oregon Shakespeare Festival to act and teach for their school visit program.

TRFT Welcomes Two New Permanent Faculty Members


Andrea has designed scenery for over 300 productions and numerous world premieres at theatres across the country including TheatreWorks, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, The Starlight Theatre, Wildwood, Marin Theatre Company, Opera San Jose, and many others. She has worked at or been a guest designer at several universities including University of Chicago, Stanford University, University of Michigan, Ohio University, Butler University, and University of Wisconsin.  Numerous awards include three Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle Awards, a Denver Ovation Award for Macbeth, and her designs were included in the 2005 World Design Expo and the 1996 Prague Quadrennial.  Andrea is a Member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE local 829. Andrea gave up a fancy job at University of Chicago to join us here in the Bay Area.



Michael is a scenic designer with longtime Bay Area roots, who has been teaching as an adjunct lecturer at SJSU since 2013. His recent regional credits include productions for the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theater, Centerstage (Baltimore), Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater, and Playmakers Repertory Theater. His designs have been seen Off-Broadway and at venues throughout New York and the northeast. Here in the Bay Area, local credits include numerous productions with the Magic, Cal Shakes, CenterRep, and the Cutting Ball Theater, where he is a longtime artistic associate. Michael is a founding member of Hollywood-based Tiled Field Productions, a graduate of the University of California San Diego and the Yale School of Drama. He also works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, specializing in marketing material for the performing arts.