The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) is proud to welcome six new lecturers in Fall 2023 who will teach in the areas of acting, costume design, scenic design, performance studies, and stage management.
Rebecca J. Ennals spent 21 seasons on the staff of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, including 10 seasons as Artistic Director, where she oversaw all aspects of production, education, and artistic programming. She currently works as an Equity stage manager, educator, and community engagement facilitator for American Conservatory Theater. Ennals holds an M.F.A. from UC Davis and a B.A. from Scripps College and is a graduate of Directors’ Lab West.
Dominique Fawn Hill is a Tony Award-nominated and Obie Award-winning costume designer for Broadway and film. Her designs include world premieres of plays and musicals produced at major venues such as The Public Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC, The Geffen Playhouse, and the Chautauqua Theatre Company. Hill earned her M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego.
Daniel Larlham is a theatre-maker and performance researcher with a Ph.D. in Theatre from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. Larlham has held academic appointments at Yale University’s Theater Studies Program and Saint Mary’s College of California’s Performing Arts Department. His current research interests include drama and psychology, heroes and the heroic, and performance and ecology.
A director, teacher, performer, and theatre maker of Tunisian heritage, and a Sephardic/Mizrahi Jewish feminist- activist-artist, Susannah Martin has taught, directed, and performed for organizations throughout the Bay Area including: Shotgun Players, A.C.T., California Shakespeare Theater, Cutting Ball Theater, Golden Thread Productions, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Mugwumpin, Oakland Theater Project, the Playwright's Foundation, San Francisco Playhouse, TheatreFirst, and West Edge Opera. She received her B.F.A. in Theatre from NYU and her M.F.A. in Directing from UC Davis.
Lana Palmer is a Canadian-born, San Francisco-based artist working in theatre, film, and music. As a sound designer and composer, she is proud to have worked with many leading theatre companies in the Bay Area and throughout North America. Her music is heard on over 100 television shows airing worldwide. She is also producer and co-artistic director of Bread & Butter Theatre, where her credits include Red, The North Pool, Funeral Game, and Skylight. She holds an M.B.A. (Queen Mary University of London), B.F.A. in Film Production and B.A. in Film Studies (University of Regina), and a Graduate Certificate in Audio Post-Production from Fanshawe College.
Arnel Sancianco is a Filipino-American award-winning set and production designer originally from San Diego, CA. Arnel received his B.A. in Drama with an honors in design from UC Irvine and his M.F.A. in Stage Design from Northwestern University. During his time in Chicago, Arnel designed at The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Writer's Theatre, Drury Lane, Timeline, Court Theatre, Northlight, Haven, Steep, The Gift Theatre, and American Theatre Co. Arnel was formerly the professor of scenic design at Arizona State University.