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USC School of Theatre

USC School of Theatre student Sarah Gise is dressed to kill as the vengeful protagonist of Euripides’ “Medea,” a Greek tragedy first performed over 2,000 years ago. The USC School of Theatre’s active production schedule includes more than 20 shows each year. The most recent season featured works by William Shakespeare, August Strindberg and Neil LaBute.

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 104
(213) 740-1286
FAX: (213) 740-8888


Madeline Puzo, Dean

Sharon M. Carnicke, Ph.D., Associate Dean

Velina Hasu Houston, Ph.D., Associate Dean

Jack R. Rowe, Associate Dean


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

Associate Professors: Margo Apostolos, Ph.D.; Meiling Cheng, D.F.A.; Don Llewellyn, Jr., M.F.A.; Oliver Mayer, M.F.A.

Assistant Professors: Luis Alfaro; Angus Fletcher, Ph.D.; Christina Haatainen-Jones; Tom Ontiveros, M.F.A.; Sibyl Wickersheimer, M.F.A.

Associate Professors of Theatre Practice: Paul Backer, Ph.D.; Andrei Belgrader; Brent Blair, M.A.; David Bridel; Charlotte Cornwell; Alicia Grosso, M.F.A.; Joseph Hacker, M.F.A.; Duncan Mahoney; Natsuko Ohama; Brian Parsons; Andrew J. Robinson; Jack R. Rowe; Eric Trules; L. Zane, M.F.A.

Assistant Professors of Theatre Practice: Elsbeth M. Collins; Anita Dashiell-Sparks, M.F.A.; Mary‑Joan Negro; Stephanie Shroyer, M.F.A.

Adjunct Faculty: Tony Abatemarco; Philip G. Allen; Joe Anthony; Corbett Barklie; Joe Bays; John Bledsoe; Jason Robert Brown; Anne Burk; Joseph Carter; Lisa Carter; Frank Catalano; Stacie Chaiken; Paula Cizmar; Debra DeLiso; Kathleen Dunn-Muzingo; Dan Fishbach; Jeff Flowers; Jay Fuentes; Parmer Fuller; Rafael Garcia; Anne Garcia-Romero; Miranda Garrison; Alexander Greschenko; Takeshi Hamagaki; Elizabeth Hogan; Paula Holt; Takeshi Kata; Michael Keenan; Mary K. Klinger; Edgar Landa; Rachael Lawrence; Joey Letteri; Victoria Looseleaf; Kevin McCorkle; Gates McFadden; Babette Markus; Randy Mell; Ntare Mwine; Jacqueline Pavlich; Leah Piehl; Valerie Rachelle; Bradley Rapier; Jon Lawrence Rivera; John Rubinstein; Doug Tompos; Matt Walker; Julie Welch; Kenji Yamaguchi

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