University of Southern California
black horizontal bar for print styles

USC School of Theatre

USC School of Theatre students Julia McIlvaine and Clay Elliot perform in a staged reading of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest." The special event held in January acknowledged the support of family and friends. The School of Theatre's active production schedule of over 20 shows each school year uses four theatre facilities: the Bing Theatre, Scene Dock Theatre, Massman Theatre and Village Gate.

One of the premier theatre schools in the United States, the USC School of Theatre provides the necessary education and training for graduates to excel in the professional theatre and related fields. Theatre also provides an ideal foundation to a liberal education that prepares students for a wide range of career interests. The school promotes and supports innovative and flexible ways to achieve students' educational and professional goals.

Theatre is both a collaborative endeavor and a universal means of communication. The school educates students in the history of theatre, while preparing them to add to that history, to use their talents, skill and imagination to explore the limitless possibilities the art of theatre offers.

The USC School of Theatre is significantly enhanced by its location in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world. Theatre professionals frequently teach seminars, mentor students and participate in School of Theatre productions.

Graduates of the school work professionally in all aspects of theatre, film and television. The school's performance and design faculty are dynamic teachers who also regularly work in the theatre and entertainment industry.

The breadth of learning opportunities offered at the school prepares students for the spectrum of careers in the professional theatre, including performance, production, management and teaching. The School of Theatre also strives to instill confidence, integrity, excellence and artistic sensitivity into each of its students -- traits that are essential to success in any field.

Drama Center 100
(213) 740-1286
FAX: (213) 740-8888


Madeline Puzo, Dean
Sharon M. Carnicke, Ph.D., Associate Dean
Velina Hasu Houston, Ph.D., Associate Dean
John R. Rowe, Associate Dean


Professors: Sharon M. Carnicke, Ph.D.; Velina Hasu Houston, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Christopher Akerlind, M.F.A.; Margo Apostolos, Ph.D.; Meiling Cheng, D.F.A.; Don Llewellyn, Jr., M.F.A.; James D. Wilson, M.F.A.

Assistant Professors: Angus Fletcher, Ph.D.; Oliver Mayer, M.F.A.

Senior Lecturers: Paul Backer, M.F.A.; Brent Blair, M.A.; David Bridel; Charlotte Cornwell; Alicia Grosso, M.F.A.; Joseph Hacker, M.F.A.; Duncan Mahoney; Andrew J. Robinson; John (Jack) R. Rowe; Eric Trules; Lora Zane, M.F.A.

Lecturers: Anita Dashiell-Sparks; Mary-Joan Negro; Natsuko Ohama; Stephanie Shroyer

Adjunct Faculty: Anthony Abatemarco; Luis Alfaro; Philip G. Allen; Bill Ballou; Corbett Barklie; Joe Bays; Michael Biers; John Bledsoe; Jason Robert Brown; Anne Burk; Kevin Carlisle; Joseph Carter; Frank Catalano; Stacie Chaiken; Paula Cizmar; Debra DeLiso; B.J. Dodge; Kathleen Dunn; Jeff Flowers; Jay Fuentes; Parmer Fuller; Rafael Garcia; Miranda Garrison; Takeshi Hamagaki; Elizabeth Bell Haynes; Nicole Hodges; Elizabeth Hogan; Paula Holt; Christina Haatainen Jones; Michael Keenan; Neel Keller; Mary K. Klinger; Edgar Landa; Joey Letteri; Kevin McCorkle; Gates McFadden; Babette Markus; Randy Mell; Ntare Mwine; Brian Nelson; Jaqueline Pavlich; Lewis Segal; Jonathan Sharp; Larry Sousa; Kelly Ward; Julie Welch; Dan Wheeler; Regina Williams

Emeritus Professors: John E. Blankenchip, M.F.A.; Eve Roberts, M.F.A.; Robert R. Scales, Ph.D.